Marta has donated a signed copy of Happy Hour at Casa Dracula to be won by one random commenter (giveaway details at the end of the post). Marta will be dropping in to answer your questions or comments in the spirit of the interview so be ready. You can also enter by telling us your favourite vampire joke. As an additional prize and incentive, I am going to choose the joke I like best and I will send a regular copy of the book anywhere The Book Depository ships. And now since I went to all this trouble... here's Marta!
SFG: I know I invited you to guest over here at the illustrious SciFiGuy.ca blog, but for the life of me I can’t remember why. Can you refresh my memory? Did you bribe me?
SFG: I hear that you are an author. Did you apply for that job? Have you written anything I might have heard of (or anyone else for that matter*snicker*)?
You heard wrong. I am not an author. I am an aspiring animal cloning scientist. In fact, I now have several replicas of Señor Pickles. Some of the clones are not quite right, if you know what I mean. However, until my business takes off, as it undoubtedly will, I have scribbled some books to earn money for test tubes and Petri dishes. They are Happy Hour at Casa Dracula, Midnight Brunch, and The Bride of Casa Dracula. Haunted Honeymoon at Casa Dracula will be released in October 2010.
SFG: Your vampires drink fine vintages of assorted animal blood and wine. Why so wimpy?
SFG: Milagro is the leading lady in your series. Didn’t Robert Redford play opposite her in the movie the Milagro Beanfield War? Is she a good girl or a bad girl?
Robert Redford is way too old for Milagro and so not her type. (Her type can be narrowed down to “not too old.”) Milagro is better than being merely a good or bad girl. She’s a fun girl. Being fun means that you make more complex moral decisions, instead of just relying on one set of standard rules. Is it okay to ditch your boring prospective in-laws and hang out with drunken handsome tourists? Sure, sometimes it is. Is it okay to go out with someone nicknamed The Dark Lord when your fiancé is out of the country? Absolutely, if you have to attend a wedding full of snobs.
SFG: Casa Dracula is in all your titles except Midnight Brunch (Book 2). Memory lapse? Also I thought Dracula was from Transylvania not some casa. Am I being obtuse?
Yes, you’re being obtuse. You’re all things that begin with O. Obtuse, Obstinate, Ornery, and at that bad Millennium party you got all Origami on us by the end. It took hours to unfold you.
Midnight Brunch was going to be called Midnight Brunch at Casa Dracula. My editor at that time changed it. I don’t know why. It might be changed back, but I’m not sure. No one tells me anything. And, you know, Dracula’s castle is sometimes called Casa Dracula. It shows up on my Google Alert for the title.
SFG: Your next book is Haunted Honeymoon at Casa Dracula. Will there be lots of sex (nudge nudge wink wink)?
Yes, more sex! In fact, there’s sex right from the start. There’s some perverseness, some exhibitionism, and lots of bloodplay. Milagro is a little slutty, but I come up with a justification for that, which allows her to seem worthwhile and still do it with the hot guys. And by “it” I mean the hokey-pokey.
SFG: You’ve said you like the colour green on book covers, even suggested I make a video of them *raises eyebrows*. Are you some sort of environmentalist or is it envy of my blog?
Now you’re being Oblivious. I never said I liked green on book covers. I said I was seeing a lot of green covers. I don’t like green covers. Too zombie-ish.
SFG: Speaking of blogs. Vampire Wire. Semi-naked guys. Dracula 2000 tribute videos. What’s with that. Eeew. You don’t actually expect guys to visit do you, especially us manly Canadian Dudley Do-right types?
SFG: You seem intimidated by my interest in Olympic curling and term me an evil Canadian. You do recognize that the latter is an oxymoron? What do you do for fun in California?
We surf and get plastic surgery. We grow medical marijuana and wonder where Ohio is. We practice nutty religions and recycling. We play Six Degrees of Separation from Kevin Bacon. (I’m two degrees.) We consider moving to Ohio, but we’re not sure A) where it is, B) if there’s good surfing and access to medical marijuana, and C) if we’ll have to do our own Botox injections there.
SFG: I heard a rumour that you like to play Flight of the Bumblebee on the tuba, your favourite instrument. Any truth to that? I of course prefer the trombone.
The Third Man.” Tragically, the zither is not appreciated by cultural barbarians (Editors note: Is she talking about Canadians?). Zither music is featured in my second novel, which also references “The Third Man.” That way I get to write-off my new zither on my taxes. My last zither got busted up in that damn party of yours, which you would remember if you weren’t so Obliterated.
SFG: You’ve been accused of being funny. Challenge time. Give us your best vampire or werewolf walks into a bar joke.
A vampire walks into a bar and sits down at the counter. The bartender says, “What can I do you for?” The vampire says, “I’m feeling like a little Jack Daniels?” The bartender says, “Sorry, you drained him dry last week and his body is rotting in the back alley. How about Jim Beam?”
Werewolf walks into a bar. Bartender says, “Sorry, we don’t serve dogs or animals.” Werewolf says, “I’m a werewolf. I’d shapeshift, but I don’t want to throw all the ladies into a mad frenzy when they see the python between my legs.” Bartender says, “Dogs, snakes, I don’t give a damn. Get the hell out of my bar.”
SFG: Living, dead or undead, what author would you most like to take on a date?
None. Authors are cheap SOBs who will always stick you with the bill. They’re egocentric and whiney. “Why can’t my book sell like The DaVinci Code? Whaa, whaa, whaa!”
SFG: Finally, any new projects you would like to tell us about *glances impatiently at watch*?
I’ve got a fabulous young adult gothic, The Shadow Girl of Birch Grove, which is with a few editors now. If they don’t buy it, I may self-publish. If I self-publish, I’m going to rewrite it with lots of gratuitous sex scenes and blood-drinking and maybe I’ll throw in a few more murders.
Also, there’s Haunted Honeymoon at Casa Dracula, coming out in October. It rocks. It’s funny, but sad, but happy and all that stuff. There are scenes that make me cry, but in the good way, and then there are literary allusions that no one will get and some post-modernism, but no one gives a damn about that. I just write that way because it amuses me. Also, there’s a cat named Señor Pickles.
Marta, if I'm ever in California, you are the first one I'll call!
Haunted Honeymoon at Casa Dracula (Book 4) releases in October, so if you haven't had the chance to read the series, then hustle down to the bookstore and get the first three books.
You can visit Marta at her Official Website and at her blog Vampire Wire.
Vampires, Cocktails, Mayhem - Casa Dracula Book OneGIVEAWAY GUIDELINES:
Gardener and writer Milagro is struggling to pay her rent and can't find a worthwhile guy. When a passionate kiss with a fabulous man named Oswald causes her to become extremely ill, she hides at his country estate with his snobby family, who claim they aren't vampires. Oh, and her ex-boyfriend wants to drive a stake through her heart.
Secret Rituals, Desert Spas, and Movie Stars - Casa Dracula Book Two
When her vampire boyfriend's family excludes Milagro from a mysterious midnight ceremony, she sets out to learn more about the vampires. She doesn't expect to find herself listed on the menu, though. A screenwriting job takes her away from danger -- or so she thinks -- and to a lavish resort with dark secrets of its own.
Wedding Jitters- Engagement Rings - Sabotage - Casa Dracula Book Three
Milagro and her vampire fiance have announced their wedding date, but her wedding coordinators make her crazy, the Vampire Council interferes, and she keeps running into the too sexy vampire who once saved her life. Is someone trying to make sure Milagro doesn't walk down the aisle?
- Grand prize, one signed copy of Happy Hour at Casa Dracula to giveaway courtesy of Marta Acosta to be drawn randomly and a second copy (unsigned) for the best joke to be selected by me.
- Leave a comment or question for Marta or tell us your favourite vampire joke.
- Open to US and Canada for the signed copy and open internationally for the best joke.
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- Giveaway open until Midnight, March 16, 2010 EST.