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Armand Rosamilia Visits Wednesday Wonders

Please Welcome Armand Rosamilia!

Hi Armand I am so happy that you dropped by to visit!

And don’t worry, I’ve banished the dogs to the other

 room. :-)               

Armand many people don’t like the name they were given at birth. Do you like your given name? If not, what would you rather have been named?

I hated Armand growing up (It’s actually Armando) but love it now. My friends call me Mando. When I was in high school, Anne Rice’s Vampire Armand was quite popular and people thought it was a fake name… so many idiots were running around calling themselves Larry Lestat and crap like that.

Do you write under your given name or a pseudonym?

I guess just using Armand Rosamilia instead of Armando is a bit different, but everyone in my family with this name (Italian family, so every first-born male is named Armando) goes by Armand.

Is there a routine you go through before you begin writing?

Yes and it begins with coffee brewing. While I wait I check my e-mails, sales and whatnot. I guzzle my first cup (I usually finish two pots of coffee a day myself) and begin writing. My daily goal is 2,000 words.

Is there anyone you admire?

My father, who worked his ass off for the family. We weren’t very financially well-off, but he worked for 30 years in the same job, rose through the ranks, and retired at 50. Yet, we never knew we were borderline poor because my parents took care of us and made us respect everything and work for what you wanted instead of just asking for it.

What do you like to read?

Everything. I especially love horror fiction, but non-fiction books (music biographies and history) and steampunk, thrillers and crime fiction are right up there.

Do you have a favorite author?

Dean Koontz was the guy who got me into reading horror. As a young kid and into my teens I read everything he released, since my mother bought anything horror that came out.

Does it have to be quiet when you write or do you like background noise? TV, music, etc.

That depends on what I’m writing and the scene I’m writing. When writing a zombie attack I’ll listen to some old school Heavy Metal I grew up on, like Anthrax or Slayer. When I’m writing something ‘quieter’ or more character-driven I tend to write in silence.

Beach or mountains? You know I’m really going to have to do a poll on this question :-)

I was born in New Jersey and grew up on the Jersey shore. Now I live a quick drive to the beaches in Florida, so I’ve always been close to the beach.

What inspires you?

Everything around me. My girlfriend, the kids, the weird people you see at WalMart in the middle of the night… as a writer, everything is a potential story and character. (This is too funny! I take it you get all those funny people of walmart emails too.)

Okay Favorite snack food?

I eat way too many snacks and junk. Sitting here writing all day and most nights, I keep eating crap and gaining weight. M&M’s are my Kryptonite.

Doesn’t matter who we are, man, woman, child, all of us get freaked out by something. Spiders, mice, snakes, bugs, geese, etc. What freaks you out?

Yes, lol… I am actually quite afraid of dogs, no matter how small or big. As long as they are loose and looking at me I freak out. I’m a big dude (six foot, 280 pounds, look like Kerry King from Slayer) but I will run like a little girl. (You’ll have to tell us in the comments, but why are you afraid of dogs?)

What is the most unusual job you’ve ever had?

I’ve done retail for over 20 years, mostly as a store manager, until I started writing full-time last September. The strangest was probably working at a fast food chicken place, having to cut up chickens for the fryers. It was a horrible job, I was 18, and I lasted 2 weeks.
I read on another blog, that a writer was working on 10 novels at once. Confusing! Do you work on one or multiple novels at a time?

I always have 3-5 stories open that I am working on. Some are farther along than others, but I try to write 2,000 words a day on something and hopefully more.

What do you like to do when you are not writing?

Watching the Boston red Sox, listening to Heavy Metal, and spending time with the family… although they complain I write too much… Hmm…Heavy metal? Favorite group?

And last question…Do you have anything new coming out that you’d like to share with us?

Always something coming out! The easiest way to see my latest is to go to my blog and see the links there at

http://armandrosamilia.com/

Thank you for the interview!                                                                       

Armand Rosamilia  

And Thank you for being here! And make sure you read back through, because I tossed

in a couple more questions to your answers. :-)

And that cover over there>>>>>>> Is scary

You can find all of Armand’s books here

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Armand+Rosamilia

And tweet him here  @ArmandAuthor

22 Comments

  1. Reblogged this on Armand Rosamilia and commented:
    Great Interview with Armand Rosamilia (me!)

    • Yes it is and did you post it on your fb page too? I’ve tweeted and posted on my fb page “Different Corners” Thanks once again for letting me interview you!

  2. What a great interview! Karen, you bring out things that I want to know about writers- Great questions.

    Armand, I enjoyed learning more about you. You are an interesting guy and a great writer. Writing everyday is so important and having open works is the best way to bring out ones imagination. Great interview!

    • Hi Dannie. I’m glad you enjoyed the interview. I love to find out what lurks in the minds of writers!

  3. Thank you for the interview and thanks for the kind words, Danniehill…

    Armand

    • You’re welcome. It was a pleasure finding out about you. Now tell me, Why are you afraid of dogs? When I was little my family had a pet chicken that everyone could pet and even pick up, everyone that is but me. The minute I would walk out the door it would chase me and peck at my legs. So did you have a similar experience with dogs?

      • I’d like to say I’m afraid of dogs because I got attacked as a kid or something, but I really have no idea. No matter how big or small the dog I start to sweat and freak out, especially when they are off the leash. I hate going for a walk because all I think about is neighborhood dogs attacking me.

        Armand

  4. Frank E

    GREAT interview! I had a chance to interview Armand a few weeks back. He is fun to talk with as well as read. Wish I had thought of some of these questions. Outstanding job.

    • Frank… the restraining order works online as well… my lawyer will be contacting you. Thanks for the kind words! I love doing these interviews and having some unique questions thrown at me instead of the same old same old.

      Armand

      • Hi Frank
        Even though I ask all the authors the same questions in my interviews I think most of the questions bring out each author’s unique personality. I mean would have known (except for personal friends and family) That Armand would be afraid of dogs, or like heavy metal. ( I’m an 80′s head banger. Love my rock and roll.)

      • No, I have not read it yet. I love reading books about music and especially about Metal. I have a pretty decent sized collection of Metal print books and always looking for more.

        I’m 42 and grew up on 80′s Metal as well… Thrash Metal is my favorite: Anthrax, Slayer, Megadeth old Metallica, Cyclone Temple, Overkill, Exodus, Testament…

      • Now I have another question! Armand Have you read “Take A Walk On The Dark Side” Rock and Roll Myths, Legends, and Curses by R. Gary Patterson?

  5. Great interview! Thanks for coming to the party!
    I had no idea that M&M’s were the new Kryptonite…
    Remember to click on a few links at the party and tell them that Susie sent you! Then they will click back!

    • Yet I can’t stop eating M&M’s… lol, eating a pound of plain ones right now while I write… sigh…

      Armand

      • Try nuts! I have a jar of walnuts and a dish of peanuts. They are my Kryptonite..

      • I like the plain ones, but not the peanut ones.

    • Hi Susie And you are welcome. I will stop back by and visit some of the others! And thank you. Drop by any time :-)

      • my favorite nuts are cashews… but dipped in chocolate.

        Armand

  6. Hi Susie nuts are good too and they are good for you.

    • Hi Armand I love cashews and pecans, but have never had them dipped in chocolate, guess I’ll have to try that!

      • Dollar General carries chocolate covered cashews that are to die for, lol… look in the nut/popcorn section, they are in a can like peanuts.

        Armand

      • Guess that means I have to go shopping tomorrow! lol!

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