Armand Rosamilia Visits Wednesday Wonders
Please Welcome Armand Rosamilia!
And don’t worry, I’ve banished the dogs to the other
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
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
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