Armand Rosamilia is an author with Devil Dog Press. He has a wonderful sense of humor and loves to joke around. He is a proud family man and loves his wife and kids dearly! He has written many many stories and let me tell you they are good! If you haven’t read any of them you must do so immediately! Don’t let this pass you by! Please help me in welcoming Armand Rosamilia to Roadie Notes.
1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?
I started writing really bad Dean Koontz rip-off stories when I was about twelve. That lasted for way too many years. I never wrote for anyone to read it but at 18 I sent out a short story called ͞ Beastie͟ (about a drunk grave robber accosted by bats) to a side-stapled zine (you kids look that up to see what it was) and it got accepted. I got a free copy of the zine as payment.
2. How many books have you written?
Quite a few. I have over 100 short stories, novellas and novels released so far, with many more coming. In 2016 I made a conscious effort to write and release longer books but I still dabble with shorts and an occasional novella when an idea strikes me.
3. Anything you won’t write about?
I have three kids so nothing really bad about kids. I don’t think a good story has to shock you with taboos or just messed up stuff for the sake of being shocking. Don’t get me wrong, people are animals and real life stuff on the news is too horrific at times, but I think violence for violence sake in a story isn’t my thing as a reader or writer. Yet… I’ve written some messed up stuff in my career…
4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have
another job etc...
I’m 46 but feel older. I am happily married to Shelly, who is super supportive of my career. I write full-time for the past six years with three children. I am overweight and lazy and hate the heat, yet I live in Florida… I tend to do things the hard way.
5. What’s your favorite book you have written?
Tough question but probably The Enemy Held Near, which I co-wrote with Jay Wilburn. I think it showed a maturity and range for me as an author I hadn’t previously explored. It was definitely all about the characters and I loved how well-rounded we made them. It’s not just another haunted house story.
6. Who or what inspired you to write?
Dean Koontz books from my mother’s huge horror paperback library as a kid. My mother still is a huge horror reader although she’s only read a few of mine. She’s more into Stephen King stuff than what I write. She gave me her love of reading and my father gave me his storytelling B.S.
7. What do you like to do for fun?
I read a lot of nonfiction at night before bed. I spend time with my family indoors. I eat out at restaurants too much. I watch the Red Sox on TV. Binge-watch shows with my wife. Just enjoy the quiet sometimes.
8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?
I really don’t. I am usually writing 3-5 projects at once so finishing one just means another gets added to the dry erase board to work on as well. I like to keep busy. I usually only take a break to get excited when my royalties come in or I smell food.
9. Where do you write? Quite or music?
I have my own office in the house. I need some kind of noise, so a fan is usually on and I have headphones on with something loud and heavy playing, depending on the scene I’m writing. I’m an 80’s metal guy but I also like some randomly weird stuff I won’t mention so you don’t make fun of me.
10. Anything you would change about your writing?
Not really. I cringe when I read my earlier stuff. I think I’ve matured as a storyteller. I’ll never be anything more than a pulp writer telling a story. I just hope I keep getting better the more I write and read. Always room for improvement.
11. What is your dream? Famous writer?
I have a checklist of the steps I’d like to take to get to where I want to be in my life. It’s not all about the money but the money plays a part in the grand scheme of things. I want to be comfortable and happy in my career. I also have an ego so moving up the chain is a nice perk, too.
12. Where do you live?
New Jersey boy living in Jacksonville Florida
Nope. Not an animal person at all. My wife is allergic to cats and dogs, which is fine with me.
14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?
The connections to other authors and readers. Having people read your work and it moves them enough to write you a message and tell you the good and bad of what you’ve written. I love the questions from fans who can’t wait to read what’s next.
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