Bec: Armand, welcome to my blog once again! It’s been awhile since I’ve last shared you with the world. For those that don’t know you, please tell us a little bit about yourself –
Armand: No. I am a very private person. Actually, I’m a New Jersey boy currently living in Florida. I write full-time and feel blessed I can pay the bills doing what I love doing. I just got engaged to the perfect woman and can’t wait to be married to her. She supports me and allows me to write and not worry too much about the business side of my career. I like M&M’s, no walks on the beach and air conditioning.
Bec: Tell us about your book/s –
Armand: The latest is Dying Days 4, the next part in my extreme zombie series. The zombies have begun to evolve and now they’re starting to think and outmaneuver the survivors. I think it is one of my best stories, and I’ve written a few so far.
Bec: Not too long ago we were both involved in a charity book (The Carnival 13), how did you come up with your twisted contribution to that book?
Armand: It was easy once I read the nine chapters that came before me. The story flowed, but I had to add a few of my own twists in there to make the chapter ‘mine’ like having a midget involved. It just seemed like it fit.
Bec: Why zombies? Why not space-alien-cyber-sluts or underground-slime-worms or even dirty-shaved-werewolves?
Armand: Those are all for the next book. Zombies are fascinating to me, but I wanted to write all facets of horror. When the Dying Days series took off I felt I had to keep telling the story, but I am trying to expand into other areas of horror.
Bec: What is one thing about your books that fairly screams they were written by you? What’s your signature trait?
Armand: People point out my usage of women in thongs in the Dying Days series. I can’t help it. I have female characters who still need to wear clothing. And undies.
Bec: If you could have a pet zombie, what would it look like (yes, we want details)? What would its name be?
Armand: I hate pets. I am not an animal person at all. But if I had to have one it would be Mark Tufo. Scraggly beard and Red Sox hat and all the rest. It would grunt with a Bahston accent, too.
Bec: If all horrors came to life and you were in one hell of a situation, what would you rather accidentally ingest? Feces or bloody-puss-snot?
Armand: Both options seem so tasty. Can I mix the two and get the best of both worlds?
Bec: Did you gag on the last question, thinking about either of those things flying into your mouth and sliding down your throat?
Armand: I had coffee in my mouth. So I owe you a smack on your ass when we meet.
Bec: What should we be watching for from you in the future? Don’t you have a movie made (or being made) based on one of your books/stories?
Armand: I have a movie made based on a treatment I wrote. It is filmed and being put together, and I’ll go back and write the adaptation for it this summer. I’m working with a Hollywood company and writing stories to be made into movies in the future, but you never know what will happen. I also had an option taken on my Keyport Cthulhu book, so I’m hopeful it will be made at some point.
Bec: Using six words, and only six words, what would your advice be to new writers (yes, you must use a total of exactly six words)?
Armand: I make millions writing because I
Bec: What pisses you off the most about the writing community?
Armand: The sense we are all in competition with one another. As if a reader only reads one book a year. The recently finished Summer of Zombie Blog Tour 2014 proved it wrong. 32 zombie authors selling their books and finding new readers.
Bec: What do you like best about the writing community?
Armand: When you meet the cool people like Joe McKinney, Mark Tufo, Robert Chazz Chute, you… the people who will help and give advice to other authors. Promote them with something as simple as a retweet or doing interviews like this. We’re all in this together, not as enemies.
Bec: What was the worst response you’ve gotten from someone when you’ve told them you’re a horror writer?
Armand: I once told a woman at a party I was an author. She was very interested until I said they were horror and zombie books. She turned to her husband and mumbled ‘disgusting’ and walked away. He stayed and got a bookmark from me, though.
Bec: What was the best response you’ve gotten from someone when you’ve told them you’re a horror writer?
Armand: They went right out and bought a couple of my books and then sent me an e-mail telling me they loved them. And to this day continue to buy my books and love them.
Bec: Tell us about your Authors Supporting Our Troops project, and how someone can get a hold of you if they want to contribute –
Armand: I’m collecting author-signed books (not used books or books from another author and not ebooks, videogames, audiobooks, toothpaste, etc.) that I send overseas to remote areas like Kuwait and Afghanistan. Directly to a soldier, who takes the 100+ books and passes them out to his unit. In the first 4 months of 2014 I collected 2,500 books, and more trickle in each week. I haven’t officially stopped taking books. It will take off again starting January 1st 2015 and I hope to make this a yearly event.
Bec: Tell us about the Summer (& Winter) Zombie Tours you pretty much run?
Armand: Summer of Zombie started 3 years ago when I realized June was the worst month for sales. I originally wanted to do a simple blog tour on my own, but after talking to Mark Tufo, I saw the potential for teaming up. It has grown each year and I’ve gotten some familiar faces as well as new faces (to me) involved. The Winter of Zombie will be in November again but only be six authors. Next June I’ll probably go nuts and have 40+ authors involved. It is a lot of work for me but I hope authors and readers appreciate it, and connect.
Bec: Is there anything I haven’t asked you about that you would like to share with us?
Armand: The obvious question everyone should ask me… why am I so damn sexy?
Bec: Thanks for stopping by and sharing your brand of sickness with us! Best wishes with your books and future projects.
Armand’s Bio: Armand Rosamilia is a New Jersey boy currently living in sunny Florida, where he writes when he’s not watching the Boston Red Sox and listening to Heavy Metal music… and because of him they won the 2013 World Series, so he’s pretty good at watching!
He’s written over 100 stories that are currently available, including a few different series:
“Dying Days” extreme zombie series
“Keyport Cthulhu” horror series
“Flagler Beach Fiction Series” contemporary fiction
“Metal Queens” non-fiction music series
He also loves to talk in third person… because he’s really that cool. He’s a proud Active member of HWA as well.
You can find him at http://armandrosamilia.com for not only his latest releases but interviews and guest posts with other authors he likes!
And e-mail him to talk about zombies, baseball and Metal:
Armand’s Blog: http://armandrosamilia.com
All of my books on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B004S48J6G
@Rebecca Besser & Armand Rosamilia, 2014. All rights reserved.