Armand Rosamilia

armandrThis Monday’s interview features Armand Rosamilia in the isolation tank.  Might not have been the best idea to tell him it was a professional wrestling arena…


Why writing?  What drew you to it? Why do you continue?

I’ve always been an avid reader, even as a kid. I read so much in my teens I thought it looked easy, and anyone could do it. Boy, was I wrong. Over the years, I’ve gotten better, and some of my sentences actually make sense… if you re-read them several times each.

If you were freezing to death and the only thing left to burn were the books in your library, what 5 books would you burn last?  (And yes, everything else burnable has been burnt.)

Watership Down (favorite book), my mint copy of Conan #1 from Marvel (comic book but a prized possession), The Rising by Brian Keene, The Hobbit (I’ve read it about 6 times so far), and The Complete Collected Works of Armand Rosamilia (I signed it to myself).

What’s the most challenging thing you’ve done (in life or in writing (your choice))?

Getting married (twice!) when I knew it was not going to end well. And they so did not…

What’s one word or phrase that drives you nuts?  Why?

Stop or I will mace you.

Do you have a favorite character you’ve created?  If so, who is it and why?

Darlene Bobich from the Dying Days series, because she is a normal person with hopes, dreams, fears, a big butt and isn’t superhuman.

Creepiest place you’ve ever been?  Has it appeared in your fiction?  Why or Why  not?

Whipporwill Valley Road in Middletown New Jersey. It is a creepy old road, and I wrote a short story about it (conveniently titled “Whipporwill Valley Road”) that appeared first in the State of Horror: New Jersey anthology, and it will be coming out soon in my upcoming short story collection, Creeping Death: Short Peeks Into A Disturbed Mind from Hazardous Press.

What’s the best rejection you’ve ever received?

Rejection? I’m not familiar with this word. Actually, I’ve gotten so many in my 20+ years it’s hard to say. About 90% of the original stories I wrote were rejected, because… well, they all sucked. As I’ve gotten better and gained more experience, the percentage has dropped considerably, but I still get too many (in my humble opinion). Nightmare Magazine took 16 hours to reject a story, but I hear that wasn’t even the quickest, so there is that…

How did you get that scar?

That’s not a scar, that’s my manhood! I have several scars on my hands and knuckles from when I was growing up… and might have had an anger problem.

What song would precede your entrance into a room if we all had personal soundtracks?

If I was a professional wrestler, my entrance music would be “Damage, Inc.” by Metallica. Because it is a kick-ass song. And I would kick ass. And wear a red and black mask. And a flowing blue cape. And green tights.

Promote yourself and/or your writing

Don’t tell me what to do. I have over 70 items for sale on Amazon (I’ve been busy), so just go there and buy them. Now. Before it’s too late.

Final thoughts before you run screaming for your life?

I thank you for the time. I enjoy being a media whore, and all press is good press. Or all news is good gnews… something like that.

Thank you, Mr. Rosamilia, for your time.  Now, before you leave, Gary Gnu may have a few words for you in a room down the hall.  You can’t miss it, but I can’t guarantee he doesn’t have a can of mace though.

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