It’s Friday!!!! This is Armand Rosamilia’s fourth time participating in Bad Moon Rising – he might have been the first person who signed up. And friends – Armand has a Ouija board story guaranteed to give you goosebumps. If that’s not enough, he also lived in a haunted house that previously served as a funeral parlor. Don’t let me keep you – read on.
You’re in a horror movie. Are you the final person, the first to die, the comic relief, the skeptic, the smart one, or the killer?
I really hope I’m the first person to die. Until then I’m probably the comic relief… although being the eye candy for the ladies would be cool, too.
Have you ever played with a Ouija board?
True story… as a kid my mother used to have her friends over to play with one. This was in the mid-seventies when it was ‘fun’ to mess with them. Once she started getting creepy messages she put it in the attic but it was on the kitchen table the next day, so she took it in the yard and burned it. I was about five or six and from inside I heard something scream. Still freaks me out thinking about it forty-plus years later.
Creepiest thing that’s ever happened while you were alone?
I lived in a haunted house, a former funeral parlor, in Keyport New Jersey. Lots of strange things happened in the house like basement lights turning on in the middle of the night, footsteps and whispering as well as faint music. A ceiling relief once crashed on my bed seconds after something told me to get up at 3 am. I also had a sixteen year old die on my couch in that house. Not sure why I stayed there as long as I did.
What is the hardest part of writing?
Getting my butt in the damn seat. Some days I get distracted by emails and podcast questions or problems. I do quite a few interviews for my two podcasts so that cuts into my writing time. We travel a lot, which also takes me away from the keyboard. Plus there are days I just don’t want to be creative. I want to watch TV or stay in bed and read. People call me and want to chat because I’m home. Anything having to do with the house I take care of so lawn maintenance, appliance malfunctions, cable problems, etc. means I’m waiting for someone to arrive to deal with.
What’s your work schedule like when you’re writing?
I developed a system that works for me. I jokingly called it The Mando Method and others have picked up on it and use it. At the top of an hour I write for 15 minutes. Nothing else. Just writing. I can average about 600 words in that time. Then the next 45 minutes I do other stuff like emails, coffee and wandering around the house, thinking about the next sprint. No matter what I’m doing, at the top of the next hour I stop and do another Mando Method sprint.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Roll up in a ball and cry. Or go to a baseball game. I read a lot. Watch way too much TV. My wife and I travel quite a bit, too. Spend time with our families and go out to dinner too much. She has a full-time career and if she’s traveling for work I get to go with her and write in the hotel room while she’s out doing her thing. After we get to go to dinner and explore the city we’re in.
A YA novella set in the Dying Days world from Armand Rosamilia!
Emalee and Mason are brother and sister, differently abled teenagers, both with Down Syndrome, trying to survive during the zombie apocalypse.
They both have unique powers that will be tested because sometimes it isn’t just the zombies that are threatening.
Will they be able to protect one another and find safe haven from a world turned upside down?
Dying Days: Family Ties Amazon Link
Armand Rosamilia is a New Jersey boy currently living in sunny Florida, where he writes when he’s not sleeping. He’s happily married to a woman who helps his career and is supportive, which is all he ever wanted in life…
He’s written over 150 stories that are currently available, including horror, zombies, contemporary fiction, thrillers and more. His goal is to write a good story and not worry about genre labels.
Arm Cast: Dead Sexy Horror Podcast – interviewing fellow authors as well as filmmakers, musicians, etc.
But he owns the network they’re on, too! Project Entertainment Network
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: