Today we sit down and talk with author Armand Rosamilia. Armand is a fellow northeast native who, like me, opted to move to Florida. He is going to share a little bit about himself and his latest work.
DM: What is the title and genre of the book you want to tell us about?
AR: Green River Blend is a supernatural thriller
DM: Can you summarize your book in one sentence?
AR: My elevator pitch: When Horror and Coffee collide
DM: Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?
AR: Fans of horror and supernatural novels. Some readers have commented it reads like a Bentley Little tale, which is a definite compliment to me. Fans of my other work will also read my voice in this one, even if you’ve previously only read my Dying Days zombie fiction or the Flagler Beach Fiction Series, which is contemporary fiction akin to beach reads.
DM: How did you come up with the title?
AR: The story begins in the Pacific Northwest near the Green River but it is also a nod and a wink to the Green River Killer, setting the tone for the book. When I had the hazy concept for the book, knowing it would have something to do about a special coffee, Green River Blend was the first thing that came to mind for a book title and the coffee itself.
DM: Tell me about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image/artwork?
AR: The cover was done by Dane at ebooklaunch. My publisher, Devil Dog Press, worked with the concept I had for the cover art and ran with it. I think it fits perfectly with the novel and I’m quite proud of the way it came out.
DM: What are your biggest writing influences (another author, another book, a movie, etc.)
AR: Dean Koontz got me started on this journey. As a 12 year old I started reading all of his work and wanted to write myself. I think, as a writer, everything around you begins to influence you. Any conversation, any person walking by, pretty much anything you see or read or hear adds to the mix. As you become a better writer you can better filter in what you need to create your own stories and unique voice.
DM: Who is your favorite character from your book and why?
AR: I love them all! But if I had to choose it would be Kenny, a shoe salesman in a dead-end job who wants to become an author. It is definitely partially based on my own experiences. I sold shoes for many years before becoming a retail manager and hated every minute of it. My dream was always to become a full-time author, which I successfully did about six years ago. I can still look back and see what my life was almost like, and in some thoughts and actions it mirrors the struggle Kenny goes through.
DM: How about your least favorite character? What makes them less appealing to you?
AR: I love all of my characters I write, of course! Some of them are really bad people and deserve their fate. I think the man who runs the coffee shop and moves into the quiet little town and creates so much havoc isn’t appealing because of the things he does, but he’s still an interesting character to follow along.
DM: If you could change ONE thing about your novel, what would it be? Why?
AR: As an author there’s always something you want to change. It is never truly finished. I could rewrite every sentence a dozen times. It comes to a point where you have to let it go and let someone else read it and move on to the next project. I’d like to think my work is perfect… because if I don’t it will keep me up at night.
DM: Can you give us a fun fact about your book?
AR: The original idea for this book has been with me for many, many years. In fact, I started an original and lousy first few chapters about 20 years ago when I was still living in New Jersey and had only been to Florida once in my life years ago. I knew that was where it would be set, though. When I finally got back to the story after working on quite a few others it just clicked. Hammond Beach in the book is a very loose Flagler Beach, an actual place where I set a seven-book contemporary fiction series.
DM: What other books are similar to your own? What makes them alike?
AR: Readers have told me it reads like a Bentley Little book, which is a major compliment. I have some darker spots in it and I’m not afraid to have sex and over the top violence at times to make the reader wince. It doesn’t overwhelm the story, which is important, and probably why people compare the book favorably to Little.
DM: Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?
AR: I can put 87 plain M&M’s in my mouth at once. Yes, unfortunately this is a real fact. I once ate 37 White Castle cheeseburgers in a night and I wasn’t even drinking. So, to answer your question… no.
DM: How can we find out more about you and your books?
AR: My website is http://armandrosamilia.com but I’m most active on my Author page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorArmandRosamilia/ and of course you can find me on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Armand-Rosamilia/e/B004S48J6G/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_ebooks_1
DM: What can we expect from you in the future?
AR: Many more books. I am currently working on the sequel to Green River Blend and there will be a third book to wrap up the trilogy. My crime thriller, Dirty Deeds, will be getting a sequel this year as well as quite a few other new books from me in 2016.
DM: What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
AR: Spread the word. Let friends and fellow readers know about a good book. Reviews are so key for an author, too. Take a few minutes to leave a review and help authors continue to live their dreams.
DM: Do you have any advice for other writers trying to get published?
AR: Patience. Think of everything you do long-term. If you’re thinking you’ll be an overnight sensation and sell a million books on day one of your debut book, you might want to come back down to reality a bit. Not saying it can’t happen but plan for it not to and try to grow it. If it does… congratulations, you beat the odds.
DM: Can you give us an excerpt from your book?
Sure. Here is an excerpt from Green River Blend:
Randy Garvin was thirty-nine years old, fit for his age and a workaholic, putting in long hours at his gas station. He was a devoted husband to his high-school sweetheart, Jean. Quick with a joke and a lending hand, everyone in Hammond Beach knew Randy. Some knew him from his All-State high school football and baseball career, where he set a dozen school records that still stood over twenty years later. Others knew him as the church-going neighbor who had once saved a drowning little boy during Hurricane Andrew, risking his own life to help another.
No one knew the dark secrets that lurked in his head lately.
A new Mustang convertible with the top down pulled next to pump one, three high school girls he knew wearing matching red two-piece bikinis.
Randy remembered when his Jean used to wear revealing clothing like that but never to the beach and never in public. Times had surely changed. He was still a young man but felt really old around kids these days. He supposed never having one of his own made you forget what it was like.
“Morning, Josephine,” Randy said as he approached her car. He wiped his hands on his yellow ‘Randy’s Gas & Garage’ T-shirt. “Heading to the beach?”
“Yes, taking a break from school. It’s too nice out here,” Josephine laughed, smiling at her two friends in the backseat of her convertible. “You should close up and come with us.”
“I’m sure the wife would like that, me and a car filled with high school gals,” Randy said. “I came out when I saw this beautiful automobile. Where did you get it?”
Josephine smiled. “It’s an early graduation present from my daddy.”
“How is your daddy? We played football together, you know.”
“He told me that once. He’s doing well; he just got remarried and lives in Miami with his new wife.”
“I think we went to school with her,” Jenna Meyer chimed in from the backseat. “She might even be younger than us.”
Josephine shot her friend a dirty look.
Jenna put her hands in the air and frowned. “I’m just saying… you say it all the time, anyway.”
“I can say it. She’s my gold-digging new step-mom.” Josephine turned back to Randy and smiled. “I’m sure the fourth wife will be nice, too. And he’ll buy her fake boobs as well.”
Randy laughed. “Knowing your daddy… tell him I said hi.” Randy ran his hand on the door of the Mustang. “Tell your mom I said hi, too. I went to school with her as well.”
“Will do. Bye.”
Randy watched as the convertible pulled away into traffic. Randy had fixed up a Mustang during senior year and cruised Main Street with it. Those were the days. Jean used to take the rides up and down the coast on A1A, stopping in St. Augustine for lunch or Jupiter to see his Aunt Rosemary. They were just a couple of kids with no worries in the world and Randy with a football scholarship to the University of Miami.
When his knee had blown out during the Thanksgiving Day game that year, Randy had accepted it as the will of God. Instead of college, he had married Jean and purchased the gas station from the retiring Mister Clem, with the help of his father’s checkbook.
Twenty years later and he still loved coming to work and dealing with the locals as well as the Spring Breakers on their way south to Daytona Beach.
The Mustang disappeared going east toward the Atlantic Ocean and Randy sighed. It was a beautiful day to let your cares fade away. He wondered if Jean wanted to take a ride, maybe up to St. Augustine for dinner like old times.
He’d close up early today and surprise his wife at home, maybe go down to the florist and buy her some roses. Randy had shut down the gas station an hour or two early each night this week but he didn’t care about the business anymore. His mind was on other things, ideas he couldn’t get out of his head.
The old Pennsoil clock on the wall behind the counter wasn’t his friend right now. Randy wanted to get out of there, go get another cup of delicious coffee from the new place at the other end of Main Street and get home. Tonight he’d take a break from his disturbing thoughts and spend time with his wife, who he loved more than anything in this world.
Randy wondered if the girls were already at the beach, meeting their friends and sneaking a beer or two, making out under the shadow of the pier and enjoying life. He also wondered what noises Josephine would make as he gutted her slowly.
About Armand Rosamilia:
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.
He runs two very successful podcasts on Project iRadio, too…
Arm Cast: Dead Sexy Horror Podcast – interviewing fellow authors as well as filmmakers, musicians, etc.
Arm N Toof’s Dead Time Podcast – with co-host Mark Tufo, the duo interview authors and filmmakers and anyone else they feel like talking to
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: