I just like writing horror. If it falls into another subgenre, so be it. My zombie stories have gotten me the most attention but I fill in with straight horror stories all the time. My latest release, "Bones. Death. Cenote" is a three-story collection set in South America and dealing in the occult, but no zombies.
2. Could you tell us a little about your State of Horror series?
It's an ongoing series, with (generally) 5-7 stories set in a specific State. We already have eight books currently available and more coming soon. Right now we have ten States open for submissions, and as one State is filled another one will open. The obvious goal is to do all 50 States. http://rymfirebooks.wordpress.com/submissions-anthology/ for more information.
3. I see you’ve worked on a number of anthologies, both as a contributor and an editor. What do you think are the biggest benefits and drawbacks to each side of the publishing platform?
As a contributor you're tossing your story into a pile with dozens and dozens of other stories and hoping yours rises to the top. More often then not sheer numbers work against you, but I'd like to think the best stories get published. As an editor you wade through the pile, looking for a handful of gems. With the upcoming "Undead Tales 2" release, I had 343 submissions with only 16 being ultimately accepted. That's a lot of rejections to have to dish out as an editor.
4. How many years have you been writing professionally?
In 2005 I got serious again after not writing for about eight years. But in the last four years I've really been on a roll with being published, and the last eighteen months with the many changes in publishing I've tried to ride the wave.
are your greatest writing influences?
Dean Koontz and R.E. Howard as a kid. Now I'm influenced by so many new indie authors I read. There are too many to name, and I find a new one each day, it seems.
6. Do you read any other genres? If so, who are your favorite non-horror authors and why?
I read a ton of non-fiction, mostly music biographies and history books. I'm very interested in the history of my home State of New Jersey, and read about Florida as well, where I live now. I wish I'd read more non-fiction as a kid.
7. Clearly, you’re a fan of heavy metal music. Who are your favorite bands—and do you listen to them while you write? If so, do you feel the music you listen to ever has an influence on your writing?
I'm 42 and grew up in NJ in the 80's, so there was such a great metal scene back then. I still listen to Priest, Maiden, Sabbath, Manowar, Slayer, Anthrax, Metallica and Megadeth, as well as a ton of other lesser-known bands. I'm a total metal geek, knowing all these stupid facts about each band and knowing all this info you shouldn't waste your time knowing. I will listen to certain bands when I write, depending on what the story is about. Currently, I'm writing Dying Days: Origins, a prequel about Tosha Shorb, who was featured in Dying Days 2. In the story she's a big fan of the metal band Lizzy Borden, so I listen to them while writing.
8. I guess you're eclectic about your music, just as you are in horror. With that in mind, what would you say makes a good erotic horror? What turns you off?
A good erotic horror story has to be scary. Simple as that. When I was putting together the Rymfire Erotica anthology there were so many stories that had some great sex in it but nothing more. It could've been any genre. I prefer a horror story with some
good sex thrown in rather than a sex story with some horror thrown in.
would you have for authors considering independent publishing?
Go for it! There are no good or bad things to do, only not doing anything. Try it all and see what works for you, because what works for one author won't work for all authors. I read every writing blog and book I can find, take notes, and work ideas until they don't work for me and focus on the ones that do work. Good luck!
10. When you’re not writing, what do you like to do in your spare time?
Think about writing. I'm always writing, even if it's not physically. I like to read and watch the Red Sox now that baseball started again.
11. Bonus question: Why is a raven like a writing desk?
No idea. Ask me this question nevermore.
For more information about Armand Rosamilia and his writing, be sure to check out his Amazon author page. You can also find him on Facebook.
You can read my review of the Zombie Writing! anthology he edited here.