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Short Week Ahead

Posted in #amwriting, Armand Rosamilia, authors, becky pourchot, contemporary fiction, dying days, fiction, flagler beach, florida, Kokomo's Cafe, Miami Spy Games, short story, tim baker, writing, zombie on May 28, 2013 by Armand Rosamilia

I hope everyone had a great extended weekend, I know I did… took my Special Gal and my daughter (and her friend) to see the new Star Trek movie, went swimming and relaxing with aforementioned Special Gal and then she had me watch Despicable Me since the new one is coming out and she’s a huge fan… lounged around and ate and just spent time together. 

How was my writing? Dunno, because the laptop stayed closed from Saturday morning until right now. And I am happy about it. Normally I freak out over missing three days of writing time, and panicking because I’m 6,000 words behind. But I’m beginning to slow down the fear and relax. It might have to do with so many finished projects I’ve added into the pipeline, too. I know I’ve been busy and now I can actually release a few things. I spent the end of 2012 and the beginning of 2013 writing for money, with stories made specifically for TV and movie projects, and they may never see the light of day except on a screen. 

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This week will see the third part of the Kokomo’s Cafe serial released, and I’ve already begun writing the second set of stories, set in Golden Lion Cafe. I’ll be putting together the print version of Kokomo’s Cafe so it will be ready by the time of my June 28th book signing at Kokomo’s Cafe, and this week I will be doing another round of edits on my horror novel, which I will be pitching at World Horror Convention. 

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In addition, I want to begin moving again on Dying Days: Origins and I’ve already gotten an idea for the opening to Dying Days 4. Since Dying Days 3 just came out, it isn’t at the top of the list, but it would be nice to write a bit of it and see where it goes, right?

Anything else? Not this week. Coffee, good food, writing and good friends will sum up the rest of this week. I’m sure by this time next week panic will have set in and I’ll be behind, but for now… I am enjoying this… 

Armand

Guest Post: Lee Allen Howard

Posted in Armand Rosamilia, authors, Blogging, guest blog, horror, Miami Spy Games, writing on May 15, 2013 by Armand Rosamilia

However Crazy, Honor the Idea

Lee Allen Howard

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If there’s anybody who knows about crazy ideas, it’s Armand Rosamilia. A gun that turns people into zombies? Crazy! But cool.

Such a crazy idea was the inspiration for DEATH PERCEPTION, my latest supernatural thriller tinged with horror and peppered with dark humor. Way back in 2003, I got this wacky idea that wanted to use me to become a novel. It was about a guy who could psychically discern the cause of death of the corpses he cremates—by toasting marshmallows over their ashes. Laugh or say, “Ewww!”, you gotta admit it’s a zany premise.

Nineteen-year-old Kennet Singleton lives with his invalid mother in a personal care facility, but he wants out. He operates the crematory at the local funeral home, where he discovers he can discern the cause of death of those he cremates—by toasting marshmallows over their ashes.

He thinks his ability is no big deal since his customers are already dead. But when his perception differs from what’s on the death certificate, he finds himself in the midst of murderers. To save the residents and avenge the dead, Kennet must bring the killers to justice.

I actually spent an afternoon at a funeral home crematorium learning the process and taking copious notes. And I worked on the book many years. (It was my thesis project for SetonHillUniversity’s Writing Popular Fiction master’s program.) Now, a decade later, it’s available in trade paperback and electronic formats.

What if I had tossed out that pesky idea 10 years ago? I wouldn’t have a book today.

What are your favorite reads based on absurd ideas? Aren’t you glad they were published?

If you’re a writer, what idea keeps coming back to you, the one that will not let you be? Maybe you should honor it, however crazy. It could become your next big seller.

DEATH PERCEPTION is available in trade paperback, Kindle (.mobi) and Nook (.epub) at http://leeallenhoward.com/2013/05/15/book-release-death-perception-by-lee-allen-howard.

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Lee Allen Howard writes horror, dark fantasy, and supernatural crime. He’s been a professional writer and editor of both fiction and nonfiction since 1985. His publications include The Sixth Seed, Desperate Spirits, Night Monsters, “Mama Said,” “Stray,” and DEATH PERCEPTION, available in various formats at http://leeallenhoward.com.

You can keep in touch with Lee on his Facebook author page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lee-Allen-Howard-author/117844011639457. Follow him on Twitter @LeeAllenHoward.

May Goals For Armand

Posted in #amwriting, Armand Rosamilia, dying days, horror, Horror Writers Association, HWA, Miami Spy Games, movies, novella, personal, SCW, short story, spy, thriller, wordpress, wrestling, writing, zombie on April 30, 2013 by Armand Rosamilia

I can’t remember the last time I jotted down some actual goals for my writing (I’m sure it isn’t as far back as I remember, but I’m too lazy to look). So far, my behind the scenes writing has been stellar, but my actual output for sale has been meager, to say the least. 

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I put out Metal Queens: Models 2 out on April 1st… and that’s pretty much it so far in 2013. I’ve been in a couple of great anthologies but nothing else. I spent most of January and February writing three different zombie novellas for a Hollywood film company, and hopefully they’ll eventually see their time in print and/or on the big or small screen. And that isn’t even including Miami Spy Games: Russian Zombie Gun, which I did in 2012 for them.

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I finished Dying Days 3 and it’s currently off to the editor and a goal release in June 2013. I’d love to have print copies available for New Orleans and the World Horror Convention/Horror Writers Association events June 13th through 16th. I’ll also be pitching my horror novel to two publishers that weekend, and I’m quite excited about it. 

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But what about May? I don’t have too many finished stories to release, and that is bothering me. With an average of one release every two weeks last year and the year before, I am definitely too slow in 2013. I’m hoping that will change. 

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Yesterday officially started my foray into Contemporary Fiction, with a series of short stories set in Kokomo’s Cafe in Flagler Beach Florida. My daily goal is 2,000 words a day and 6,000 words per ‘episode’, to be released every Friday starting May 10th through July 12th (10 serialized parts), followed by the print version a week or so after. 

I’m also going to work on Dying Days: Origins, with the goal of it being a July release as well. 

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I’ll begin doing initial interviews for the upcoming non-fiction pro wrestling book SCW: All Access Pass sometime in May, and I’d love to have it out by the end of summer. 

Metal Queens: Models 3 should be out in mid-May (about six weeks after the 2nd book was released), with an eye to do a 4th book in July. 

My blog post/interviews/observations/bullshit eBook, Shut Up Old Man! will see the light of day before May ends as well… as long as I can work on it a little each day for the next few weeks. 

I’m hoping by 2014 I can look back at the slow start of 2013 and see all the positive I set up for the latter part of the year, and hit my 26 releases goal without a problem, and break it. 

Armand

Juggling So Many Projects As An Author

Posted in #amwriting, Armand Rosamilia, Miami Spy Games, personal, pro market, spy, thriller, writing on April 19, 2013 by Armand Rosamilia

I talked yesterday about writing outside my comfort zone with a project on my mind. I’m currently finishing up Dying Days 3, the latest in my zombie series. But I have an idea I want to pursue right after that, and it is very different from anything I’ve written previously. 

The good news? I already have a solid publisher looking to talk about it, even though it is only a 6-sentence concept at this point. I’ve come a long way, I guess. Plus, I have a big mouth, I can B.S. with the best of them, and I have a track record… fingers crossed we can get this done, and I can start writing it with a contract dangled in front of me, right? That always makes it better. 

The bad news? I have a ton of projects sitting in my queue, waiting to be completed. Another contract means they get pushed aside again, like what happened when I wrote Miami Spy Games. Nineteen projects will sit for a few weeks until I complete this idea, and if it takes off I might do sequels or get another contract for another idea. How cool would that be?

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Of course, I’d need to squeeze in some of the writing on the other stories between finishing and submitting this new idea, and getting in as many words on at least one other project so I feel like I am accomplishing something. I wrote three projects under contract right after Miami Spy Games, but none of them have been released so far. To the reader, they only see me not putting out new things and they move on to other authors. When I can set my own pace, I can put out work on some semblance of a schedule, but with a contract I have to honor it first and foremost (it is paying the bills, after all)…

Yeah, I guess I’ll stop crying like a bitch because someone likes me enough to offer me money in advance to write something… but I need to rethink my schedule again, and roll with the punches, and squeeze in one of these nineteen projects to complete before I forget what they were even about. 

Armand

Blog Hop With Armand Rosamilia

Posted in Armand Rosamilia, authors, Blogging, Cthulhu, death metal, dying days, horror, interview, Keyport Cthulhu, Miami Spy Games, personal, short story, Tool Shed, writing, zombie with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 17, 2013 by Armand Rosamilia

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Brent Abell (http://brentabell.wordpress.com/) was kind enough to pass me these questions along, and I am honored to answer them. Then I will choose three authors at the end to keep it going, and answer the questions themselves…

Questions for Armand Rosamilia

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What are you working on right now?

 

Besides keeping my weight over 300 lbs.? I am in the midst of Dying Days 3, my continuing zombie story. I should have the first draft done by May 1st and then it goes to the editor, with a late June release planned. I’m also working on 16 other stories at once, too…

 

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How does it differ from other works in its genre?

 

It is just better. OK, maybe it isn’t… but I like writing it, and other people like reading it so far. And it has zombies in it. But it’s more about the people. But it also has zombies in it.

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What experiences have influenced you?

 

I think you need every experience to influence you, either good or bad. As a writer I’m constantly people watching and committing conversations or ideas to memory. Monday, for instance, I witnessed a sixty year old woman breaking up with her fifty year old boyfriend because his kids are ‘animals’, as she put it. I eavesdropped on the entire conversation, and added a character or two to a future story.

 

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Why do you write what you do?

 

I can’t help it. I have always read horror and been fascinated by apocalyptic ideas and stories, so zombies are just another means to an end (pun intended). The old adage ‘write what you know’ applies to what you read a lot of as well. I’ve read a ton of horror books in my life so far.

 

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How does your writing process work?

 

Better some days than others. I set a daily goal of 2,000 words and then attempt to get there between 8 am and noon Monday through Friday, and get up early on the weekends and hit my goals before the kids are fully awake and bothering me to eat.

 

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What is the hardest part about writing?

 

The daily discipline. Some days I just want to play on Facebook and push it off until tomorrow. But then I know my goal for tomorrow will be 4,000 words and I’d be rushing. So I bust my butt to get it done. Or else.

 

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What would you like to try as a writer that you haven’t yet?

 

Getting out of my comfort zone completely. I’d love to write a romantic comedy or a straight action thriller, or maybe even a historical dramatic piece. I’ve dabbled in erotica and enjoyed it, and I know straying too far away from horror might piss off my fan base, but I will eventually expand my range.

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Who are the authors you most admire?

 

Anyone who braves the rejection and fear and just writes and completes a story. I run into so many people who swear they are going to write, and so many more who have something incomplete. Rare do you find someone who finished a story and submitted it or published it themselves, and then kept writing. I have over seventy stories/novellas/etc. on sale right now, and my goal is fifty times that… and that would be a lot of stories! (I can’t figure out the math on that)

 

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Who are new authors to watch out for?

 

I was recently in the Fifty Shades of Decay anthology, and I found some amazing authors in there I will be reading more of. Some might not be new to you, but to me they are. I love when I read someone’s work and it blows me away and I have to pile on their back-list and catch up.

 

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What scares you?

 

Fear of losing you… and dogs. Maybe dogs more.

 

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Thanks for taking the time to read this senseless crap. If you want to read even more senseless crap, next Wednesday go over to see authors Tim Baker (http://blindoggbooks.wordpress.com/), Tonia Brown (www.thebackseatwriter.com) and Lisa Woods (http://LisaWoodsWrites.com) as they answer these fascinating questions and try to outdo me with my subversively interesting answers.

Death of The Novella?

Posted in Armand Rosamilia, Cthulhu, dying days, horror, Keyport Cthulhu, Miami Spy Games, novella, short story, spy, writing, zombie on March 22, 2013 by Armand Rosamilia

Two years ago I did my homework. I tried to find a unique niche I could put my stories into, and quickly found the big hole when it came to novellas. So, I ended the first Dying Days zombie book on a cliffhanger ending and stopped it at around 25,000 words. The original idea was about twice the length. It sold quite well, and still does in my opinion. Right now it’s only 99 cents, too. 

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Then I began writing nothing longer than 25k, getting novellas out into the world like a madman… but no longer pieces, unless you count short story collections. Which I don’t. But a funny thing happened along the way… please, allow me to explain…

I had a couple of Skype conversations with the wonderful Robert Chazz Chute, who is a wealth of information and also a cool guy to just chat and laugh with, one of the people on my list I hope to meet some day (Alyssa Milano is at the top of the list, btw), and we like to pick each other’s brains about stuff going on and what works now and what worked then, and where the hell we are going in order to stay afloat. We don’t do the negative All Is Lost talk, which I like. I’m negative enough. No, we talk about what each of us is doing to get sales and new readers. 

One interesting subject was the length of our releases, and he is currently very high on serializing, which I dabbled in with Miami Spy Games to mixed results. But novella-length stories are not the wave of the future in my opinion. The readers want more… or less. 

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My feeling is there are two distinct camps of readers right now for me… your results will vary. Anyway, I have a nice rabid following for my short stories selling for 99 cents, like the Keyport Cthulhu stories (Ancient, for instance) but my novella sales have slipped. I think it is a combination of things, like Amazon devaluing anything priced under $3.99 and new readers having a hard time finding my work, but also the length of them being in the 25k range and at $2.99. I won’t jack the prices up to $3.99 unless I think it will attract new readers. I want there to be some value to my work in both length and price (and content, let’s be honest).

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So, my immediate goal is to write longer pieces (50k or so) and short stories and shy away from novellas and see what happens. Will I succeed? Have I found the secret formula? Have I figured out the key to selling a million books, cash and new cars, Alyssa Milano calling me? As usual, I have no idea.

But I’m going to figure it out. 

Armand 

Reblog: Vixie’s Stories: Words with… Armand Rosamilia

Posted in Armand Rosamilia, Blogging, dying days, guest blog, Heavy Metal, horror, interview, Miami Spy Games, personal, spy, Steven Brack, thriller, writing, zombie on February 15, 2013 by Armand Rosamilia

I am featured on a great website, Vixie’s Stories, and I talk about so many exciting things you might want to read only a few lines a day to pace yourself…

http://vickiejohnstone.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/words-with-armand-rosamilia.html

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