CHEW ON THIS! has been nominated for a Splatterpunk Award and I have the exclusive skinny with the authors.
Author de Jour: Armand Rosamilia
Nikki Noir: You’re featured in a food anthology, so let’s get this out of the way first: What’s the weirdest thing you’ve put in your mouth—I mean weirdest thing eaten ;)
Armand Rosamilia: I am actually pretty wimpy when it comes to trying new foods. Drove my parents crazy growing up and now my wife. I don’t even eat most condiments like ketchup, mustard, relish, mayo… I once accidentally ate grilled snake and it wasn’t very pleasant.
Noir: Tell us about your story in Chew on This! and what inspired it.
Rosamilia: My story is Pork Roll, Egg and Charnel, inspired by my love of pork roll. Don’t know what pork roll is? That means you’re not from New Jersey. It is a delicacy. You’ll have to go to NJ right now and try it. Available in every diner (and there are a lot of diners in NJ)
The story itself is about one man’s obsession with pork roll. I can relate.
Noir: If you were a spice/seasoning, what would it be, elaborate if you want.
Rosamilia: I was always a fan of Baby Spice. Wait… I am a big fan of lemon. I put Mrs. Dash lemon seasoning on everything. Huge fan. It is delicious. I have no idea why.
Noir: What’s the scariest real-life, food-related situation you’ve been in?
Rosamilia: I was at a diner in New Jersey (where I grew up) and they were out of pork roll. I kid you not. I was beside myself, and the nearest diner that was open that late was twenty miles away. Looking back now, I should’ve left and driven to the next diner. I will never make that mistake again!
Noir: What does literary success look like to you?
Rosamilia: I am truly blessed, because I am living the dream. This will be my ninth year writing full-time and earning a decent living doing it. It’s all I’ve ever wanted, since I was twelve. It took me into my forties to manage it, but it was worth the awful years of working retail management. Now I get to kill (in stories, of course) all those former bosses, coworkers, customers, etc.) over and over again.
Noir: If there’s one thing you want readers to know about you or the mission of your work, what would it be?
Rosamilia: I want a reader to enjoy my work, no matter the genre. I write horror, crime thrillers, contemporary fiction, nonfiction, and so much more. I consider myself a pulp writer. Nothing fancy. Just want to tell a good story and keep readers involved. My goal is to keep writing stories that readers want to read.
Noir: What’s your next project and where can we stalk you?
Rosamilia: I have several books coming out in 2021. My Dirty Deeds 9 and Dirty Deeds 10 crime thrillers should be out this year. Keyport Cthulhu 3 (cowritten with Chuck Buda) as well as United States of Apocalypse 2 and 3 (cowritten with Mark Tufo) and I’ll be in a few really cool anthologies.
You can find me at https://armandrosamilia.com and I am very active on Twitter, too: @ArmandAuthor