Sunday, September 7, 2014

Armand Rosamilia: Five Things I Learned Writing CHELSEA AVENUE

"I don't come across books like Rosamilia's CHELSEA AVENUE often. Infused with the dreamlike quality of memory, Rosamilia here fulfills the full measure of the promise I first saw in his DYING DAYS series. Beautifully dark, this book held me entranced. I couldn't get enough!" -Joe McKinney, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of DOG DAYS and PLAGUE OF THE UNDEAD 
Some things never stop until the deed is done.
On July 8th 1987, in Long Branch, New Jersey, The Haunted House Pier and Murphy's Law club fires destroyed not only local landmarks, but everything Manny Santiago found dear.
And it isn't over.
The entity responsible for killing Manny's family and wreaking devastation in the small seaside community has reappeared. Again. And is growing in power.

Now every July 8th it returns, and this time survivors of the fires, including Manny, are being led back to the now-vacant lot on Chelsea Avenue, where the entity intends to finish what it started in 1987 once and for all.

1. I couldn't have written this book when I originally got the basic idea back in about 2001. I wasn't ready to write a novel-length story with so many characters, and especially the fun/toughness of having every chapter set on the same date but a new year. 
2. Even though I hadn't been back to New Jersey and the Long Branch area in over twelve years, I could picture everything like I was there. I spent many nights in the town and especially on the actual Chelsea Avenue, and I hope it shows. I learned I could write from memory, in essence. 
3. I definitely learned I am a much stronger and confident writer now than when I thought up the idea, because over a dozen years ago I had no idea how to execute such an intricate storyline. Most of my tales are pretty straightforward and easy to follow. Chelsea Avenue was a much bigger story, with multiple plotlines and characters, and all of them having to be written in a 24 hour period on the anniversary. 
4. The elemental evil forces in Chelsea Avenue were actually created back in 2001, and I used one of them in my Tool Shed horror novella (look for a re-release soon, by the way) but realized even though the two stories are tied together, they are both separate entities... at this point...
5. This is the best story I've written so far, and I'm very happy with every aspect of it. While my many Dying Days zombie stories are great sellers, I'm hoping readers will latch onto Chelsea Avenue and explore my non-zombie horror work. 
Armand Rosamilia is a New Jersey boy currently living in sunny Florida, where he writes when he's not sleeping.

He's written over 100 stories that are currently available, including a few different series:

Dying Days" extreme zombie series
Keyport Cthulhu" horror series
"Flagler Beach Fiction Series" contemporary fiction
Metal Queens" non-fiction music series

He also loves to talk in third person... because he's really that cool. [He wrote that, not me. But, yeah, will admit. He is THAT cool. -- PJW] He's a proud Active member of HWA as well. 

You can find him at for not only his latest releases but interviews and guest posts with other authors he likes! [I guess I need to offer him more M&M's to get on his good side.--PJW]

And e-mail him to talk about zombies, baseball and Metal:
Chelsea Avenue can be found at:
(Note: Paperback edition will be available shortly.)

I'm also a big Cthulhu fan so I just had to search down
and put this cover of Armand's KEYPORT CTHULHU book.