Saturday, April 6, 2013

Go See This Movie: The Place Behind The Pines

Have you seen a good film that stays with you after leaving the theater and picking popcorn out of your teeth? The Place Behind The Pines is such a good movie that I don’t want to tell you too much about it. The cast is excellent: Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendes and Bradley Cooper are riveting. The story execution is wonderful.

The movie unravels into a three-part saga. The first third is about how a man turns desperately bad but with a good purpose in mind. The second third is about a man who is taxed with upholding the law and living up to the moniker of ‘hero.’ The third act is about fathers and sons and what one generation saddles another with.

Everyone in the movie delivers on his or her part to resonate a tension that yields multiple climaxes. Gosling struts along the screen like he is James Dean – and pulls it off. This movie showcases some good young talent that we are sure to hear more from.

Interview With Horror Author Armand Rosamilia

1. What type of books do you write? I write horror books, and lately mostly zombie ones. I like to be scared and write about things that scare me.

2. What is your newest book about? On the surface, it is a possession story. It's a horror novella, Tool Shed, recently released by Angelic Knight Press. I wanted to write a traditional creepy story, set on a farm, but with (what I hope are) non-clichĂ© main characters.

3. What inspired you to write it? Brian Keene, in a roundabout way. In one of his zombie books (most likely The Rising, but I can't remember) he mentions animals being left alone during the zombie apocalypse. And something about cows, left unattended and un-milked, bursting. I had the opening line to a story: 'The cows had exploded.' I just needed the other 25,000 words or so, which I eventually figured out.

4. What is the writing process like for you? Exciting and painful all at once. When I am in the groove and have the characters speaking to me, I can pump out the words like a madman. But some days they are quiet and I have to draw them out. I try to stick to a daily routine (drop my son off at high school and be at Kokomo's CafĂ© by 8 am, where I sit and drink coffee, watch the beachgoers and attempt 2,000 words a day before 1 pm.

5. What did you do before you became an author? I've always been an author, since I was twelve and writing bad Dean Koontz rip-off stories, but in the last 18 months or so I've really been doing this full-time. Before that I worked in retail, as a retail manager for a few companies over the years. I hated every day of retail, though. I swore if given the chance I would get out and try for my dream. So far, so good…

6. How does it feel to be a published author? I have 71 items currently for sale on Amazon. Seriously, check it out (shameless plug): . That being said, I still get excited every time I am published, whether in an anthology or self-publishing my Dying Days zombie books, or small press companies putting my novellas out (like Tool Shed from Angelic Knight Press). There is no better feeling than seeing your written work published and readers hopefully wanting to spend hard-earned money to read it.

7. Any advice for struggling writers? Start drinking heavily. Actually, write. And never stop. In today's publishing climate, the more quality stories you have out there for potential readers to find, the better. The days of authors putting out one novel a year and building a lasting career are over. You need to keep your name out there through social media, and connecting with your readers, and keeping the stories flowing and getting into their hands.

8.  Were do you see book publishing heading? The last 18 months have been interesting, and it's all not just about Amazon. The way we write, publish, promote and read has changed so many times in such a short period, who can say where it is all headed, and if there is actually a final destination on the horizon? I'm excited to see the changes, and try my best to keep up with them. I see each challenge as a learning curve, and some of my ideas have done great while others have fallen flat. But I keep on trying to find the right formula. Someday I might even have it.

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