Armand has become a friend of mine through a group on Twitter. Armand is a Writer, Teacher, and recently added Publisher to his resume’. If you are looking for someone to publish your book and take you through the process step-by-step, he’s your guy! Armand is passionate about everything he does, and you can reach him via his websites and links below.
Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Armand Ruci Author Interview
When you are not writing, how do you spend your time?
I enjoy reading about the life stories of others that have come to this country before myself and this is a topic that I am immersed. I do enjoy walking and spending quality time with my lovely wife who is a great cook.
How do you discover the eBooks you read?
I usually go to Amazon and look at the great variety of books that they offer. Smashwords is another great venue where I get to enjoy new authors and their books.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote was back in high school and this is a Police Athletic League contest about the stories that grandparents told me, so I told the story of my grandpa and his struggles with a dictatorship.
What is your writing process?
I am what they call a slow but steady writer and like to take my time and really get into my writing by clearing my head and focusing on what I would want my readers to enjoy.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I remember reading Tom Sawyer and that was the best book I have ever read because it took me to a different world, and I will never forget it.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is Tales from the Great Recession and it is inspired by the last economic downturn that the United States experienced in 2008 up until 2011.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I write whenever I am inspired to do which for me happens to be while I drive to the city. I have found a nice park by 70th Street and York Ave and it gives me such inspiration that I was able to write a book in a month and publish it on Amazon
What authors, or books have influenced you?
There are many authors that have inspired me such as Hemingway, Steinbeck, Salinger, Orwell, Nabokov
What are you working on now?
I am working on a new book which doesn’t have a title yet so it is a work in progress
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I like to use wordpress to publish all of my excerpts and medium.com is great too
Do you have any advice for new authors?
I think that it is important for new authors to write about subjects that they are truly inspired by and not let anyone tell them that they cannot write because we are all capable of doing so.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Live life to the fullest
What are you reading now?
Lolita by Nabokov
What’s next for you as a writer?
I want to publish a third book and just started an LLC called AAR Publishing and invited all new writers that want to get published to join me and let’s make it happen.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Grapes of Wrath
War and Peace