Interview with Author Armada West

It is a great honor to interview Armada West, Author of recently released The King’s Mortal.


Welcome Armada to The Adventures of the Everyday Fangirl!
What does the title of this novel signify?

It has a double meaning for me. The King’s Mortal refers to Lana, who is the pawn of both the kings in the novel. It also implies that the king (one or both) is finite.

Do the names of the characters in your novel have some sort of significance or importance to you?
If so, give a few examples…

The main character, Lana, is from Ukraine. I wanted something that was distinctly Eastern European, but still able to mesh into American culture. I have a lot of references to Eastern European history in the book, and I felt it was only appropriate that the “Oldest” king, whose reign is in peril, be named after the fallen city of Constantinople. I always envisioned Constantine as being pure and bright; golden.

What prompted you to write in this genre and who or what inspired you to?

I’ve always been a dark, slightly morbid person. Everything about the less savory parts of the world have always been intriguing to me, and the same for certain paranormal elements. This is actually a heavy evolution of a manuscript I wrote as a teenager; it grew as I grew.

What are the most important attributes to remaining sane as a writer and do your characters reflect some of these attributes?

I’m afraid you’d have to ask a sane writer to find out the answer to that! As for my character, I enjoy testing their limits.

What kind of research did you have to do for the novel that was different from others?

I hadn’t lived in the New England area when I was writing this, so learning what kind of stores would be local to the region was different for me.

What makes you laugh? 

Lots of things! I enjoy cannibal puns, nerd humor, and short intermissions at the local psych ward.

What makes you cry? 

Anything sad with animals. Milo and Otis gives me heart palpitations. I can practically guarantee nothing bad will ever happen to an animal in my novels. I couldn’t handle it myself.

Thank you so much Armada for agreeing to this interview!

The King’s Mortal is now available! You can purchase it at Distinguished PressAmazonSmashwords and coming soon to other* retail outlets.

*More links will be added to the Facebook Page when they go live.

You can read an except of this story right here!


About Patty Hammond

I am a self proclaimed fangirl who is disguised as a mild mannered data analyst for an advertising firm. You can find me on Twitter as @pattybones2

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