Interview with Author Armada West
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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