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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!

Excerpt from The King’s Mortal

“You’re a plague. You leave destruction in your wake. You wreak havoc on everything that was created so carefully without any regard or respect. Because of you, my kind have died! You traipse around my world as though it exists for your amusement.”

 


 

On March 6th, Distinguished Press is proud to launch The King’s Mortal, the debut book in Armada West’s Wintertide series. 100% of pre-orders and sales on Friday will go to the charity To Write Love On Her Arms,non-profit movement dedicated presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide.

 

Visit the release event on Facebook for more details.

 


 

Synopsis:

 

I invite you to join me in Cimmerian, the frigid vampire realmthe home to the huntsmen of God. They have been tasked with slaughtering the humans who’ve released the plagued doppelgängers of mankind from their hellish prison, and it is an eternally uphill battle. Hope comes in the form of young Lana Corvin, a psychic lingering on the cusp of death with a blood disease, and wasting her precious days as the main squeeze of a notorious drug dealer. When she becomes the target of Cerberus, a kingpin drug lord, Fate will teach her that lifeno matter how much or how little of it you possessgives no second chances. That is, unless the rogue Vlad Dracula, hellbent on usurping the throne to claim Cimmerian for himself, doesn’t teach it to her first.

 

 

Excerpt:

 

Be advised this includes some adult language!

 

This is a private meeting, Gavin said. His arms hung at his sides casually, but everything about his stance was ready to move as he stared at Cerberus and his henchmen. There were ten of them, not including the dogs bristling at the ends of their chain leashes. Dear God, what kind of dogs are those? They were massive, standing only a few inches shy of her mediocre five feet, and covered with bushy fur. Maybe they were bears, not dogs at all. Lana glanced warily from Cerberus to Mónica, Donatien, and BélaMónica had locked up the artillery, and Lana noticed the appearance of a holster holding a gun at her hip. Donatien and Béla were now on each side of her and Gavin, and she got the uneasy sensation they were for her, not Gavin. Meanwhile Blair, Russ, and Johnson were all starting to reach for the heat they were packing.

I was giving you the benefit of the doubt my invitation was just misplaced. Cerberus beady eyes moved over to Lanas friends. It looks like I was mistaken.

You were.

Gavins tone never wavered as Cerberus strutted forward. Lana shied away behind Gavin, biting down on her lipCerberus didnt miss the motion. Immediately his eyes flashed to her. He was a lone wolf who scented blood. 

 

I know you. Youre Vics piece of ass. His eyes had a cruel glimmer. If youre here, he wont be. Thats rather disappointing.


It was a slap to her already wavering confidence and Lana physically winced at the comment. All it took was that momentary distraction. She didnt see him pull the gun out; she only heard the safety clicking off. 

 

Now, this is going to be nice and easy from here on out. You three he waved the muzzle in Blairs direction will load all of that into my car. I will pay you for the merchandise.Cerberus was mindful enough not to point the gun at Gavin. And you . . . He eyed her with hunger. You can get in my car, dear.

 

Id rather shit in my hands and clap, she said.

 

 

 

You can purchase The King’s Mortal from the publisher’s website Distinguished PressAmazonSmashwords and coming soon to other* retail outlets.

 

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

 

About the author:

 


 

Armada West is an American author and model from upstate New York. Her first notable recognition was for her comedic play, “The Loo Cue”, which won a playwright competition and starred actress Fiona Hutchinson. An avid gamer, West wrote articles and tech reviews for TheGamersHub.net

 

Her foray into publication began at Crushing Hearts Black Butterfly in 2012 with the release of her romance novella Undefeated and her first full length novel, Bottom Feeders. A short story, Underneath (The Christmas Tree), was included in the first Hot Ink holiday anthology Milf and Cookies.

 

West co-authored a romantic sci-fi short story, Space in the Fall, with fellow author and friend, Jadeleath. The piece premiered in the Persephone’s Song anthology from Keith Publications.

 

In 2014 West was contracted by Distinguished Press for her series Wintertide, a re-vamping of Bottom Feeders. The King’s Mortal will be available March 6, 2015. When the Gloves Come Off, a full length novel adaptation of West’s Undefeated, was picked up by Roane Publishing in 2014. A release date is still pending.

 

As a model, Armada West has been featured in Riot Vixen magazine (February 2014) and on Inked Girls. She also worked with game developer, Jaime Fraine, for his 2014 “Tree Translator” Kickstarter campaign and was featured in two of his promotional videos.

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