Q: What is your genre? Why did you choose it?
A: I have a strong preference for working with the paranormal. I get enough of every day life driving down the street and going to the grocery store. Working with something unreal is a great relief.
Q: Do you work on more than one manuscript at a time?
A: I’m sure my publisher will slap me on the knuckles for this, but yes. My muse is a fickle mistress with a severely short attention span. One day she wants one story, and the next she wants another. I’ve learned not to fight her.
Q: Do you work with a writing/critique group?
A: I have several preferred readers. They’re all close friends, most of whom I’m written with casually in the past. I’ve gotten a lot better over the years, however, at distancing myself from my work so that I can rip the plot apart, piece by piece. I like having an audience to write for though.
Q: Can you remember your first reading book?
A: I don’t, but the book from my early childhood that stands out most in my memory is Heidi. I spent years putting slices of bread and cheese in the microwave.
Q: Do you nibble on snacks while writing? If so, what is your chosen treat?
A: Besides the bread and cheese? If I’m on my laptop, it has to be something I can eat with utensils. I don’t like my keyboard to be dirty. That said, it’s not unusual to find me eating crackers with a spoon.
Q: Tidy desk or a bombsite? Describe your writing area with us.
A: The only time I work at a desk is if I’m keeping my boyfriend company in his office, or at work. I’m one of those people who sits on their laptop in bed.
Q: Are you published in the traditional manner or self published? Share your journey.
A: I am traditionally published through an indie company, Distinguished Press. I originally began with CHBB, but I wasn’t happy there. The King’s Mortal is the re-release of Bottom Feeders. I am re-releasing a novella I’d published with CHBB, Undefeated, with Roane Publishing this May.
Q: Who would you say have been the three most influential authors in your reading/writing life?
A: Thomas Harris is number one. The Hannibal books have this sense of poetry, even in its darkest hour. After him, Stephen King. My third author revolves depending on what I’m writing that week.
Q: What advice would you like to share with other writers/authors with regard to preparing a manuscript?
A: In my old age I’ve become a sticker for planning ahead. I highly encourage outlines. Also, take the criticism. I love nothing more than when I have an editor who makes my pages bleed red ink.
Q: If the movie rights to your novels are purchased, who would you like to play your main characters?
A: Hollywood scares me, I’d much rather see The King’s Mortal as an anime. If I had to pick someone though, I think Taylor Momsen from The Pretty Reckless has the look of Lana. I even used her in the unofficial trailer.
Q: I was on my way to the supermarket, when … Do you have a tale to tell relating to an everyday, boring event?
A: I don’t ever, ever have a boring day. I don’t permit it. The best is going to the grocery store. I always find something to make my day there. The latest grocery store find was walnut and date oatmeal, which led to a whole tirade (that my boyfriend tolerated very well) about how I was going to be when I got old.
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, and was featured in developer Jaime Fraine’s “Tree Translator” promotional videos.
West had several works published through CHBB before leaving the company at the end of 2012. She co-authored a romantic sci-fi short story with Jadeleath for the Persephone’s Song anthology.
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.
A portion of proceeds from release day (03.06.15) of Wintertide: The King’s Mortal will be donated directly to To Write Love on Her Arms, a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide.