Dreary AF in my head; really nice person out loud.
About K.M. West
I write stories for people who want to believe in magic and like to have their hearts broken.
I’m in the business of crafting a life I have no desire to escape from. Mom to a badass tiny woman, wife to a man who, if I were to put him in a book, would read as unrealistically perfect, and general hobby enthusiast, I spend my time balancing my work as an IT professional, gym owner, yogi, and writer.
I write to explore the universal themes behind belief and religion throughout diverse cultures, crafting heart-wrenching adventures for readers to participate in alongside one another. My hope is that these stories will open people’s hearts and expand empathy through difficulty, unique lenses, and the occasional showdown with a monster or an ancient god.
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Ander Farrow failed to fulfill his prophecy & the world ended. Now he uses his psychic powers for parlor tricks while he & his brother, Lash, kill monstrous creatures for pay. Liv might be his chance for redemption, if they—or the Creats that hunt them—don’t accidentally kill her first.
A tiny lie convinces Liv to let the Farrows join her hunt for the Priestess—a woman rumored to possess real power. They journey through a wartorn shadow of the American South, exposed to the elements, a kaleidoscope of cultures, magic, monsters, and the macabre. The Farrows question all they were raised to believe while Liv must reconcile the horrors encountered with the discovery that there may be more to the Farrows’ madness—and to her—than she realized. But can the Priestess save them from what really lies in the dark?
Where things are wild, wild things will roam… but everywhere is wild anymore.
Liv, Carian, and the Farrow brothers scramble to pick up their pieces in the wake of Wild Things Will Roam’s devastation. Aid from the Priestess may have come at a dark cost, and their ill-fated journey now propels them straight into Patriota territory in search of the Overseer—a rumored oracle with the ability to find lost things.
The shadows that follow are more than just tricks of the light. As armies amass in the distance, the horrors of the past taunt Ander, Lash, and Liv as they attempt to cope with an increasingly harsh reality. How many of their decisions are really their own? And can they get to the Overseer before destiny–past, present, and future–devours them?
“Superstition comes easy, and bearing hallowed things.”
𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗙𝗢𝗫 𝗛𝗔𝗦 𝗧𝗔𝗞𝗘𝗡 𝗔𝗡𝗗𝗘𝗥. Following the wake of his living nightmare in the Overseer’s mansion, Ander Farrow now finds himself a prisoner of his own past. Walking the thin line between his dogma and delusion, will he embrace the dark nature of his gifts if it means fulfilling his destiny?
𝗧𝗛𝗜𝗦 𝗛𝗔𝗦 𝗔𝗟𝗟 𝗛𝗔𝗣𝗣𝗘𝗡𝗘𝗗 𝗕𝗘𝗙𝗢𝗥𝗘, 𝗔𝗡𝗗 𝗧𝗛𝗜𝗦 𝗪𝗜𝗟𝗟 𝗔𝗟𝗟 𝗛𝗔𝗣𝗣𝗘𝗡 𝗔𝗚𝗔𝗜𝗡. Liv finds herself trapped in a cycle her mother began. Coping with emotional scars, she bears the weight of a legacy she was born into, but lost in the bombings. Will she inherit what’s rightfully hers, or will the gods destroy her first?
𝗡𝗢𝗧𝗛𝗜𝗡𝗚 𝗛𝗔𝗦 𝗘𝗩𝗘𝗥 𝗕𝗘𝗘𝗡 𝗟𝗘𝗦𝗦 𝗖𝗘𝗥𝗧𝗔𝗜𝗡. Lash’s mistakes hang like the scar from the noose around his neck. As his decisions put him at odds with everything he was raised to believe–and everyone he loves–can he escape his fate in time to save his brother?
After the Collapse, superstition comes easy, and 𝗕𝗘𝗔𝗥𝗜𝗡𝗚 𝗛𝗔𝗟𝗟𝗢𝗪𝗘𝗗 𝗧𝗛𝗜𝗡𝗚𝗦.
“Shame blossomed like stains at the heart of a dogwood bloom.”
Second place winner of the Author’s Hand Short Story Competition and set in the broader Collapse universe, this dark, coming-of-age tale forces twelve-year-old Louie to reconcile the only choices a young woman has in a world full of madness, magic, and macabre.
With nearly a decade of experience as an IT professional, I’ve expanded my pallet toward creative design. My goal is always to convey an emotion or message first and foremost–focusing on the ‘heart’ of a work. For service inquiries, please use the Contact Me form and let me know how I can help!
I provide unique digital designs for self-published and independent titles in either digital cover (Front) or print (Front – Spine – Back) cover options.
Book Teaser (Video)
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After a few weeks of social isolation, we’re all itching to get back to normal. But slowly we’re realizing that the normal we left behind in March is no longer viable. Unemployment is rampant, long-standing businesses have shut their doors, and bills will soon come due. The landscape around us is changing; people are losing …
We cannot plan for a future we can’t imagine, and this is a whole new world we’re living in. The news reports estimate a lot of dark and scary things to come. But they don’t know, and neither do we. What we can know is the love of our family and friends, the efforts made …