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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Works (in Progress)

“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.

Genre: Spooky. (Adult, Speculative Fiction, Magic Realism, Fantasy)

Current Status: Awaiting Judgement! Want to give it a peek? Read it here!

“Where things are wild, wild things will roam.”

If believing in something makes it real, then the survivors of the Collapse stared into the dark so long that they began to believe in some twisted, horrifying things.

The first book in the Collapse series, WILD THINGS WILL ROAM bends genres as it weaves (heavily researched) diverse and ancient traditions into our science-minded world. The story blurs the line between reality and fantasy, mentality and mental illness, and begs the reader to decide whether belief alone makes something real. Like the audience, Liv must decide whether belief is enough to save herself, let alone mankind.

Genre: Spooky. (Adult, Speculative Fiction, Magic Realism, Fantasy)

Current Status: Querying! (Wish me luck!)

“Superstition comes easy, and bearing hallowed things.”

The second book in the Collapse Series, BEARING HALLOWED THINGS, walks the thin line between dogma and delusion. Ander must reconcile the nature of ‘gifts,’ and decide if he’s prepared to face his darkest nightmares.

Genre: Spooky. (Adult, Speculative Fiction, Magic Realism, Fantasy)

Current Status: Drafting.


“Dogwood Stains” – Author’s Hand Competition 2nd Place Winner

“Louie’s parents were crushed by a herd of wild zebras. β€ “With a first line like this one, how could I resist awarding this runner-up prize? It reeled me in and is indicative of the humor-wrapped ruthlessness of this story, which is set in a dystopic world of child prostitution and amicicide. The author brought the …