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 two badass tiny women, 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.
My first book, Wild Things Will Roam, is currently available! Check out the Books & Links tab for information on how to get your hands on a copy!
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The debut novel in the Collapse Series, Wild Things Will Roam is an evocative dystopian novel filled with ‘humour-wrapped ruthlessness.’
Buy Local, Support Indie
Sure, Wild Things Will Roam is available at all Big Box shops, but why not support your local independent bookseller? Bookshop.org provides an alternative to Amazon which supports indie books, indie publishers, and indie authors, like me! Or you can call your local bookshop and have them order WTWR for you!
In a war-scarred world where horrible Creatures (“Creats”) roam wild, the future of humanity rests upon the shoulders of Lash and Ander, two brothers who failed to fulfill their prophecy once before.
Liv cut her teeth on war, famine, death, and despair. When her brother vanishes, she and her adoptive father, Carian, abandon their homestead in search of a Priestess rumored to find lost things.
With their fates inexplicably tied, the four must claw their way through the horrors of a fractured American South… but none are prepared for the theater of terror that awaits them, nor how badly they will need each other to survive.
Their nightmares prove very real, but hope, however small, may yet prevail.
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Published by Lights Out Ink
Great stories seep into the soul. They can crack a battle-hardened exterior and deliver messages that would otherwise go unheard. They can be shelter or escape for those that need solace… and can provide inspiration for those seeking courage. We are all heroines.
At Lights Out Ink, we believe in being your own heroine, and we produce books that promote this ethos. We believe strong female characters and their allies deserve better representation. We are redefining women’s fiction.
Lights Out Ink is a growing independent publisher of curated, speculative literature. Current and upcoming titles are available on the Lights Out Bookshelf.
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)
Want an eye-catching, engaging less-than-a-minute trailer to tease readers with a glimpse of your world? I’ll design a high-quality music and text based teaser that can be used across websites and social media platforms.
Want a professionally designed pop graphic? Website images, Facebook covers, Twitter covers, and Instagram posts can be created based on your individual needs.
The world is increasingly visual–and what better way to bring your world to life than to create a custom trailer! I will create a 1 – 2 minute trailer to enrapture your audience and fully immerse them in your world.
What a fun, sensory ride this was! “Within These Walls” was an audiobook listen for me, as I’m currently underwater with life and finding the time to sit down to read has been tough. Still, the rich narration only helped to enhance the vision Ania Ahlborn crafts throughout the novel. Lucas, a true crime writer …
There’s a reason why the Walking Dead, Supernatural, and pandemic films are so popular. It’s not just our morbid fascination that leads us to consume art that touches on our fears–there’s a real psychological benefit to it, too.