I'm a writer, I'm a poet, I'm a dreamer, and I'm an overeducated science nerd. I'd like to improve at all of the above.

I hate to be told what I can't do! Tell me that and you've just waved a red cape to a bull in a bullfighting ring. I'm still pushing my limits - when I stop, I will wither.

I suffer from travelopathy - I've visited over 30 countries, all over Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, Southeast Asia, and Australia. I've imbued many different cultures - they inform my writing and who I am. I'm eager to explore many more.

Amara Novi's Posts

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How to build your fan base

Full disclosure: I have no idea, really, how to build a fan base, because I haven’t done it yet. But I am very curious about it – who wouldn’t be? So rather than this being a “how to” post, it’s more of a post on “what has worked for others.” I recently entered a story in the July Nude Day contest on the free erotic fiction site Literotica (aka Lit). One of the dicta of why you should enter contests, if you have a snowball’s chance in hell of winning them, is the side benefit of enticing readers to your older stories and […]

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The Surprising Appeal of Erotic Horror: A Review of AMoveableBeast’s The Grimm Reaper

What makes some enjoy horror, while others wouldn’t touch it with a ten-foot pole? Although I don’t enjoy reading or watching horror, I’ve been fascinated by the millions who do. If not universal, the appeal of horror is certainly pervasive these days. Stephen King, perhaps the most popular horror master of our time, has had phenomenal success, but he has ridden an old and standing wave: Bram Stoker’s Count Dracula, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and William Blatty’s The Exorcist are only a few now-classic horror tales. And of course, King is providing coattails for many followers, not least because of his book On […]

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Setting as Character

Setting as Character in Erotica: The Goldilocks Approach

You have a hot character or three. You have an awesome plot with a surprising and touching ending, and some absolutely sizzling sex scenes! You are nearly there in writing a story or book, looking for that 5 star review, but so far it may only get 4 stars. To get to the top of the scale, use all the tools at your disposal. An important one, a character in itself, is the setting of your story. Now setting is a bit like salt: a little goes a long way. That’s why I recommend the Goldilocks approach. You know: not too much, not […]

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