Interview with Alexandra Amalova

What do you read for pleasure?
I read the classics; I read science fiction; I also regularly read New Scientist. Though I write almost exclusively erotica, I have never read nor ever plan to read that particular genre. But that's not strictly true, is it Alexandra? No, on second thoughts I have read erotica, specifically the unfailingly wonderful short stories written by a variety of authors for Playboy. I'm not an avid reader of porn mags, you understand, but I did once find a pile of classic issues under my dad's bed and, after I had flicked quickly through the girlie pics, proceeded to pore over the text. Quite remarkable and totally inspiring.
When did you first start writing?
When I was eleven or twelve, I remember writing a story at school that received much praise from my teacher and which I had to read out to the class. The buzz I received from that stayed with me. As a late teen, I kept a diary, a deep and personal journal in which I often let my rather sordid imagination run wild. You may recall, in my answer to question one, my untimely introduction to erotica via a treasure trove of classic Playboy magazines; inspired by those amazing tales, I began my erotica experimentia in my personal journal, taking bits of real life and adding a twisted twist.

Later, I gave up my daily delve into literary titillation and simply lived it instead. Quite shamefully, I was quite shameless. One particularly painful affair set me writing again, scribbling feverishly away in an attempt to clear my head of the perceived torment I was suffering. It worked. I suddenly felt wonderful. A friend (more acquaintance, actually, a writer with whom I often cammed) said I should publish what I had created. So I did, on a site called Lush Stories, and to rave reviews. I have barely stopped for breath since.
What's the story behind your latest book?
That demands a long answer, yet I will give you a short one. I can be like that sometimes. It's the final volume of a six-part post-apocalyptic tale of space travel, of human suffering and seeming success, of alien infections, of androids, of war, of sex and death. As themes, I love sex and death. For me, they are inextricably interwoven. The series is called 'The Inversion Chronicles' and this sixth and final instalment will be entitled 'Belong to eternity'.
Describe your desk
My desk is my iPad. It is such an incredible tool. When I first started writing, I used my iPhone exclusively, though found my eyesight suffered somewhat (I put it down to the writing, rather than that other activity popularly associated with myopia). A step up to the iPad was a tremendously liberating experience. As an example, here I am, sitting at my desk on an intercity train, drinking coffee, glancing out at changing panoramas between tapping out my answers. What a wondrous age we live in!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have the Kindle app installed on both my iPhone and iPad and so am never without a book to read.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Free book offers on KDP always generate sales in other areas of my published works. I find it's a great way for readers to find you, to try you, and to hopefully become fans. I believe Smashwords' coupon initiative might have similar effects and am currently looking into how I might best use it.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a male-dominated household, which definitely enabled me to see a male perspective. The fact that many of my first person protagonists are male is evidence of that fact.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The lack of any alternative. I wrote. I wanted to publish. I could have sent manuscripts off to various publishers and sat twiddling my thumbs waiting for that one in a million reply, but I found that rather tedious. The power was in my own hands. I wrote both when I wanted and what I wanted, and published when I felt ready. I am a control freak and with this outlet I have complete control, from content to cover.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It has given me a new marketplace, a vibrant and brilliantly realised market place that has increased my exposure. The more books I add, the more people that have a chance to discover me. Simple as that, really. I love it, love the immediacy of it, the ability to quickly publish and instantly edit. What you see here is what you get. Perfect.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Imagining something that has never been imagined before and making it real to others. Of course, they won't recreate it exactly as you saw it, but that adds to the beauty of it. Each reader creates their own experience, according to their own experiences. It really is quite remarkable.
What do your fans mean to you?
As a writer, they mean everything. To have someone - anyone - willing to invest their valuable time in accompanying me on my fictional journeys, is a very humbling experience. Thank you to all who have taken the time time to indulge me. I feel truly blessed to be given this opportunity.
Published 2018-03-15.
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Books by This Author

Sensual Ghosts: A Stunning Collection Of Paranormal Erotica
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 42,750. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Paranormal
For lovers of ghost stories and sharply written erotica, these nine stunning tales are heart-rending, inspiring and of course, sexually stimulating. The plots will haunt you, the characters will fascinate you, and the twists will confound you long after the earth-shattering sex has subsided into a satisfying glow.
Everywhere In Chains: Book V Of The Inversion Chronicles
Series: The Inversion Chronicles. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 37,490. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Sci-Fi Erotica, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
On a frozen satellite of Inversion 6, an android, Nina, the last of nine, is created. Alex1, its maker, has been stranded there for almost two hundred years while, throughout the Inversion system, war has raged between the evil and all-powerful Executive and the vastly outnumbered Resistance. Continually improving and adapting themselves, the nine await their chance to bring an end to the war.
It Is Only Suffering: Book IV Of The Inversion Chronicles
Series: The Inversion Chronicles. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 38,750. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Sci-Fi Erotica, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
'This is my story. Moon's story. And the story of another...' The Aria, a Resistance ship escaping the Executive purge of 1249, is tracked to Satellite252 of Inversion 6, a gas giant in the Inversion system. Moon, a survivor of the ensuing battle, is stranded on this spherical frozen hell. To sate her most base needs, she creates a companion of sorts, one who will outstrip her every expectation.
The Snowgirl: Alexandra's Naughty Nibbles Book 9
Series: Alexandra's Naughty Nibbles. Price: Free! Words: 3,640. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary, Fiction » Erotica » Paranormal
A skiing holiday gets hotter than the obligatory log fire for Jack and his unlikely guest who arrives wearing nothing but a white silk scarf. Entombed with several of her phantasmic sisters, the above story can also be found in 'Sensual ghosts', an erotic anthology from the remarkably spooky pen of Alexandra Amalova.
Morpheus In The Underground: Alexandra's Naughty Nibbles Book 12
Series: Alexandra's Naughty Nibbles. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,040. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary, Fiction » Erotica » Paranormal
Wet dreams and racy reality become indistinguishable after a fleeting escalator encounter on the London Underground. Entombed with several of her phantasmic sisters, the above story can also be found in 'Sensual ghosts', an erotic anthology from the remarkably spooky pen of Alexandra Amalova.
The Dizziness Of Freedom: Book III Of The Inversion Chronicles
Series: The Inversion Chronicles. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 36,870. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Sci-Fi Erotica, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
In Book III of the Inversion Chronicles, the struggle between Inversion citizens and the Executive, an all powerful entity manipulated by the creature Hekal, intensifies. The Resistance, aided by persecuted Changers, grows in size and efficacy. Drastic and dangerous measures become Hekal's sole solution, measures that cause tragedy on both sides.
Love Them Without Hope: Book II Of The Inversion Chronicles
Series: The Inversion Chronicles. Price: Free! Words: 47,650. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Sci-Fi Erotica, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Book II of this sexy scifi series continues the story of Alex5, while introducing us to a host of new characters, both human and alien, and follows their progress as their burgeoning civilisation is turned on its head by both medical and sociological upheavals.
Only Who Is Left: Book I of the Inversion Chronicles
Series: The Inversion Chronicles. Price: Free! Words: 36,400. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Erotica » Sci-Fi Erotica
'It was now or never. The Earth was dead. War had decimated her then had tortured, raped and burnt her. This journey was humanity's final, most desperate act. It was our last chance. We had but one ship, and I, Alex5, was its captain...' 'Only who is left' introduces the world to Alex5, war hero, scientist, and expedition leader, an extraordinary man encountering extraordinary circumstances.
Xia And The Screenwriter: Alexandra's Naughty Nibbles Book 3
Series: Alexandra's Naughty Nibbles. You set the price! Words: 4,530. Language: English. Published: June 28, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
An inexperienced but eager screenwriter has a porn movie script accepted and filming is quickly scheduled. After an on-set accident involving the leading man, our hero is press-ganged into an intimate scene with Xia, the most famous porn star of her generation. This story can also be found in 'Coffee with Cock', an erotic anthology from the remarkably pervy pen of Alexandra Amalova.
The Car Park: Alexandra's Naughty Nibbles Book 2
Series: Alexandra's Naughty Nibbles. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,090. Language: English. Published: June 28, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
Finding instant affinity in a late-night chat room, two daring and fortuitously local lovers are inspired to brave the drifting snow and share a stunning hour of backseat passion. Conjoined with several of her sexy sisters, the above story can also be purchased as 'Coffee with Cock', an erotic anthology from the remarkably pervy pen of Alexandra Amalova.
Like Mother: Like Daughter - Alexandra's Naughty Nibbles Book 1
Series: Alexandra's Naughty Nibbles. Price: Free! Words: 6,360. Language: English. Published: June 11, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
In the middle of the night, Robbie is woken by a snarling, finger-pointing woman who claims to be the mother of the girl who has just left his flat, the girl whose damp, dirty knickers still dangle from the head of his bed. Conjoined with several of her sexy sisters, the above story can be found in 'Coffee with Cock', an erotic anthology currently available from Smashwords.
Coffee With Cock: a rich, smooth collection of steamy and creamy erotica
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 42,470. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
Alexandra has once again hit the jackpot with this, her second collection of stunningly sexy naughty shorIies. Incorporating the themes of trust, love, lust, infidelity, loss, loneliness and inexperience, these eight truthful and touching tales evince sexually disparate scenarios. They will make you think, make you reflect on your own existence, while simultaneously arousing you beyond measure.
A Little Death: Alexandra's Naughty Nibbles Book 11
Series: Alexandra's Naughty Nibbles. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,120. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Paranormal
'La petite mort', a euphemistic synonym for orgasm, adds deathly undertones to this sensuous tale of love and loss. Entombed with several of her phantasmic sisters, the above story can also be found in 'Sensual ghosts', an erotic anthology from the remarkably spooky pen of Alexandra Amalova.