Hello, friends! I’m Amara.
- the world is WAY too fascinating for JUST ONE color, gender, or size, and these things don’t encompass a whole person, let alone a whole journey aaaand
- following your heart isn’t necessarily a bad thing – even if everything goes wrong, there are just some things you have to learn for yourself, no matter what people say.
I think that’s why I grew up obsessed with stories. The good ones, especially, don’t define themselves for you; YOU get to define every bit it of it for yourself.
And even better? Now, my own recreations have dropped anchor in the world. I’m defining things for myself all the time.
It’s kinda what I do.
I’m an apprentice wordsmith. I’m also an Authortuber.
I write about motivation, inspiration, envy, and creative freedom on this website, with bookish and writerly touchstones. I have manuscripts in progress and short stories for sale right now. A chocolate obsession and a brain for pop-culture references.
I will read almost anything recommended by Angie of Angieville.
Takiko Okuda and Miaka Yuki are my beacons.
I like walks in the woods, slowburn romance, epic friendships, and U.K. accents. I also have damn good friends and a Rohirrim army of a Puerto Rican family, all based, for the most part, in Mount Doom, New Jersey near me.
I hope my words make a difference. Double the points if they get a few laughs out of you.
To elaborate on the above, here are 28 things about me I don’t often tell people right away:
- I am an introverted extrovert, a cat-dog if you will
- I am OBSESSED with morally grey characters
- I try to take my time with things, because I rush much too easily
- I work through cycles of depression and anxiety
- I invite myself anywhere there’s going to be food
- Alexandra Franzen is the word-smith of my dreams
- Anne Shirley is another of my spirit animals – a lovably, eloquently loquacious fellow dreamer
- …as is Kirresha, because I want to be brave enough to get up on a table and sing, “When I shake it, it’s like an earthquake.”
- I kissed Aragorn on a folder in the 4th grade…because I could and I wanted to
- I have been recorded trying to speak Elvish instead of Spanish or English to a doting aunt
- I’ve watched Lord of the Rings at least 250 times
- My favorite speech from the films is the one King Theoden makes before Minas Tirith in Return of the King (“Death!”)
- Fushigi Yuugi is my all-time favorite anime
- Fushigi Yuugi: Genbu Kaiden is my all-time favorite manga
- K-Pop and Anime were my bread and butter as a tween, but I’d been watching anime, Korean/Taiwanese/Japanese dramas and variety shows, listening to asian pop music ooooh… for forever, I think (hi and thanks, Mom!)
- I often get chocolate comas and cannot be held responsible for my actions
- I try to keep upbeat, positive, and encouraging whenever possible
- I’m not a natural at saving money, but I do my best
- I love going to the actual movie theater
- I became a reader at the age of 12
- My mom brought me into a Borders, said godspeed, and let me take home two kissing books
- I have over 200 unread physical books in my shelves
- I basically have a vast and eclectic personal library
- I default to lying rather than the truth and it’s a habit I do everything I can to break
- But I’m a writer, so I still kinda need that skill
- My soul isn’t black but I do have a dirty mind
- I am profoundly lazy, but I always remind mself I don’t want to be
- Cara Alwill Leyba is my latest lady crush
Here is my official bio:
Amara Luciano is a writer, blogger, entrepreneur, and author of short stories, who produces tall tales both for free and for sale online. Her latest short fiction release, “The Wood That Never Sleeps”–a short story about a guy who protects magic and a girl who wants to siphon it, regardless of the cost–is on sale now. Her spirit animal and writerly role model: Alexandra Franzen. Her motivational mantra: “Don’t make excuses.” You can read more of Amara’s work at ToAllThePeopleBackHome.com.
Lastly, I’m going to leave you with this:
A weary, young hobbit losing hope once asked,
“What are we holding onto?”
To which his magical friend replied:
“That there’s some good in this world… And it’s worth fighting for.”
Over and above everything else, I’d like to try to be that reminder, for both of us, if I can.
I think that you’ve come to To All The People Back Home for a reason. Stick around to figure out what’s worth fighting for.