Check out this author spotlight for SG Minae!
You can find all the links for where to find her furthest down the page, and don’t forget to check out her books!
1. Hi! Welcome to my humble blog of all things bookish! I would like for us to start by getting to know you. Give us a short bio, please!
Hello everyone! I’m S.G Minae, and I write steamy love stories that just happen to involve aliens, the supernatural, and romantic, far-away planets. Whether my books take place on Earth or in another world, I aim to depict a diverse collection of deep relationships and realistic characters. Because love is love…everywhere in the universe.
2. To get to know you just a little bit better, I’d like to ask you some this or that questions. Answer 5 (or more!) of these and explain why you chose this or that, or maybe an entirely different alternative!
Cat or dog?
Dog. I’ve always had dogs. Unlike cats, they cuddle when YOU want, not just when they’re in the mood LOL. Actually, I really love all animals!
Tea or coffee?
Coffee. I didn’t used to like the taste of coffee, then I bought a coffee house! I admit I still prefer sweetened foo-foo drinks, and when possible iced rather than hot. Now that we no longer have our business, we keep a steady supply of cold brewed coffee in the fridge, which I flavor with one or more of the 6 sugar-free syrups we keep on hand.
Morning or evening?
Morning. I’ve always been a morning person, which is why I was the one to open the coffee house at 5:30am every day. It’s still my most productive time. My teenage daughter and husband are night owls, so now I stay up late as well, often until 1-2am. That means either I survive on little sleep, or I crash in mid-afternoon!
Plotter or pantser?
Plotter. Which is weird, because I always considered myself a pantser. When I wrote my first book, I would dream a scene and wake up and write it. Once I learned more about story structure, I organized the scenes and created additional ones needed to fill in the gaps. I found myself getting lost, so I used Excel to create a timeline, and used that to outline each storyline, character, romance and conflict, side-by-side as I laid out the scenes. So I guess all that work makes me a plotter.
Standalone or series?
Series. My original book was a standalone with plans for a trilogy. But I love the universe I created, and now I’m writing another series in the same world that takes place 10 thousand years in the future. I have also planned a Marvel-type series of duets/trilogies that would cover the time in between, plus prequels and spin-offs. I still need to finish the original trilogy so everything can tie together. I don’t write as fast as I’d like, but I keep plugging along.
3. When you look for books to read, what trope or type of story will always catch your attention?
I’m a very eclectic reader. I love science fiction, fantasy, paranormal, legal thrillers, and an romance with assorted heat levels from clean to erotic. I don’t usually seek out horror or non-fiction, but when I read those (and same with watching TV/movies) I find I enjoy those as well. I just wish I was a faster reader, although since I took a speed-reading course in college I am quite a bit faster than I was.
4. What do you write? Tell us about your current projects and the latest happenings!
I write SciFi-Romance, with Fantasy, Paranormal, and Metaphysical elements. My focus is on developing the individuals and the relationships. I use humans and aliens, both on Earth and on faraway planets, to build exciting, sometimes angst-filled stories.
I love strong women and men with emotions. For example, in my first book, Taeryn: The Awakening, Taeryn is a naïve human girl who becomes powerful both mentally and physically, while the main male character, alien Tristan, is empathic yet has trouble accepting his own emotions. My new series, Fantasy Planet, takes place on a faraway resort in the distant future. Three alluring, ageless hosts — a powerful Triptych made of three joined energy-beings — are responsible for protecting a very special planet. They cater to hand-selected clientele, helping their dreams come true…just not the way you might expect. Along the way, guests have exciting adventures in the Oasis Spa (Sexercise, erotic couple’s massage, and more to come!) and every book has two complete romance stories that intertwine and have happily-ever-afters.
5. What is your most recent release? Give us a short presentation, cover, and a link for where to buy it!
The first book in my Fantasy Planet series came out in January. Beauty In The Beast features lesbian tigress Kaleeah who is frustrated the humans she works with judge her by her beastly exterior. What she really disires is for her sweet friend Casea to see the beauty within. Meanwhile Marni, on the run from her violent, rich husband, falls for her Sexercise instructor. Can their love protect her from the most powerful man in the galaxy?
Fantasy Planet, an exotic resort in a distant galaxy where dreams come true…just not the way you might expect!
https://books2read.com/FP1 has links to all your favorite retailers.
Episode 2: Prince Charming is coming soon!
6. What real-life inspiration do you draw from, and what are your primary fictional sources of inspiration (books, authors, films, music, etc.)? Name a few!
I wrote Taeryn: The Awakening because I read and enjoyed Twilight, but craved more intimacy. 50 Shades of Gray promised to be Twilight for Grownups, but there were no supernatural elements. I had a dream about the characters I wanted to see, so I wrote my own book. Basically an intimate version of Twilight with aliens instead of vampires and werewolves!
Fantasy Planet is a take on the old TV show Fantasy Island, combined with the sexy planet resort Risa from Star Trek: The Next Generation. Fun and sensual, with deep characters and exciting stories!
7. What is your writing routine? If you have one, give us the run-down!
I’m definitely not as consistent as I should be. My most effective days are when I get up early and write before anyone else is up. It’s hard to focus once there are distractions. I also enjoy the ambiance of writing late at night, when the world is quiet and the atmosphere is filled with mystery.
8. If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice as you started out on the path to become an author, what would it be?
I’d tell myself to set more goals, and try to stick to them. It’s amazing how fast time goes by when you don’t have hard deadlines.
9. Last but not least: where can we find you? Drop those links!
I’m all over! Goodreads, Bookbub, AllAuthor, plus:
Facebook: SG Minae, Author https://www.facebook.com/SgMinae
Twitter: @SgMinae https://twitter.com/SgMinae
Instagram: @sg_minae https://www.instagram.com/sg_minae/