Author Spotlight: Sabine Priestley
- Tell us a little about yourself. How long have you been writing? What genre do you write?
I’m a relative newbie author. First published with Kensington books / Lyrical Press in 2014. I’ve since written another 3 books and a short story. I’ll be releasing 2 more books this year, as well as a novella in an anthology and a book in a series with a great group of fantastic SciFi Rom authors. My primary genre is SciFi Rom but I’m branching out into UF this year (as well as returning to SFR). Busy year ahead!
- What inspired you to write your first book?
Gini Koch’s Alien novels. I loved her world and the kick-ass, hairspray toting heroine that lives there. That inspired me to create a world of my own. It’s totally her fault, and she knows it.
- Where do you get your inspiration from?
Almost everything I’ve written has come from what I call a dream seed. I remember far too much of my dream life, and because many dreams are rather mundane, I’m constantly confusing dreams with reality. Hang out with me long enough and you will hear me say “Did I dream this or did…”
- Do you have a favorite author?
Right now I’d have to say Nalini Singh. I want to be her when I grow up. I fell hard for her Psy Changeling word. It’s a fantastic place that she’s created, rich and multi-layered. I love writing kick-ass women characters, but the thing I love about Nalini’s world is that she honors strengths of all kinds. Not everyone can be an alpha, and she puts submissives and maternals in a very positive light.
- Do you have any advice for other authors?
Guard your passion as though it were your child. Identify those people and things that bring you down and lose them. I mean that whole heartedly. Rip those suckers right out of your life.
Find others with a similar drive for success. Doesn’t have to be other writers (although you definitely want those, too). Surround yourself with successful people and never give up.
- Describe your latest WIP
I have multiple projects right now.
My UF series is super fun. Think hot dudes (and dudettes) with wings. Yummy. Humans and the winged, sensari are living and working together in the nascent country of Vega for the first time. When new hire Priya Desai caves to a night of passion with GenRealm’s CEO, Morgan Steele, the consequences spark the potential for a world war. This book will be out in May, so stay tuned!
The second book in the series follows Christopher Gotti, Morgan’s SVP. Chris was born into the lowest caste of sanhara back in Mandori, and he’s the reason the Steeles deserted their country. He owes them everything so when asked to work with a woman who distains everything about him, he agrees in order to try and bridge the gab between countries. The two could not be worse for each other, which is why they’re perfect together.
Next up we have Marco Dar back from the Alien Attachments series. He’s got a newly sentient AI that’s getting a brand new body (and not the one you might think). To accomplish said body change he has to work with a woman he cheated on six years ago. A woman he hasn’t forgotten. One that might just be able to rein in this fun loving playboy.
Finally, Armond Nolde is back from the Alien Attachments series as well. He’s been sucked into another galaxy and is being forced to work with a loud, large and beautifully dark skinned woman. She’s water to his oil and perfectly wrong for him.
A lifelong lover of books, Sabine grew up on Science Fiction, Fantasy and Romance novels. As a child she wanted to be an astronaut and travel the stars looking for aliens. As an adult she’s seriously disappointed we’ve yet to establish so much as a moon base (although she gives a hearty nod to the ISS) and is pretty sure Humans aren’t ready to meet ET. An Electrical Engineer and Cultural Anthropologist by training, she’s a geek with heart. She’s lived in more states than she cares to admit and loves to travel. When not in far off lands, you can frequently find her walking the local beaches and plotting her next adventure. Sabine lives in Florida with her husband, kids, cats and an increasingly large mess of characters in her head.