Monday, September 01, 2014

Interview with Tiffany Reisz

Today I'm thrilled and honoured to welcome the one and only Tiffany Reisz to Darkest Sins!

Tiffany Reisz is the author of the highly acclaimed series The Original Sinners. Her first novel, THE SIREN, won the RT Editor's Choice Award for Best Erotic Romance of 2012. Slightly shameless, Tiffany dropped out of a conservative Southern seminary in order to pursue a career as a writer. This move, while possibly putting her eternal salvation in peril, has worked out better than she anticipated. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her boyfriend, author Andrew Shaffer.


INTERVIEW WITH TIFFANY REISZ

• How are things over there? Do you find your new city, Portland, inspiring?

We love Portland. It’s an unusually pretty city, and everywhere we go I find a setting for a novel I want to write. Ecola State Park looks like Narnia but people live there in ivy-covered houses. And there’s a ski lodge on top of Mt Hood (it was the exterior of the Shining Hotel) which is very dark and sexy and mysterious looking. I can’t wait to start incorporating Oregon settings into stories.

• Is there a favourite author of yours who might have affected your writing in a special way?

Anne Rice. Absolutely. When I write THE SIREN I included elements from lots of Anne Rice novels (a group of mysterious erotic individuals who are part of a dark secret society, underage sex, BDSM, Gothic settings), and I did so entirely without thinking that I might get into trouble. After all, Anne Rice wrote it first (The Sleeping Beauty Chronicles, Belinda, etc) so why would anyone care if I tied up a sexy teenage boy and let a dominatrix make a man out of him? So I give Anne Rice much love for being such a brave writer. She gives me courage.

• Do you usually follow any kind of writing schedule?

When I’m writing a book, yes. But I don’t write every day. Today is “answer emails day” since I turned in book seven in my Original Sinners series on Sunday (The Virgin). But when I’m writing a first draft, I set a daily writing goat (yes, goat, not goal. Goats are cute and goals are intimidating.) My usual writing goat is 3000 words a day. I go to a meditation chapel near our house that has no internet access and just zone out and write. After about six to eight weeks, I have a first draft. Then I rewrite and rewrite and rewrite. Usually about four carefully chosen beta readers read it and I take their revisions suggestions very seriously. By the time my editor gets it, the book’s been through about eight revisions. Then it goes through about two to four more after she gets me her notes back and I do massive rewrites. A fan recently said to me on Twitter that she was shocked I do so many revisions. The books read very seamlessly to her. I told her, “The reason they read well is because I do so many revisions, not in spite of it.” Rewriting is writing!

• I know research is very important—if not essential—for an author. Would you like to tell us something about the one you did for The Original Sinners?

When you’re an erotica writer, you can say having sex is research. One of the perks of the job. One of the most fun things I did while researching THE SIREN was booking an appointment with a real Manhattan dominatrix at her dungeon. She beat the hell out of me after I told her I didn’t mind bruises. A lot of her clients are married men who visit dominas in secret. We had an awesome time and we’ve stayed in touch here and there. She’s as beautiful as Mistress Nora and just as wild.

• The series is divided in two parts: The Red Years and The White Years—the latest opened by "The Saint". Want to explain what this division is about to new readers?

We wanted to make sure readers understood that with The White Years, they would be getting stories that take place in the past, stories about Mistress Nora before she was Mistress Nora. The frame story of The White Years books continues the timeline into the future, but each book’s main purpose is to tell a story about the past. Mistress Nora the dominatrix wears red as her signature color. As a submissive she wore white and a white collar. That’s the difference.

• Did you have the main plot all planned from the very beginning, or it just kept taking shape book after book?

Both. I had a general outline in my head of what I wanted to do with the series but when I sat down to write each book, that outline changed. But the basics have always stayed the same—Nora the dominatrix has wild adventures with weird and wonderful men and lives happily and naughtily ever after.

• What part of which instalment has been the most hard to write so far?

The most recent book, The Virgin, was the hardest to write because I had no idea how to write it. I was at a loss. I knew what I wanted to do but it just wasn’t working. I finally gave up, took a few days off, went for long walks and bike rides and then BAM! I was hit with inspiration. Everything fell into place and I could finally write the book I wanted to write. Basically I had to give myself permission to jump ahead in time a couple of years to write the stuff I wanted to write as opposed to what my readers probably expected me to write. And it worked out for everyone. Readers will get a huge surprise when they start The Virgin and I got to write something I’d been dreaming of for a long time. Castles, kilts, and kink! I can’t wait for y’all to read it!

• And the most pleasurable?

Writing The Mistress Files which is a series of five novellas about Mistress Nora and her clients was maybe the most fun I had writing in the Original Sinners universe. Nora is at her absolute best when she’s working as a Dominatrix, helping people with their problems, teaching them to be comfortable with their sexuality. She’s a bit of a sex guru and when she comes into your life, you always walk away a better,  happier, and hornier person.

• As much as I loved each and every book in the series, "The Prince" still remains my absolute favourite. Do you have a personal one?

The Prince is still my favourite too. The scenes in the past between teenage Kingsley and Søren were painfully erotic. I just let my dark imagination fly with those too. No limits, no rules. And they’re so beautiful together. I could have written an entire 500 page book about their high school affair. It wouldn’t have had much plot but God, it would have been fun.

• Every single character plays an important part and leaves a mark in your books. Nevertheless, from those 'minor' ones, who would you say you're particularly attached to?

Sheridan, most definitely. I love Mistress Nora’s little blonde actress submissive. She’s my dream girl.

• I have to say, I can't look at Rachel Weisz without picturing Nora and, as I told you once on twitter, I also can’t look at Nikolaj Coster-Waldau without thinking of Søren. That means my mind sort of tricks me with images of Søren in Game of Thrones. (Twisted enough?) How pleased are you, knowing your characters and visions have such a big impact/power over a reader?

It’s hilarious. I have so many people tell me they can’t sit through Mass anymore without having naughty thoughts about priests. Oops. Well, what can I say? I’m a sadist like Søren and nothing pleases me more than messing with minds.

• How would you describe the relationship with your readers?

I have a very open fun relationship with readers. I like to play Domme to their sub. Recently I tweeted “Please lick my Facebook page. Don’t LIKE it, lick it. Email me pics.” They thought I was joking but one reader did email me a picture of herself licking my Facebook page. I surprised her with a signed copy of a book as a reward for her obedience. Inside I wrote “Good girls get rewarded for following orders.”

• What are you working on at the moment?

Nothing! And it’s wonderful! I’m taking a whole entire week off writing to clean up my inbox before I start writing a new book. The next book I’m writing isn’t in the Original Sinners series. It’s a sexy  southern romance (southern meaning American southern, specifically Kentucky) with a marriage of convenience plot. I’ve wanted to write a marriage of convenience book set in contemporary time for a while now. There’s no kink in it, but I promise it’ll be dark and twisty. Wish me luck!

Good luck and thanks again for your time, Tiffany. I wish you, your superb The Original Sinners series and any other one you plan to write in the future all the very best! —Silvia

Thank you for having me on the blog! I really appreciate it. Happy sinning! Tiffany Reisz
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GIVEAWAY!
(UK ONLY)

Thanks to the amazing team at CherishPR, I'm happy to offer one lucky winner the printed copies of The Siren, The Angel, The PrinceThe Mistress and The Saint by Tiffany Reisz!

To enter the contest, just follow the blog, leave a comment below and add your email address at the end.

I'll randomly draft the winner and contact them directly via email next week.

Good luck, sinners!! ;)

23 comments:

  1. When I saw that Anne Rice was an inspiration, I was surprised because Reisz doesn't write paranormal, then I remembered the Sleeping Beauty books, which I've read and loved. I just can't help but hear Anne Rice and think Paranormal, but she is much more than that.

    I love Tiffany Reisz. Her books are amazing. She is so open with all her fans on Twitter. She makes me laugh all the time. I can't wait for the The King. You can believe that I will have it on release day. I just have to decide if I want to read or listen.


    Thanks for the great interview and contest.


    simmons.melanie at gmail

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  2. Franny @ Mind Reader1 September 2014 at 14:26

    Wonderful interview, Silvia, and The Prince is my favourite as well! And I completely agree with Melanie, Tiffany is very lovely and she always replies to my tweets!
    Thanks for this great insight into Tiffany's mind and for the awesome contest!
    darkfranny(at)gmail(dot)com

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  3. Oh I heard great things about the author and I know I really need to try one of her books. thanks for the nice interview!

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  4. Charlie Applegate1 September 2014 at 19:13

    Tiffany Reisz is my all time favourite author & I love her work! !
    XxXx
    mrsapplegate@outlook.com

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  5. I Love the Original Sinners series! I read the books in days and just can't get enough, i read them on my kindle so it would be awesome to have them on paper as well!
    Tiffany cracks me up, by always making me laugh with her posts on twitter! I also like the fact she response to comments as well!
    And i am extremely excited by knowing that Tiffany is going to continue writing new stories when the original sinners are finished with! XxXx
    Jennymawer@outlook.com

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  6. Kerri-Anne Carruthers1 September 2014 at 19:53

    Tiffany Reisz book/characters have helped me in incredible ways. I've been able to deal with issues relating to major losses in my childhood thanks to her Sinners. I'll never be able to thank her enough. Tiffany I <3 you.


    kerri-anne87@hotmail.co.uk

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  7. I love all the sinner books. Ive even bought 2 of the Saint because i wanted the American cover :-)

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  8. I really enjoyed this post! I have a copy of The Saint, it is in my tbr pile, that's so embarrassing. Now that I have learned a bit about the author I am going to make that book my next read. Thanks for helping me make uo my mind of what to read next.
    Too bad the contest is UK only.

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  9. I love the writing goat! Great interview!

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  10. Im pleased to say i fell in love with Nora some time ago and like all great loves its getting better over the years. I love all the books and not just for the kink but for the way Tiffany writes about all kinds of things she has a brillIant way of making you fall in love with so many different men.
    discoshaz@gmail.com

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  11. Ok so how do I like the blog post and stuff to be in the competition im new to all this

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  12. Lisa Dtguttergirly2 September 2014 at 18:55

    I absolutely love Tiffany and her writing - she showed me what erotica should be like after I read the fifty shades books! dtguttergirly@gmail.com

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  13. You don't need to like the post, you only need to follow my blog (via GFC, Bloglovin', NetworkedBlogs and/or Linky Followers...which are gadgets on the right sidebar). After that, leave a comment here (you can reply to this one) and don't forget to leave your email address as well.

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  14. Wit of the Staircase3 September 2014 at 08:44

    Great interview, loved the insight into the writing process


    cchettle (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  15. Great interview, can never be patient for the next book to read, recommended your books to loads of women in the supermarket! Lol when they ask whats it about Just say have you read 50 shades and the crossfire novels? The response is always yes, just tell them more in depth and descriptive, wonder if they've read them! Dontcare what they think of the women who recommended them! Just waiting for the next book like many.

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  16. Love that Tiffany loves The Prince as much as I do!!! Søren & Kingsley....nobody does it better!

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  17. What an awesome interview, Silvia and Tiffany! I love the questions, and the answers are really well thought out as well.


    I have only read The Siren so far, and I loved it! And I am looking forward to continuing this kinky journey with Mistress Nora ;) I want to win, too, Silvia! I'll come to London and pick up the copies if I do ;) Then we can also have lunch together!

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  18. Sorry, Lexxie...You know I always try to have the giveaways International, but this was up to the publisher so you can see my hands were tied—huh, what a very appropriate line to use in such context. :P Anyway, I would love to have lunch with you in London and have a wonderful chat about this amazing series! Fingers crossed we can do that soon :)

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  19. Heh your hands were tied, eh? :P appropriate indeed. Oh, I totally understand, it's not always possible to have the giveaways be international, it costs a lot to ship books! I'm just teasing, even if it would have been awesome to be able to participate :)
    I will let you know next time I go to London for sure! But this also means I need to read more so we can also discuss Søren and Nora ;)

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  20. I'm looking forward to it and yes, you should read more because it just gets better and better ;)

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  21. Love the books, looking forward to non original series book

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  22. Fantastic interview, I love Tiffany's writing. Never thought in a million years I'd enjoy a book like the Angel but she weaves a spell with her words and you really care about the characters. Truly magical.

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