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Today I want you to meet Tiffany Reisz super famous ultra talented author of one of my favorite Disturbia books: The Siren, book #1 of the Original Sinner series 4.4 stars. Edgy, disturbing… sinful! Tiffany is one of my top favorite authors and I’m just thrilled to have interviewed her!
Tiffany, thank you for the interview!
Tiffany Reisz lives in Portland, Oregon with her boyfriend (a reformed book reviewer) and two cats (one good, one evil). She graduated with a B.A. in English from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky and is making both her parents and her professors proud by writing BDSM erotica under her real name.
When not under arrest, Tiffany enjoys Latin Dance, Latin Men, and Latin Verbs. She dropped out of a conservative southern seminary in order to pursue her dream of becoming a smut peddler. Johnny Depp’s aunt was her fourth grade teacher. Her first full-length novel THE SIREN was inspired by a desire to tie up actor Jason Isaacs (on paper). She hopes someday life will imitate art (in bed).
THE SIREN was awarded the RT Reviewer’s Choice Award for Best Erotic Romance 2012.
D: I read your Huffingtonpost post so I know you “… done kink for years but only in the privacy of the bedroom” and also do serious, hands on research for your writing. However, I couldn’t figure out what inspired what? What came first for you? The kinky lifestyle or writing about it?
T: I had experimented with kink before writing but after I started working on THE SIREN, I began playing in earnest since I wanted to know what I was writing about. Accuracy is important to me. Telling a good story is much more important than accuracy but verisimilitude helps make the story more enjoyable and believable.
D: Your books are controversial to say the least. You used the words “shocking,” “controversial,” “subversive,” and “blasphemous”. How do you deal with the criticisms?
T: I get very little criticism other the usual bad review here and there. A few people get irritated by the M/M content or the underage sex or whatever. That’s fine. My books aren’t for them. There are millions of other books out there without that content for those readers.
D: In many of your profiles you say you have been arrested only twice. Can you tell us about it? Was it something sinful?
Both my arrests were paperwork errors where I’d paid a fine and it didn’t get recorded properly. The most boring reasons to ever be arrested but they both happened within a couple months of each other. I felt cursed!
D: Was it ever a moment where you did regret writing such controversial books? Can you share it with us?
D: I find your writing is just irresistible, almost enthralling. Can you tell us about your journey to become such a good writer?
T: I was a bad writer for a very long time. Then I gave up trying to be a writer. Once I got a little older and stopped trying to be an “author” and started writing for fun, then I found my writing voice. You cannot, should not be a writer unless you are a reader first.
D: What authors/books inspired you?
The first books I remember loving were the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis and “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L’Engle. Clearly books that mix religion with fiction are my favorites.
D: Have you or would you consider writing other genres besides romance?
T: I’ve written a book called THE ANGELS’ SHARE coming next year which has a romance plot but is not a romance. It’s mainstream fiction. But romance is such a joy to write that it’s hard for me to write a book that doesn’t have at the very least a romance subplot.
D: What would you say is the most important character in the Original Series sinners, the one character without which the series could not exist? Is it the most controversial? The least? The one that came to life first?
T: Nora is the most important character. The series wouldn’t have existed without her. Søren is probably the most controversial as he’s a sexually active Catholic priest. I didn’t know as I was writing the first draft of THE SIREN that Søren was a priest. I just knew Nora had a mysterious ex-lover who she was still in love with. I didn’t know what he did for a living or anything. One day it just hit me. Nora was already Catholic in the books and liked to hang out at churches. It was like my subconscious had left me hints about Søren and I finally got the hint. It was a lightbulb “Eureka!” moment.
D: Religion seems to be a big element in your writing. Can you tell us why? Is it because you are very religious or the opposite?
T: I am a practicing Catholic. Religion is the most important thing to me.
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