A.C. James: Thank you for interviewing today on my blog! It was a pleasure having you. Good luck with The Mistress, Original Sinners Book #4 and I look forward to having you back when it’s released. Readers: if you haven’t entered my Father’s Day Giveaway, you should click HERE now. It’s your last chance to win an autographed copy of either The Siren, The Angel, or The Prince by Tiffany Reisz. Winners choice! Or you could win…
By A.C. James
Today, I’m talking with the international bestselling author, Tiffany Reisz. If you’re not already familiar with her books and you like what you read, please investigate her erotic romance novels on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
A.C. James: Hello, Tiffany. Thank you for joining me today! I’ve been a fan of The Original Sinners series and can’t wait until The Mistress is released. Book three ended in a cliffhanger—a mind-twister that left fans eagerly awaiting the conclusion to the series. Please tell my blog readers something about yourself, where you’re based, and how you came to be a writer.
Tiffany Reisz: My name is Tiffany Reisz and I write religious books with erotic content. Or maybe erotic books with religious content. I’m a perverted Catholic so it could go either way.
A.C. James: You’re in good company 😉 I’m a perverted Catholic myself. I think that’s what drew me to your books. What genre do you generally write and what have you had published to-date? What do you think of eBooks?
Tiffany Reisz: I love eBooks. I love all books. Since I just rearranged all eight million books in my office last night, I’m more of an eBooks gal this morning.
A.C. James: With the advent of the e-readers, I must admit that I find myself buying fewer print editions. After lugging an eclectic collection of books through three states and over two dozen moves, I’m grateful for the advance in technology. Have you ever self-published?
Tiffany Reisz: Nope. I’m published with Mira Books at Harlequin.
A.C. James: And represented by Sara Megibow at Nelson Literary Agency. Do you have a favorite of your stories or characters?
Tiffany Reisz: I love all my characters. My unholy Trinity of Nora, Søren, and Kingsley are my three favorite characters to write.
A.C. James: I really love Nora’s complex character because she acts on her sexual impulses with multiple sexual partners. Our slut shaming society deems that type of behavior in women unacceptable. Often the archetypal heroines portrayed in happily-ever-after romance novels are poorly and unrealistically interpreted. Which authors did you read when you were younger and did they shape you as a writer?
Tiffany Reisz: I read lots of fantasy as a kid. My favorite books were by Madeline L’Engle. I still love all the Narnia books.
A.C. James: Of course, C.S. Lewis is a classic author that I read to my own children. I dabble in poetry. I first started writing poetry and short stories in high school. My library was my favorite hangout and I still remember finding Lines Scribbled on an Envelope and Other Poems by Madeline L’Engle in the stacks. Do you manage to write every day, and do you plot your stories or just get an idea and run with it?
Tiffany Reisz: I write every day when I’m working on a book. Then I stop writing and do research or edit, etc. I plot but I usually deviate from my outline quite a bit. The outline is more to force me to think about plot than something I actually use to write.
Do you do a lot of editing or research?
Tiffany Reisz: Yes and yes to both. I do at least 12 drafts of a book. My whole life is one big research project.
A.C. James: And I just love your research methods! What point of view do you find most to your liking: first person or third person? Have you ever tried second person?
Tiffany Reisz: I loathe first person—reading it and writing it. Second person doesn’t work for me either. I hate present tense. I write in the classical novel style—third person, past tense. Anything fancier than that draws attention to itself. I want readers to focus only on the story and not a fancy prose style.
A.C. James: I feel the same way about reading first person but oddly find myself drawn to writing it. What’s your favorite aspect of writing? What’s your least favorite aspect of your writing life? And has anything surprised you?
Tiffany Reisz: I wish I only had to write. I’d love to leave marketing, etc, up to someone else. But all writers have to be jacks-of-all-trades in today’s writing world.
A.C. James: Marketing does cut into time better spent writing but it is a necessary evil. Are you involved in anything else writing-related other than actual writing or marketing of your writing?
Tiffany Reisz: Writing is my life. I do pet my cats on occasion.
A.C. James: Ah, another pet human. Cats own humans. Humans don’t own cats. I have a big orange cat that the kids named Muggle. We’re not bookworms or anything in my house 😉 Are you on any forums or networking sites? If so, how valuable do you find them?
Tiffany Reisz: Nope.
A.C. James: What are you working on at the moment or next?
Tiffany Reisz: I’m writing a contemporary erotic homage to Much Ado About Nothing. Hijinks and comedy of errors at a wedding.
A.C. James: I can’t begin to tell you how fantastic that is! Shakespeare knew how to throw a party and I can only imagine what you have in store for readers. I love that The Siren was a modern day take on “My Fair Lady.” Could you imagine Eliza Doolittle initiating poor Mr. Higgins to kink like Nora Sutherlin introduced to her editor Zachary Easton?
Never mind. I guess you could since you wrote it. Tell us more about The Mistress Files and why it’s been such a big hit with your readers.
Tiffany Reisz: The Original Sinners series has really struck a cord with readers because of the complexity of the plots and characters. Readers who are tired of simple boy meets girl stories are finding they enjoy a romp through a darker world.
A.C. James: We’re imperfect people and I think readers want imperfection; otherwise it’s hard to fall in love with a character. The characters in The Original Sinners series are well written and three dimensional. Readers get that and can relate to it. Where can we find out about you and your writing?
Tiffany Reisz: www.tiffanyreisz.com
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