Thursday, August 9, 2012

❤author: Tiffany Reisz Interview and Giveaway!

❤ I'm thrilled to welcome my new favorite asdfghjkl; (the sound I make when I even THINK about her visit) author, Tiffany Reisz, to the blog today. Welcome to ¡Miraculous!, Tiffany! Will you please share a short bio with us?

Tiffany Reisz lives in Lexington, Kentucky, 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. She has five piercings and one tattoo. She has only been arrested twice.

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).

If she couldn’t write, she would die.

❤ Seriously can we be besties. Tell us about your debut novel, The Siren. 

The Siren is my drawer novel. Wrote it years ago and sat it aside. I was always thinking about it though, thinking about the characters. My lead character is a woman named Nora Sutherlin who is a Dominatrix and an erotica writer. She’s quirky, funny, sweet, spicy, and incredibly strong, stronger than almost all the men in her world. As the years past and I kept reading stories of women who were merely spunky but never actually that interesting, I started to realize I had something really special with Nora — an Alpha heroine. And the men in her life, especially her former lover — a super sexy sadist — haunted my dreams. I started working on the book after about five years of drawer life and bam — magic.

Did you see my review for it, guys? The process makes the book even more intriguing! How did you get published? Tell us your call story.

My characters in The Siren haunted me so much that I couldn’t stop imagining what their lives were like before the book. I saw that Spice Briefs were looking for sexy shorts with taboo sexual elements. I thought, “Taboo? I can do that!” So I wrote a story called Seven Day Loan with my Nora from 
The Siren ten years before. In The Siren she’s a Dominant. In Seven Day Loan she’s still a submissive. When I got the call from Harlequin Spice that they wanted to buy Seven Day Loan, I realized that my characters and my odd take on romance spoke to people. I took The Siren out of the proverbial drawer, did a lot of work on it, and got my badass agent Sara Megibow. Sara submitted it to Harlequin. They loved Seven Day Loan and wanted to keep me in the Harlequin family. So they bought book one and book two. One year later, they bought book three. Keep your fingers crossed they buy books four through eight!

❤ Your brilliance is paying off for fiction whores like me ;) How much of your actual life gets written into your fictional stories?

Either “a lot” or “none” is the right answer. I’m kinky so I use all that personal experience when writing the kink scenes. But I’m no Dominatrix, alas, although I have played with one. What I take from my life and put in my stories is the reality of how tough relationships are. A lot of romance novels make love seem so simple — there’s a complication (class divisions, a clause in a will, pirates, angst, whatever), a barrier to the couple being together. The barrier is overcome and then mazel tov! Happy ever after! Anybody over the age of thirty knows what bullshit that is. Getting together is the beginning, not the end, of the complications. I bring the reality of how incredibly hard relationships are into my books and show that even good people can fuck up and even great couples can fall apart. But I’m ultimately an optimist so if my readers are brave enough, they’ll get to see their favorite characters find meaningful fulfillment at the end of the series. But they’ll have to crawl through hell first to get there.

❤ I couldn't have said it better, myself. You certainly know how to draw out the essence of your writing. How would you describe your style/tone?

I feel like a douchebag calling myself a “literary” writer. But whatever, I’m a literary writer or at the very least, a reasonable facsimile. My style is spritely at times, atmospheric at others. I let my characters have fun, have a sense of humor, and I let the narrative style reflect that. Other times, my prose is solemn as liturgy, which, in this series, is quite fitting. *wink*

❤ Puahaha again, I'm in full agreement. Give aspiring writers a piece of advice you wish you would have known before getting published.

You hear the stats about how many people want to be writers and it’s intimidating as hell. What you don’t know in these stats is how few of these people even have a snowball’s chance in hell of getting published. Your competition is not the 35,000 people who queried my agency last year. It’s maybe about 300 people who wrote a query decent enough to get asked for a full manuscript from my agent. If you’re a good writer and you’re going to have to take a good long hard look at yourself to find out if you are or not, you can get published.

❤ That's really sobering — and it gives me hope! What's the most interesting comment you have ever received about your stories?

Before he was my boyfriend, Andrew Shaffer (aka Evil Wylie, aka Fanny Merkin, author of 50 Shames of Earl Grey) read The Siren. I was hoping to get him to blurb me. And blurb me he did! (No innuendo intended). Anyway, Andrew’s blurb said that he hadn’t read a book as subversive as The Siren since Fight Club. Ever since then, when trying to warn people about the content of The Siren, I tell them “it’s like Fight Club for Women.”

❤ What's next for you?

World domination. Okay, actually, after I’m done typing up this Q&A I’m going to bed. THEN world domination.

❤ A babe after my own heart! Where can you be found on the web? 

Website (with free reads!) | Twitter

Before we conclude this interview, is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?

Do you think BDSM writers should actually practice kink or does it not matter to your enjoyment of the story if the scenes come from personal experience or pure imagination?

❤ My response: hmmm.. nah, I don't think it matters. I mean, if they do, that's really awesome, but they don't necessarily have to, in order to write accurate, believable depictions of the practice. Murderers don't write serial killer thrillers, you know...*grin*. Thank you so much for being here today, Tiffany! It was a pleasure getting to know you and congrats on The Siren!!! I think you are amazingly amazingly brilliant so... I'm just going to sit here and fangirl while you're off fulfilling your amazing brilliant authorly duties ♥_♥


Thanks to Little Bird Publicity, I have one copy of The Siren, reader's choice of eBook or print, up for grabs. To enter, all you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below:
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