Post and Interview by Susan Taylor

"Creating a character is like solving a mystery for me."
 Tiffany Reisz, author of the Original Sinners, shares her thoughts on writing.

The Prince, Ms. Reisz's newest release is out.

Prolific author,Tiffany Reisz shares her view on writing.
The making of Tiffany's gutsy and sensuous
style of writing is explored.
Thank you Tiffany.
"In all things involving Nora Sutherlin, proceed with caution."
-Tiffany Reisz, The Prince
December 1, 2012 Author Interview: TIFFANY REISZ

1.       What part of your background has helped your writing career and what part has hindered?
Going to a great liberal arts college definitely helped me read the right books. Going to seminary helped me find a theme for my books. The student loans have made it hard to quit my day job which interferes with the writing.
2.       How has your life changed since the release of The Siren?
Everything has changed and nothing has changed. I’m a real published writer now with books on bookshelves in multiple countries. That’s fabulous. But I still have a day job. I still live in the same condo. I still have to feed my damn cats. Oh no! The cats! ::runs to feed cats::
3.       Do readers’ expectation and assumptions alter you or your writing? Perhaps prompt a direction to take in future projects?
I interact with my fans on a daily basis. It really helps me see my books through a reader’s eyes. They ask me questions that I never thought of so when I go back to writing I think about how I can answer their question or clarify their confusion. My readers inspire lots of great stuff!
4.       What type of research do you do for your characters? Language, culture, background beyond the sexual kink.  
        The world is flat now apparently and luckily that means it’s very easy for me to reach out to someone to help me with my research. I have a character who is half-Danish. Easy! I have a Danish friend on Twitter who answers all my questions for me about Denmark. Most everything is in my imagination, and then I dig until I find the reality to match my fantasy.
5.       How do you approach writing the manuscript from the conception of an idea?
I just start writing. I usually have a beginning, end, and vague idea of a middle before I start writing. Then I just glue my ass to the chair every night and pound out the words.
6.       What avenues need to be opened in writing and publishing erotica? Beyond the hype of Fifty Shades.
I think erotica is doing fine. My books have a lot of controversial content in them and I haven’t gotten any pushback from my agent or editor. Readers have been welcoming as well. If the book is well-written, you can get away with anything. I’d love to see more writers take on the taboo. Only by bringing these things out into to the open do we dispel the unnecessary shame we all feel for our totally healthy sexual fantasies and desires.
7.       You have a tremendous amount of information to share concerning writing in general and a specialty in erotica. You’ve opened doors for other authors to follow.  Are you considering teaching?
       I’d love to teach if I had the time. Writing takes talent, yes, but mostly it’s a craft and you can learn how to be a better writer by studying your craft. I’d teach in a heartbeat if I had the time.
8.       What experiences do you draw upon to access and to write such full-bodied complex characters? Especially someone like Søren.
        Søren’s a combination of one of my former Dominants (a six foot four blond sadist), plus college professors, and God. I gave him my love of theology and my sadistic streak. Creating a character is like solving a mystery for me. I investigate my character. I take what I know about them and then dig into their pasts. I know everything about my characters from birth. It helps me enrich them by giving them religious feelings, philosophies of life, personal preferences, pet peeves, bad habits, sexual fantasies, and childhood memories.

9.       How do you stoke your creative muse? OR What do you do to clear your mind and recharge?
      I don’t bother with muses. They are fickle lovers. I show up to my book at the same time every night. Then the magic happens. I don’t wait for the magic to happen first. The magic never happens until I start writing.
10.    What are your currently reading?

Literati Literature Post Inspired by Tiffany Reisz’s The Siren. Enjoy!

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, one tattoo, and has 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.
Twitter: @tiffanyreisz
Other interviews links for your readers:
RT Book Reviews Tiffany Reisz Talks Kink, BDSM And The Siren
Books à la Mode! A blog for modish books.
Literati Literature Lovers (Part 1 of Interview Sept. 20, 2012)
Literati Literature Lovers (Part 2 of Interview Sept. 20, 2012)
THE GIFT by Tiffany Reisz (Kindle Edition)
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