Author Interview & GIVEAWAY! Meet Tiffany Reisz!

Good morning fellow book lovers! Today, one of my all time favorite authors (seriously if you don't know who she is, you need to find out) is here hanging out to answer some of my questions. At the end of the interview, you'll be able to enter to win a pretty sweet prize! 

Are you guys ready? Are you excited? Good! Then say hello to TIFFANY REISZ!! 

Tiffany Reisz is the author of the highly acclaimed series The Original Sinners. Her first novel, The Siren, won the RT Book Reviews 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 Lexington, Kentucky with her husband, author Andrew Shaffer, and two cats. Find her on Twitter @tiffanyreisz.

1. Are you writing anything new right now? If so, can you tell us a little bit about it? I am! I’m always writing something. I’m sticking to the old writer adage that says you shouldn’t talk about the book you’re writing otherwise you’ll lose it. But I will say it’s a bit Southern Gothic like The Bourbon Thief but spookier! I’ve even scared myself once already writing it.

2. Do you work with an outline, or just write? Most writers fall into the category of plotter (someone who plans ahead and outlines) versus pantsers (writers who just write and see where the story takes them.) I was on a panel at a conference with the brilliant Brenda Jackson and she accidentally said she was a “prankster” when she meant to say she was a pantser. I’m stealing that from her. I’m a prankster. I try to come up with a good twist to every book, a sort of prank to pull on readers. So usually I know the twist in advance but everything else is up in the air. 

3. Has being published changed your life in any way? Or changed how you feel about writing in general? Being published has changed everything and yet everything is still the same. Being published paid off my enormous student loan debt and helped me meet my husband, author Andrew Shaffer. But otherwise, I’m still the same introverted goofy bookworm I always was. 

4. A lot of people know you from The Original Sinners series, so my question is .... is there anything you would like to share with us about that series? Where you got the inspiration for it? Which character is your favorite? How long the entire process took from concept to publication? What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why (without giving too much away)? I can never pick a favorite Original Sinners character. It’s really whichever one of them I’m writing that day. Here’s a fun fact I shared on Instagram recently. The reunion scene between Søren and Kingsley, the one that takes place in book #6, The King, with Søren playing the piano in Kingsley’s music room in the dark…I actually wrote that years earlier as I was writing book #2, The Angel. That scene came to me out of nowhere and I wrote it down before I lost it. Then I kept it for years until I had a book I could put the scene into. That reunion scene is one my favorites I’ve ever written. The King has a lot of my favorite scenes in it, probably because Kingsley’s such a sexy hot mess and I love writing sexy hot messes. Other favorite scenes include everything scene where teenaged Nora gets sassy with Søren in The Saint. Also the first time Nora tops Kingsley in The Virgin. Whew. That was a hot one. 

5. Are there any authors that you look up to? Do you feel that they help you become a better writer? I have many writer heroes. I love Anthony Trollope. He was prolific and he wrote wonderful gentle sensitive portraits of Victorian women. He clearly liked women much more than he liked men. I adore Anne Rice’s older stuff and it’s been a huge honor to have The Red compared favorably to Rice’s Sleeping Beauty books, which are my favorite erotic books EVER. My favorite romance writer is Mary Balogh. She writes the most tender romances that gut me. 

6. What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex? I love writing male characters and in the male POV. I don’t find it terribly difficult. It is a challenge to make sure you make your male characters sound like real men and not a fantasy version of men like I read in a lot of books. Luckily I have lots and lots of wonderful men in my life, friends and family, that inspire me. 

7. How do you select the names of your characters? Usually I dig through lists and lists and lists of names until I see one that jumps out at me. In The Red, Malcolm is a good strong sturdy English name that’s a bit old-fashioned which befits his character. And Mona, our heroine, runs an art gallery and her mother named her after Mona Lisa. 

8. Is there anything else that you would like to say to your readers and fans? Thanks for reading my naughty books!

There you have it guys & dolls! I hope you enjoyed my interview with Tiffany (and maybe learned something new about this amazing author). And now..... let's talk the giveaway! Tiffany has been gracious enough to allow me to give away a pretty sweet prize - and it's easy to enter! 



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