Jen: Today we are excited to welcome erotica author Tiffany Reisz to Romancing the Book. Tiffany, please share a short bio with us.
Tiffany: 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.
Jen: Please tell us about The Siren and where the idea came from.
Tiffany: I had this wild idea I’d write the world’s most erotic book that didn’t have any sex in it. Obviously for people who’ve read THE SIREN, that was an idea that didn’t make it to the final draft. But the original idea for the book was to have an erotica writer working with a super sexy editor. She seduces him with her words and all the sex is on paper or in his or her mind. Unfortunately (okay FORTUNATELY), my leading lady Nora has my kind of libido that she didn’t ends up having (or almost having) sex with four guys and one woman in the book. What can I say? The girl has needs.
Jen: You were a seminary student before turning to writing. Why make this transition? How hard has it been?
Tiffany: Other than the whole “Drop of out of grad school and get a real job” nightmare, the transition hasn’t been bad. I loved theology and philosophy and that’s what brought me to seminary. And when you read my books, you’ll see my love of philosophy and theology has wormed its way into my books. Søren Kierkegaard is a plot point in book two (The Angel)! Can erotica get any nerdier than that?
Jen: Who has influenced you in your writing?
Tiffany: (you have to “hear” the following paragraph in my exaggerated southern accent)
I’m a Kentucky girl and I’m Kentucky proud. And there ain’t no better storyteller in the whole damn world than Robert Penn Warren. I’ve probably read All the King’s Men five times and I learn something new about fiction writing every time I read it. People tell me my chapter endings leave them breathless with whiplash. I learned that little technique from Warren.
Jen: What’s next for you?
Tiffany: Bedtime. I hope I get plowed tonight.
Jen: Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?
Tiffany: What’s favorite work of erotic fiction? And be honest. No shame here! I love love love BELINDA by Anne Rice, which is an erotic romance between a 40-something man and a 16 year-old girl runaway.