Here’s an author interview with [intlink id=”1006″ type=”post”]Tiffany Reisz[/intlink].
Find out what she had to say…
- How did you start writing erotica?
I started writing erotica while attending a conservative southern seminary. I had to do something to keep my sanity around all those “normal” people. I read some Jason Isaacs fan fiction online and decided that I could do better than that with my eyes closed. I wrote a couple of fan fiction pieces that got so popular they were being translated. I decided I should stop wasting my time, stop viewing writing as just a hobby or an outlet, and really give it a go. I wrote a novel inspired by the hotness of Jason Isaacs (my eternal muse), but I made him an original character. That novel is THE SIREN and it’s coming out in November 2011 from HQN Spice.
- What’s your favourite published work of yours and why?
Alas, I have only one published work of fiction out right now—SEVEN DAY LOAN, a Spice Brief. I love the story although I’d definitely go back and make some changes if I could. It’s a small prequel to THE SIREN and allows the read a little glimpse of the main character of THE SIREN before she grew up and became a force to be reckoned with.
- What erotic authors do you enjoy reading?
I’m a recovering English major from the snootiest liberal arts college in the south. I actually read very little erotica or romance. I tend to get frustrated by the unrealistic happily ever after endings with female characters who start out wild or interesting and ending up wanting nothing but marriage and kids. Yawn.
Best erotic book I’ve read recently, however, is a male/male romance by Scarlett Parrish from Loose-id—BY THE BOOK. Her main character Daniel Cross is worthy of a whole series of his own. Can’t stop reading that book.
And of course, I adore the great Anne Rice who did everything erotic first and did it best—male/male, kink, underage characters, religion plus sex, you name it. She’s my hero. There’s not a gutsier writer out there.
- Where do you draw your inspiration from?
I get ideas in the weirdest places. Recently I was taking a shower and singing along to Disney’s The Little Mermaid soundtrack. I got hit with an idea for a modern day erotic retelling of the story where the mermaid was a beautiful girl who worked in a mermaid-themed nightclub and her prince was Derek Prince, son of the deputy mayor and a rich lawyer. That story became The New York Mermaid, which sold two weeks ago to Harlequin Spice Briefs. People at my writing group laughed when I said that I was writing an erotic retelling of Disney’s Little Mermaid. They’re not laughing now.
- Do you have any unusual writing rituals?
I write better when I have a cat nearby. And when in heavy writing mode, I’ll set an online eggtimer and force myself to write for thirty straight minutes at a time without stopping for anything. I can easily write 2K in 30 minutes.
- Where’s your favourite place to write?
I love writing in my loft at my condo. I’ve got a skylight and cats around me.
- Who is your favourite character from one of your stories and why?
My favorite character is the main character of SEVEN DAY LOAN and THE SIREN Eleanor/Nora. She’s not exactly my alter-ego. I’d say she was my alter-id. She lives her life like a man—taking what she wants and making no excuses for being sexual and powerful. She also cracks me up. In THE SIREN, she’s trying to talk her staid editor into leaving a party with her. She tells him they should go as she’s “had pap smears more fun than this.” I love a ballsy woman who isn’t afraid to be funny or dirty.
- Do your nearest and dearest know what you do, and if so, what was their reaction when they found out?
I write erotica under my own name. Everybody knows what I write. Reactions include 1-indifference, 2-amusement, 3-support. So far no one’s been bitchy to me about it. I am what I am and make no apologies for it.
- What’s the best writing tip you’ve ever been given?
Writing is rewriting. Writers hate that. They don’t want to accept it. But it’s true. The first completed draft isn’t your book any more than a recipe is your meal. I wrote a 100,000 word fantasy novel in October/November. In March, I’ll rewrite it cover to cover with suggestions from my agent and my crit partners. I rewrote THE SIREN five complete times before I was satisfied with it. Editing is not adding make-up or even cosmetic surgery. It’s major surgery and if you don’t have the patience or guts to throw out every word in your book and start over, maybe you should think about a new career. I love my books which is why I’ll kill every tree to save the forest if I have to.
- Which author, erotic or otherwise would you love to meet and why?
Anne Rice—obviously I’ve got a hard-on for her. CRY TO HEAVEN is glorious. I never knew male-male love and lust could be so beautiful. BELINDA dares to ask if a sixteen year old girl and an adult man can have a beautiful, real, meaningful sexual relationship and love story ( answer, yes). INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE and THE WITCHING HOUR are the paradigmatic examples of atmosphere and ambience in fiction. And THE SLEEPING BEAUTY CHRONICLES are just fucking hot.
- What are you working on at the moment?
Right now I’m working on the sequel to THE SIREN (November 2011 from HQN Spice) entitled THE ANGEL (November 2012). I’m having a blast with the male/male romantic subplot in the THE ANGEL. My boys are taking over the story.
- What’s the biggest writing challenge you’ve ever taken on? Did you succeed?
My agent, the amazing and powerful Sara Megibow of The Nelson Literary Agency, originally rejected representing me and THE SIREN as the book wasn’t quite ready for the market. She gave me some suggestions and said she loved my writing style and the characters and would read it again if I made major changes. So I threw out the old draft and rewrote an entirely new draft in three weeks. Sent it back to her and bam, a few months later, book deal.
- What’s your biggest writing achievement? Why?
I have a male/male erotic short story on The Cock2Go gay porn website. Proudest. Moment. Ever.