An Evening With Tiffany Reisz
Today’s Brew: Marylou’s Creamy Chocolate Coconut.
Before you get too excited– no, we were not at the 8th Circle (although this would be a much more interesting blog post if we were). Tiffany came to area for the New England Chapter Romance Writers of America conference. The night before the conference started, she did a book signing and reading at River Run Bookstore in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A chance to hear about my favorite new series from the person who wrote it and check out and support an independent bookstore? Sold. Julie and hit the road.
I first discovered Tiffany’s books through my agent. Of course she has fabulous taste in books! If you’re a fan of erotica, check The Original Sinners series. If you’re a writer and you haven’t discovered these yet, read them. Tiffany’s created a complete world with characters so believable, you forget you aren’t reading about real people. Tiffany does all of her own research, and she’s not afraid to show the good, the bad, and the ugly in BDSM. Because she’s very open about what she writes and the authenticity of her subject matter, she feels that it would be dishonest to write under a pen name. You can ask Tiffany anything. In fact, she encourages it.
The first Sinner Tiffany created was Zach. This shocked me. I would have bet money that Nora was the character who inspired this series. Tiffany is proud that even though Nora is a proud connoisseur of men, women, and any sort of sex you can come up with, no one thinks of her as a slut. I think that is a testament to the strength of Nora’s character. Her sexuality is so much a part of who she is, you don’t question it. Many of her characters are based on people that’s she’s met in her life. Wesley is real. Michael is real. Even Soren is inspired by people in her past. (Julie thinks Tiffany’s next project after The Sinners is complete should be an autobiography). It should probably come as no surprise to readers of the series that Tiffany’s favorite Sinner besides Nora is Soren.
As this was a reader event, (we even got a sneak peak reading from The Mistress), Tiffany didn’t share any writing advice. You’ll have to stay tuned for my post about the NECRWA conference for that.