si·ren /sīrən/ a seductively beautiful and charming woman, esp. one who beguiles men
Pretty sure Zach would approve of this edit…
si·ren /sīrən/ a seductively beautiful and charming woman, esp. one who beguiles men and women
Tiffany Reisz is, by definition, a siren. She’s a seductively beautiful and charming woman beguiling women like me with her brilliantly written series The Original Sinners.
The Siren (The Original Sinners #1)
Notorious Nora Sutherlin is famous for her delicious works of erotica, each one more popular with readers than the last. But her latest manuscript is different—more serious, more personal—and she’s sure it’ll be her breakout book…if it ever sees the light of day. Zachary Easton holds Nora’s fate in his well-manicured hands. The demanding British editor agrees to handle the book on one condition: he wants complete control. Nora must rewrite the entire novel to his exacting standards—in six weeks—or it’s no deal. Nora’s grueling writing sessions with Zach are draining…and shockingly arousing. And a dangerous former lover has her wondering which is more torturous—staying away from him…or returning to his bed? Nora thought she knew everything about being pushed to your limits. But in a world where passion is pain, nothing is ever that simple.
I want to keep this post as spoiler free as possible, so I won’t be going into a detailed review of each book. What I can tell you is that Tiffany Reisz has created a world that isn’t just erotic, it’s intense, thought-provoking, and wickedly playful. She doesn’t shy away from topics that may be considered taboo, but the characters wouldn’t be so “real” without the brutal/beautiful honesty. I can’t say enough about Tiffany’s words…words that breathe life into her deliciously complicated characters.
If you don’t already know, Tiffany is very open and inviting to her fans. She’s active on Twitter, makes appearances at conventions and book signings, and has even participated in Google hangouts (Last Call Brittany here and here)—discussing anything and everything, clearly comfortable in her own skin. She’s just so damn…well…cool. So while we weren’t surprised that she accepted our invitation to do a Q&A, we were honored.
Q&A WITH TIFFANY REISZ
F2F: What was the original plot bunny that started you on Nora’s journey? Or maybe it was Søren’s?
TR: The plot bunny was Zach actually. I was/am obsessed with English actor Jason Isaacs. He said in an interview that although he played villains all the time, he wanted to play a part more like he was in real life—neurotic, British, Jewish, etc. I created Zach Easton as a super sexy neurotic Jewish guy with a broken heart. Such a stuffy Brit needed a good foil, and Nora was born to drive him up the wall and into her bed.
F2F: Were you always planning on a series, or did it evolve into one after you were picked up by a publisher?
TR: I kept creating these minor characters in The Siren that I fell in love with—Kingsley, Michael, Griffin. I had to write more books just for them. (A/N: *dances* Let’s hear it for the boys!)
F2F: Speaking of getting published, how did you celebrate once you got the acceptance news?
TR: I danced on my desk at work in front of a large crowd of people. Fact.
F2F: Do you have your own “Zach” at the publishing company?
TR: I have a wonderful editor who is classy and beautiful. I have no idea why she puts up with me. But she doesn’t tear my books apart like Zach does to Nora.
F2F: Who chooses the book/series titles, and at what point in the writing process is that done?
TR: I choose the book titles and the series titles. I have a title before I write. Sometimes it changes but it’s always me who picks the titles.
F2F: Who designed the original covers, and are you involved in the creative process at all?
TR: I give ideas to my publisher for book covers. The Angel was my idea. Everything else they do. I love my covers. (A/N: They’re perfect.)
F2F: Is there any significance to the character names you chose?
TR: The names are incredibly significant. (A/N: So glad we asked this question. Fascinating stuff.)
- The main characters of The Siren are all named after the four cardinal directions to indicate the different directions Nora is being pulled. Nora Sutherlin—North/South; Wesley—West; Zachary Easton—East; Søren—South
- Also the two main “offices” of Jesus Christ are The Priest and The King. So I have a priest and a Kingsley.
- Nora’s real last name is Schreiber which is a German verb meaning “to write.”
F2F: What are the challenges (research, literary, psychological, logistical) of bringing The Original Sinners to life?
TR: My only challenge is making myself sit down and write. I’m kinky so I know how to write that part. Otherwise the only struggle is coming up with good fun mindgames and plot twists.
F2F: I have listened to The Siren, The Angel, The Prince, and Submit to Desire via audible.com. I’m so happy The Mistress will be available as an audiobook. Any news on The Mistress Files or other novellas being added?
TR: No news yet!
F2F: Are you involved in the audiobook process at all, such as choosing narrators?
TR: None whatsoever.
F2F: It was a big day for fans when you announced you would be writing The Original Sinners – The White Years Quartet, which will be prequels. When do you hope to have the first book available for readers? Any message from Father Søren you’d like to share with readers?
TR: I’m not sure when my publisher plans to release The Priest: A Romance. It’s up to them. I’m guessing February/March/April of 2014. No message from Søren. He’s too busy trying to keep Eleanor under control.
F2F: Is it easier writing forward for The Red Years or backwards for The White Years?
TF: The White Years prequels are an interesting challenge as I have to make sure I don’t mess up the continuity. Nora has lots of flashbacks in The Red Years books so I don’t want to write a scene that takes place when she’s 16 that I said happens when she’s 17. Otherwise the prequels are wonderfully fun to write.
F2F: Have you received any interest in your books being optioned for film or TV? *fingers crossed*
TR: Not that I know of. (A/N: Kingsley [Gaspard Ulliel] and Søren [Nikolaj Coster-Waldau] are not optional, so hold out for casting control if you get the call! lol)
TR: Whenever I get a chance to write them, I will.
F2F: Thank you so much for taking the time to do a Q&A with us!
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The advantage to coming in late to a series is that you can lose yourself in one book right after another and not have to wait to spend more time in a world you never want to leave. When I first started the series, I didn’t know there was going to be a fourth book. A huge cliffie at the end of The Prince left me waiting anxiously for The Mistress, the last installment of The Original Sinners – The Red Years Quartet. Well, the wait is almost over…
AVAILABLE JULY 30TH!
Synopsis and pre-ordering info here.
EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT ***SPOILER ALERT***
The Mistress (The Original Sinners #4)
Kingsley started toward the door to his office, but it opened before he got to it. A beautiful redheaded woman, her pale skin painted with freckles, swept into the office ahead of Griffin.
“Ma’am, you can’t barge in-” Griffin said and Kingsley raised his hand.
“Hello,” the woman said facing Kingsley.
“May I help you?”
“Yes, you can tell me what the Hell is going on. Where’s Nora?”
“I would tell you if I knew, Madame. Perhaps you could tell me who you are?”
“My name is Grace Easton, and I know that means nothing to you, but I’m friends with Nora. I tried to call her and got Wesley. He told me someone had taken her and…”
She continued speaking in her light and musical accent. While she spoke Kingsley walked over to one of his filing cabinets, opened it, and thumbed through his files. He pulled one out, walked back over to her, and let her finish her speech.
“…and I’m not leaving until someone tells me what’s going on. Or at least let me speak to Wesley. I know I seem like a madwoman showing up out of nowhere, and you have no idea who I am but I promise-”
“Grace Easton, neé Rowan, age thirty,” Kingsley said opening the file. “Irish mother. Welsh father. Fluent in Welsh, I see. I think that’s the one language le prêtre doesn’t speak. You’re much more beautiful now than you were back in school, and you were trés jolie back in your school days. No wonder Professor Easton deflowered you on his desk. Although had it been me, it would have been the desk, the floor, the wall, back on the desk but from behind…”
He pulled a photograph of a twenty-two year-old Grace Easton on her graduation day standing with her husband, Zachary Easton, and held it up to her.
She stared at it with wide turquoise eyes. “My God…Nora wasn’t exaggerating.”
Kingsley put the photograph back into the file. “Welcome to Hell, Mrs. Easton. Now if you wouldn’t mind, get out.”
MEET US AT THE 8TH CIRCLE
On Monday, July 29th, we’ll be posting our discussion with Tiffany about her author-approved role players on Twitter (@The8thCircleRP). We’ll also have a Q&A with two very special guests from The Angel!
We’ll be hosting two giveaways to celebrate the release of The Mistress.
- Autographed copy of a book of your choice from The Original Sinners – The Red Years Quartet donated by Tiffany
- Audiobook of your choice from The Original Sinners – The Red Years Quartet donated by the Chicks
So be sure and follow us on Twitter (here) and watch for details on how you can win!