Interview: Tiffany Reisz + Giveaway

Filed in featured , Giveaways , Interview , The Danger Lover , Tiffany Reisz Posted on August 2, 2012 @ 7:00 am 20 comments

Please join us in welcoming Tiffany Reisz to BLI today! Tiffany is here as part of her blog tour celebrating the release of her book The Siren, which is receiving high praise from reviewers far and wide.

About Tiffany:

Tiffany Reisz lives in Lexington, Kentucky with her boyfriend (a reformed book reviewer) and two cats – one bad and one sad. 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 erotic women’s fiction under her real name. She has five piercings, one tattoo, and has 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.

If she couldn’t write, she would die.

“Tiffany Reisz is a smart, artful, and masterful new voice in erotic fiction! An erotica star on the rise!”Award-winning author Lacey Alexander

Lea: Tiffany! Welcome to Book Lovers, we are delighted to have you join us here today! 🙂

The Siren is receiving rave reviews across the blogosphere. Congratulations! BTW, I hope you aren’t under arrest right now because we’ve been looking forward to your visit. 😉 I know you’ve likely been asked this many times but my curiosity won out. How did you end up attending a conservative southern seminary and what lead you to drop out to write erotic fiction?

Tiffany: I think it’s hard for people to imagine that someone can love God and love sex. For me it’s entirely natural. God invented sex after all. I love theology and philosophy. I’m a mystic by nature. Sacred mysteries seem far more reasonable to me than trying to explain everything away. Sex is a sacred mystery – two people becoming one – not unlike the unity of the three persons of the Trinity. See? Now you’ve got me in seminary mode again.

Lea: I’ve seen The Siren described as a romance but not really a romance. Why would the novel provoke that description from readers?

Tiffany: The book is romantic and deals with love and relationships but it doesn’t follow the romance formula at all. You have a hero and heroine…and another hero and another hero and another heroine. And it has multiple sequels so while THE SIREN comes to an ending, it’s a very open ending. I simply do not write romance novels. They aren’t my gig. I write characters who are too weird, too damaged, too complicated to have all their problems solved simply by falling in love. And anyone who has ever fallen in love knows that that’s often the beginning of the story, not The End. My stories go where romance novels fear to tread.

The Siren by Tiffany Reisz

Length: 432 Pages
Genre: Erotic Romance, BDSM
Release Date: July 24, 2012
Publisher: Mira
Formats Available: Paperback, Kindle, Nook
Purchasing Info: Authorʼs Website | Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Book Depository US | IndieBound | Kindle | Nook.


The Siren is a modern-day retelling of My Fair Lady with uptight English literary fiction editor Zachary Easton as an unwilling Professor Higgins and well-known wild child Nora Sutherlin as his erotica-writing Eliza Doolittle. Zach only has six weeks left at Royal House New York before he heads to Los Angeles to take over as Chief Managing Editor at Royal West. When his boss orders him to help Nora Sutherlin rewrite her latest novel, Zach agrees to work with her only if he is given complete control over the fate of her book. If Nora doesn’t rewrite it to his satisfaction in six weeks, Royal won’t publish it.

Zach calls Nora a “guttersnipe writer” but she’s not your typical guttersnipe. Her personal life is as torrid as her prose and unbeknownst to Zach, her books aren’t her only source of income. Nora is determined to prove Zach wrong, to prove she’s a real writer worthy of his respect. But her good intentions are complicated by her volatile relationship with her virginal nineteen-year-old roommate Wesley and her inability to completely leave her dangerous former lover Søren in the past. Desperate to win Zach’s good opinion of her, Nora keeps her “other job” a secret from him fearing that if he finds out she’s the Underground’s most famous dominatrix he won’t be able to see her as anything other than a sex worker.

The clock is ticking. Nora has six weeks and five hundred pages to rewrite. Will she be able to keep her focus and prove she’s a professional writer? Or will she pick the business of pleasure over the business of writing? As the work on her book progresses, Zach and Nora forge a tenuous truce that turns into friendship and intense attraction. Still grieving his broken marriage, Zach is slow to trust Nora. When he discovers the secrets she’s been keeping from him, will Zach be able to forgive her and sign her contract? Or will he send her back to the gutter where he found her?

Lea: The Siren sounds unique, complex and dark. What was the impetus for Nora Sutherlin and Zach’s story?

Jason Isaacs. Picture courtesy of

Tiffany: I had a ladyboner for Jason Isaacs, the British actor, back in my seminary days. I had this mental image of him shirtless and blindfolded with his hands tied behind his back. Didn’t know how he got that way but I wanted to find out. So the characters of Zach and Nora started to coalesce. Zach, like Jason Isaacs, would be British, Jewish, very well-educated and erudite. Nora needed to be the kind of woman who would tie up a man and blindfold him. Who else but a Dominatrix? A stuffy British guy probably wouldn’t come across a Dominatrix in everyday life, right? Well, not unless he was a book editor and this Dominatrix also wrote erotica. Suddenly I was writing a modern erotic version of My Fair Lady with a Professor Henry Higgins type trying to get this wild guttersnipe writer to straighten up. Sexiness ensued!

Lea: Are there any authors whose work erotic BDSM themed and otherwise you particularly admire and have perhaps provided inspiration for your stories?

Tiffany: My inspirations are the classics – The Story of O by Pauline Reage and The Sleeping Beauty Chronicles by Anne Rice. Since I’m writing in the tradition of the classics, my books are a bit more hardcore than readers are used to. One reviewer said THE SIREN was the first BDSM book she’s read that focused on the SM (sado-masochism) and not the BD (bondage and domination). A lot of BDSM writers shy away from letting their heroes be into sadism. Dominance is fine. Sadism crosses that blurry line for a lot of readers and writers. Some of the most interesting and chivalrous men I’ve ever known have been sexual sadists who express their desires though pain-play; it’s very natural for me to write heavy pain like that you read of in The Story of O or in other classic works of BDSM erotica.

Lea: Is The Siren the first BDSM themed erotic story you’ve written?

Tiffany: THE SIREN is the first full-length novel in my BDSM world of The Original Sinners. But I was writing kinky stuff even as young as fourteen. I might not have understood BDSM or kink as a world or a philosophy. I just naturally found myself writing incredibly dominant/borderline violent men and the women who loved them and were as dominant and bloodthirsty as they were.

Lea: The blurb gives us an overview of The Siren but could you please share a short excerpt from your book?

“You do realize that working with you could be very bad for my career,” Zach said. “I do literary fiction, not—”

“Literary friction?”

“I can’t believe I’m doing this.” Zach shook his head.

Nora leaned in close to him. He was suddenly and uncomfortably aware of the long bare cure of her neck. She smelled of hothouse flowers in bloom.

“I can.”

Lea: Okay, one of our standard BLI Questions: Please summarize The Siren for us twitterstyle (in 140 characters or less).
Tiffany: It wasn’t easy and I had to use the hell of out ampersands but here we go…

SIREN is the 1st in a series of BDSM novels featuring a quirky & beautiful Dominatrix, her various lovers & her wealthy & powerful clients.

Lea: What can readers expect next from the desk of Tiffany Reisz?

Lea: I have a desk? Where? Once I find this desk, I’ll tell you what’s on it. But I will say THE SIREN has two sequels coming out this year featuring Nora and her men. THE SIREN (book one) is the beating. THE ANGEL (book two) is the aftercare.

Lea: Tiffany, thank you again for joining us today, it’s been wonderful to chat with you. 🙂

Tiffany: Do I get a cookie? I was promised cookies.

Where to find Tiffany:



We have 2 copies of THE SIREN up for grabs. *Please read the following carefully*!

Little Bird Publicity has generously offered a print of The Siren to one lucky commenter from the USA! 🙂

Book Lovers Inc. is offering a copy in any format to one International Entry! *Please Note if a print copy is requested it must be to a country on The Book Depository’s delivery list.

All you have to do is leave a meaningful comment about Tiffany’s interview or a question for her!
(You can read our full giveaway policy here)

Please leave us a way to contact you.
(Email in blogger profile or twitter name – no way to contact you – no entry).

Giveaway ends on Saturday, August 11, 2012; and we will announce the winner on Sunday.

Good luck!

About Lea

Lea is an animal loving, tree hugging vegetarian who lives in Toronto, Canada with her family, which includes three dogs. She is a prolific reader and has been blogging and reviewing since 2008. Lea is a contributor at the USA Today HEA Blog and an active member at Goodreads.

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  • Andie Wardlow August 2, 2012 at 8:42 am

    I keep hearing alot of good things about this book…can’t wait to check it out! Thanks for the great interview….Tiffany deserves lots of cookies!

  • Laurie August 2, 2012 at 9:25 am

    The more I see of this book and Tiffany, I really look forward to reading these! I love that she doesn’t tie it all up in a neat bow at the end because real life isn’t like that. Plus I love that Nora is a domme, not many books focus on that. Thanks for the chance!

  • Annie August 2, 2012 at 9:31 am

    I haven’t read the Story of O yet, but reading the blurb of it sounds very interesting. I tried reading the Anne Rice books and didn’t enjoy them as much. I just wasn’t into the humiliation part of it! Thanks for the interview!

  • Mina August 2, 2012 at 10:12 am

    I met Nora in a shorter read & loved her, can’t wait to read more about her & her many men.

  • Michele H August 2, 2012 at 11:54 am

    Loved the interview! She seems very funny and charming. (Did the poor girl finally get that cookie? 🙂 It’s always interesting to hear authors explain how they started writing in their chosen genre. Can’t wait to read this book!!

  • Maria pronounced Mariah August 2, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    I have seen this book and Tiffany on several blogs now and the more I do the more I want to read this book. It sounds so untraditional. Which to me is great. I like that we aren’t going to get the same thing with just a few things switched up. Ha I said switch…I also like that Nora is a switch. There aren’t that many great books out there with switches.

    Thanks so much!
    mmafsmith at gmail dot com

  • blodeuedd August 2, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    I never thought about that many bdsm books actually are more bd than sm. But then I have not read many. But this one I want to since everyone is loving it

  • elaing8 August 2, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    I keep hearing so much about this book.It sounds really good.Have it on the TBR list.Great interview.

  • Estella August 2, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    I think I’m gonna love this series!

  • June August 2, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    Every review that I have read about THE SIREN has been great. I am very eager to read this. I love reading BDSM books, but have not read a lot about the S & M portion of it. I am interested in the book though, very much.
    Thanks so much for the great chances for this book.
    manning_J2004 at yahoo dot com

  • Na S. August 3, 2012 at 2:11 am

    I’m so excited at the chance to read The Siren! It sounds different from my usual read, and in a great way. I like the unpredictable and reading out of my comfort zone because it means finding new stories. As I’m currently in a reading slump a book that is different for me may be just what I need.

    • Na S. August 3, 2012 at 2:12 am

      P.S. I forgot to add I’m an INT entry.

  • sienny August 3, 2012 at 9:19 am

    it’s been a while since i first know this book and wanted to read it ever since.

    • sienny August 3, 2012 at 9:19 am

      sorry.. i forgot.. i’m international 🙂

  • erinf1 August 3, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    thanks for a great post and giveaway! I’ve had the Siren on my Wishlist for a while now and I’m dying to read it now 🙂

    USA – erin f

  • Victoria Zumbrum August 3, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    I can’t wait to read this book. It sounds very good. Please enter me in contest.

  • bn100 August 4, 2012 at 3:43 am

    Very nice interview and inspiration for the book.

  • Jen B. August 4, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    I love Jason Isaacs. I will keep him in mind as I read the book. It is next up on my Kindle. Thanks for the giveaway. USA jepebATverizonDOTnet

  • Lisa Borbeck August 4, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    It must be wonderful being able to take the story from your head and putting it on to paper. I look forward to adding this to my TBR pile 🙂

  • Ren August 8, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Hi, Tiffany! Actually I’m fans of yours. I just read your 2 short story, Immersed in Pleasure and Seven Day Loan.Even its short, I love your writing and your way with words. BDSM is not my thing even I love reading erotica. But if you are the writer, I think I can read it 😉

    I’m international

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