Hello, hello, hello everyone! I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am about today’s chosen author for my Author’s Spot Series. If you’ve been around, you probably know I’ve picked the month of October to write about some of my favorite authors every Friday. In the past weeks, I’ve written about Rainbow Rowell (read here), J.M. Darhower (read here), and Megan Hart (read here).
To close off this edition of this series in the best way possible, I’m going to be fangirling about the incredible Tiffany Reisz. You may know I’m a fan of hers because, in the short life this blog has lived, I’ve written reviews for her books more than for any other author. I wrote about her extraordinary work in The Original Sinners Series: The Red Years (review here) and The White Years (review here), as well The Confessions, (review here) and The Bourbon Thief (review here).
Today, I’m going to quickly tell you about three of my other favorite stories from her. And the most exciting part? I have a little interview I did to her to share today. LET ME TAKE A MOMENT TO ABSORB THAT.
Let’s start with the reviews part first.
Misbehaving . This story introduces us to Beatriz, a popular sex blogger who’s very hands on when it comes to her research, if you know what I mean. Her latest assignment is to write a review for a sex position manual and the deadline falls on the week of her sister’s wedding. The catch is that she doesn’t have a plus one to help her. Enter Ben, a guest to the celebration, who also happens to be the one who got away. Misbehaving is a retelling of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, and it’s as hot as you’d expect a Tiffany Reisz’s story to be. Plus, the characters are smart and funny, also as expected. I had a lot of fun reading this, so I highly recommend it. (Goodreads review here.)
The Headmaster . I don’t know how much I can say about this book without spoiling anything. Let’s just say this one follows the story of Gwen Ashby and the enigmatic Edwin Yorke and their forbidden love story at the remote Marshall School. This book is on the darker side. There’s a little bit of mystery and a little bit of spookiness. As usual, the chemistry between the main characters is off the charts, which makes the sex scenes so interesting to read. I liked that this was something different from the other stories I’d read from her, but that I still got all the great quality of her writing. She just always brings it. (Goodreads review here.)
Her Halloween Treat (Men at Work 1) . Tiffany’s latest project is the Men at Work trilogy to end the year with a bang (or several) with stories set in the end-of-the-year holidays. For the first story, we have Joey Silvia, a successful woman who finds out her jackass boyfriend is married. He’s been lying to her for two years. Ouch. With her heart broken and her confidence shaken, she goes home to Oregon to attend her brother’s wedding, only to find herself lusting after her brother’s best friend, Chris Steffensen. Chris happens to be the perfect Halloween treat for Joey, but a little bit of history between them makes things escalate really quick. I loved, loved, loved this story. Chris and Joey were such a likeable couple and I was so happy with everything this story gave me. Then again, it is a Tiffany Reisz story. (Goodreads review here.)
Tiffany Reisz is probably my favorite author of all time, if all the gushing didn’t clue you in. I have never fell so completely in love with someone’s writing before. Everything she’s written, I’ve loved. She’s a dialogue master and a complete goddess when it comes to creating excellent characters. Her plots are never boring (and even if they were, her characters would make it work) and her intelligence is clear with everything she says or writes. A girl after my own heart.
Not only is she crazy talented, she’s also the sweetest person ever. She replied to my email in a matter of minutes.
Here’s what she said…
LT: So far this year, you’ve published:
-The Bourbon Thief
-Her Halloween Treat (from the Men at Work series)
-Something Nice (a very enjoyable gift to your subscribers)
-A daily chapter every weekday of September of Ian’s Dream Girl (prequel for One Hot December, also from the Men at Work series coming later this year)…
TR: You ARE missing something! HER NAUGHTY HOLIDAY which is book #2 in the MEN AT WORK series. It’s a trilogy – HER HALLOWEEN TREAT, HER NAUGHTY HOLIDAY, and ONE HOT DECEMBER. Oh, and I’ll write this year’s Original Sinners Christmas story as well!
I sleep very well, about eight hours a night. I just have a hamster on the wheel brain and that wheel is always spinning stories. Plus, I can type about 90 words per minute when I know what I’m doing, which sadly is not as often as I like. You learn to write novels pretty fast when you have a mortgage!
LT: One of the many things I love about your writing is that you always manage to bring attention to some of the issues society is facing today in a very organic way that doesn’t interrupt the flow of the story. Is that a conscious decision on your part? How does the things we see in the news every day affect your writing?
TR: I don’t write message books or even books with a message, hidden or otherwise. They’re just stories with characters who are very real to me. But I do reference what’s going on in the world because that creates verisimilitude. HER HALLOWEEN TREAT is a light and sexy romantic comedy but the heroine’s brother is gay and he was bullied in high school. I’m not dealing with a social issue by highlighting the bullying but simply adding backstory and depth to the heroine’s feelings for her brother and the hero who protected her brother in high school from those bullies. I don’t think a writer has to live out on a hill all alone to write. We can be normal, every-day sorts of people who listen to the news, vote, and engage with the world around us. But we do have to be able to step away and get lost in the world of fantasy. The real world always seeps in though, and I think it should.
LT: It’s safe to say that by now you’ve created a lot of characters that are not from The Original Sinners Series… Do you ever find yourself imagining them in some of the new scenarios you’ve written? (I imagine Nora and Kingsley would have a lot of fun with the guys from the Men at Work stories.)
TR: Nora would looooooooove Erick from HER NAUGHTY HOLIDAY. Erick’s such a dirty talker than he might even out dirty talk Nora.
LT: What can you tell us about the books that are coming out next year?
TR: THE RED is a book written by my Original Sinners leading lady Mistress Nora. She references it a couple of times in the series and a few months ago I woke up in the middle of the night and I HAD to write the book. The urge to write it was overwhelming. I wrote the 65,000 word rough draft in three weeks. It’s pure pornography. It was a BLAST to write. It’s about a young woman who owns a struggling art gallery and the very mysterious wealthy older man who offers to save the gallery from bankruptcy in exchange for her sexually submitting to him. I’m really not kidding about the porn.
THE NIGHT MARK, however, is one of the most special meaningful books I’ve ever written. It’s the story of a Faye who’s still grieving after the death of her baseball player husband four years later and can’t move on. She gets a job photographing the lighthouses of South Carolina. While wading in the ocean on a deserted Bride Island beach, she gets hit by a rogue wave and wakes up in 1921 in the home of the lighthouse keeper who looks, sounds, and kisses just like her dead husband. It was a joy to write and a heartbreak to write. I had just gotten married when I was writing the book and I cried every single time I wrote any scenes where Faye was thinking about or talking about her late husband. I think romance readers, historical readers, and women’s fiction readers will love the book. It’s a real beach read.
LT: And last but not least… is there a story (or several) you have in mind but have just not been able to write yet? What is it about?
TR: So many! I have a ninth Original Sinners book set in New Orleans I want to write. There’s a fantasy novel I want to write. I’d love to write a contemporary re-telling of the classic novel Daddy Long Legs, the story of an orphan girl who falls in love with the mysterious benefactor who is funding her education.
But don’t worry. I’m only 38. I think I’ll get to all the books eventually…
Okay, okay… let me take a moment to breathe. I’m so happy with everything Tiffany Reisz has in store for us. And I’m so thankful she answered these questions for me (and for you guys). I believe this is the perfect way to end this October’s edition of Author’s Spot, don’t you think?
Thanks for reading and I’ll see you next post, xo.