21 Aug '12

BDSM Event Day 20 : "One man’s censorship is another man’s good editing" by Tiffany Reisz Plus a Giveaway

Posted in Events, Uncategorized / 56 Comments

Welcome to Day Twenty of the BDSM Appreciation Event here at Scorching Book Reviews. So far we still have the wonderful Kele Moon giving away her Eden series,the lovely Cari Silverwood giving away a bookJoely Sue Burkhart giving away her latest release, Eve Berlin giving away the first book in a wonderful seriesSherri Hayes giving away a copy of Need, there’s a giveaway on Eliza Gayles post, the marvelous Bridget Midway is also hosting a giveaway, an amazing giveaway from Lissa Matthews, a fab giveaway from the amazing Kim Dare, a femDom giveaway from Lucy Felthouse, A Lexi Blake giveaway, A Portia Da Costa Giveaway, a Kelly Jamieson Giveaway, a Cassandra Carr giveaway, a HC Brown giveaway and there is also a fabulous article by Reggie and kasi Alexander on the BDSM lifestyle. Just Click on the name in the above paragraph to play along. There is also an amazing excerpt (which I think may be exclusive…not sure) from Cherise Sinclair’s new book (Xavier…be still my beating heart)

Remember to use the Rafflecopter form or follow any additional instructions you will not be entered.


Today, I get to introduce a woman who got on my auto-buy list after one book. The Siren by Tiffany Reisz was a book that grabbed my attention and kept it. It isn’t a book for the faint of heart but it sure is compelling. The in-your-face storyline, lyrical writing and unapologetic look into the world of S&M makes this book a must-read for me and I will be reading the rest of the series. Oh, I’m posting the cover and blurb for The Siren at the end… I have no qualms in pimping this one….

Anyway, here’s what she has to say…

From the Mailbag – Tiffany Reisz, author of THE ORIGINAL SINNERS series, answers a hard question from a sexy reader…

Utterly at a loss for what to talk about here on the Scorching Revs site, I turned in desperation to my Twitter followers and asked, “Anybody got a question for me about THE SIREN or writing? I need a blog post topic.” Someone wrote back, “Do reader expectations/anticipated reactions affect your writing-e.g., do you censor content?” We have a winner!

It’s a great question, which means nothing to people who have never read my work before. Let me give you a little laundry list of topics/elements you’ll find in my book series THE ORIGINAL SINNERS (book one THE SIREN).

•          Sado-masochism of the real, painful, hardcore variety (bloodplay, edgeplay, etc)

•          Sex with multiple partners

•          Female dominants

•          Sadists who also happen to be members of the clergy

•          Sex between adults and teenagers (not necessarily of legal age)

•          Suicide

•          Murder

•          Rape

•          Abortion

•          Incest

•          Kidnapping

•          Child abuse

NOW…let me clarify that not all of these topics are glorified or shown in explicit detail. A character might admit he or she was raped in the past. Another character might have been abused and this causes issues for him or her. Just because these things appear in my books doesn’t mean I’m condoning them. On the other hand, I do have a romance between a 29 year old and a 17 year old. I have a hero who is a hardcore sadist and a man of the cloth. I have a heroine who works as a Dominatrix and gets paid a lot of money to be very vicious to rich and powerful men and women. So clearly I do romanticize things other people find unacceptable in romance novels. Do I censor content asked my Twitter follower? The answer — yes and no.

One man’s censorship is another man’s good editing. Have I ever toned down the content of a scene? Once or twice maybe. But only because I wanted to make sure the scene matched the characterization. Conversely I’ve gone back and added heavier elements to a story or scene because I needed it for authenticity. I don’t worry about reader reactions because I know for every one reader who says, “horrible…shocking…I can’t read something like this…” I’ll have ten readers who say, “Thank you for writing my fantasy. Thank you for writing my life. Thank you for having this character who I identify with and yet I never seen in stories.” I would never want to write a book that everyone will love. The books I most love are books that have been banned and vilified. Belinda (romance between a 16 year old girl and a 40 year-old man) and The Sleeping Beauty Chronicles (non consensual sex and hardcore BDSM) by Anne Rice. Lolita (underage sex) by Vladmir Nabokov. Fight Club (violence and anarchy) by Chuck Palahniuk.

Plus…why would I censor myself when I’ve had conversations like this?

“Tiffany, should I read your story SEVEN DAY LOAN?”

“It’s got fisting in it.”

“SOLD!” 

_________________________________
Tiffany Reisz lives in Lexington, Kentucky with her boyfriend (a reformed book reviewer) and two cats (one good, one evil). 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 BDSM erotica 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. Her first full-length novel THE SIREN was inspired by a desire to tie up actor Jason Isaacs (on paper). She hopes someday life will imitate art (in bed).


If she couldn’t write, she would die.


Tiffany can be found at http://www.tiffanyreisz.com/
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.

Nix

56 Responses to “BDSM Event Day 20 : "One man’s censorship is another man’s good editing" by Tiffany Reisz Plus a Giveaway”

  1. I'm only about 3/4 of the way through The Siren and I love it! I already have my copy loaned out. My selling point for this book isn't the BDSM, but the relationships. Two people can love each other but be unable to stay together. Life is messy and so is this book (but in a REALLY good way)! Also, I'm loving the covers!

  2. I have seen a lot of posts on The Siren and I must admit that it is now on my next to but list. Thanks for the interview, looking forward to reading the book.

    rachaelmccully at yahoo dot com

  3. I loved The Siren and loved Seven Day Loan. Tiffany is an amazing author that writes compelling stories and characters. I can't wait to read The Angel 🙂

  4. I'm reading The Siren. I'm only like 78 pages in but so far incredible. Her sarcasm rocks. I haven't read any of the prequel stories but I plan on it. Thank you for the giveaway!

  5. The question was: "do you censor content?”

    My answer to that one would be:
    "I should hope not. Please, Ms Reisz, do not EVER write what we want to read. We don't now what we want to read until you write it."

    AnnaLund

  6. No secret that I think Tiffany's stories are erotic classics on par with Rice and Nin. And I think her answer to this question demonstrates some of why that is true. The content that might be objected to (by some) serves the characters and the story. The Siren, for example, is a very human story – it's just not one that is told often or typically told well. Tiffany makes it profound and

  7. Honestly I'm curious about this books.cos I never read book like this. I hope I have a chance to win this awesome giveaway..(truly curious 🙂 )

  8. I've been stalking the countdown to The Angel, as if time could move faster. I haven't been this excited and obsessed about a book series in quite some time

  9. The Siren sounds like a great read, I have seen this book around a lot lately and really want to read it. Thx for giveaway.

    blinkysthebest at aol dot com

  10. THE SIREN has been on my TBR list for a while and I love that it, among other rising stars in the genre, sparks so much controversy. This is a wonderful opportunity to try and get it into my grabby little hands– so, thanks SBR for hosting the giveaway (no matter who wins *g*).

  11. Thanks for sharing with us, I think that you need to be true to yourself. You shouldn't "censor"yourself to make others happy, Carin
    mawmom at gmail dot com

  12. I've read so many mixed reviews for this book. But, for my own curiosity I'm looking forward to reading it.Such buzz for this book.

    • Cara! Just two minor paperwork errors for traffic violations. Boring! But it does make me sound tough! Both were dismissed. 😉

      Tiff!

  13. I would love to win a signed copy of the Siren. Fingers and legs crossed…..well fingers anyway.

  14. I loved Tiffany Reisz's The Siren. Each of the characters of this amazing book have crept into my heart and I wait with baited breath for the next prequel, sequel, bedtime story or novella to come out. TR has quickly risen to the top of my most cherished authors.

  15. I just love that there are so many wonderfully talented authors from my home state Kentucky! Since starting to follow blogs I have found out that are some truely amazing authors from this state 🙂

  16. I’ve heard so many great things about this book. Can’t wait to read it. I think it’s great for an author to be willing to go into the sometimes ‘dark” areas that people are not always comfortable with!
    modularmates(at)comcast(dot)net

  17. Tiffany has stated in no uncertain terms that I should read this book. 😀 OF course, I have to be a willing participant. My safety word is "More Hot Wax Please"…er…"Pineapple". 😀

  18. I loved The Siren: the witty dialogue, the fascinating characters, and of course, the action! I have been lucky enough to read The Angel and it is possibly even better. I like that you are writing the way you want to Tiffany, and not worrying about the reaction. That's just how it should be.

  19. I read The Siren and I must say, it was amazing. I loved everything about the book. The characters, the drama, the sex and SOREN LOL.

  20. Thank You sooooo much Nix for introducing me to Tiffany Reisz, I don't know how this Amazing Author slipped past me, without me finding her & her Scorchin’,
    Hot, Decadently Sinful 'ORIGINAL SINNERS Series'.

    I would very much appreciate the opportunity to be considered in your very generous giveaway of a SIGNED copy of "The Siren".

    Take Care &

Leave a Reply

(will not be published)