In honor of the day of the liberation of the saint, Tiffany Rise gave me an interview and let me ask you anything I want! The saint is part of the Original Sinners series and the first book in white years (a kind of prequel). The saint takes readers to a time when Nora Sutherlin was fifteen years old disobedient Eleanor, and how she first met Soren, and the beginning of their stormy (twisted) relationship, which lasted for twenty years.
KT: After you finished writing The Original Sinners series, did you then decide to write a series of prequels, the White Years Quartet, or did you always have a plan to write a quartet?
Tiffany: I always wanted to write them. Well, ever since I finished “Serena”. I knew more than anything that I wanted to tell the story of Nora and Søren’s meeting when she was fifteen years old and their early novel. A teenage girl and a Catholic priest in love – this book became the song of my siren (so to speak).
CT: Originally, the song “The Saint” was called “The Priest“, but it was changed. Why was the title changed, and why is the title “The Saint”?
Tiffany: I think it was a book distributor in Australia who refused to carry a book with that name. We had to change it quickly. The saint was chosen almost by accident. After I made the changes to the book, I found out how the name suddenly changed. Suddenly, a saint appeared in my book, which I had never planned. But he was there, and the title was perfect.
KT: The Original Sinners series and the White Years quartet are considered romantic, but not traditionally written novels. What genre do you think these are your books? Do you feel that it is romance or more erotic or erotic novel? Maybe it is a separate genre?
Romance is the heart of “Original Sins” books. An unconventional novel, but it is unconventional characters. But love is the same as any other love. Since these are eight books with the same characters having different romantic and erotic adventures, the best terminology that can be used is to call a soap opera series. Especially the Catholic Soap Opera series.
CT: Severin is very much like God, and you write him as a person who can’t do anything wrong. Is it hard to give him shortcomings? What kind of flaws does he have?
He is surprisingly arrogant and omniscient. Plus, Severin is a sadist, who often crosses the line with his lovers. He is also a priest who breaks his vows without shame or apology. Believe me, this man has many shortcomings. Shortcomings – it’s a funny thing to write. I love when he loses control, breaks his heart when his carefully controlled world challenges Kingsley and Nora.
CT: All your characters have very unique identities. Is any of your characters based on people’s real life, or are they all from your imagination?
Tiffany: They are all from my imagination. Little pieces of real people pave their way in books. Wes, for example, has many of the same qualities as my good friend and one of my former boyfriends who was a type 1 diabetic. I gave Nora my sense of humor, Severin my love of theology, Kingsley my cynicism. I used to date a hardcore sadist, so part of him went to Søren. But none of them is based on real people. I just steal pieces and pieces of real people to fill my characters with flesh.
KT: You write some taboo topics such as incest, hard S&M scenes, characters such as Nora and Kingsley, who have many sexual partners, and Søren, who is a priest with a BDSM addiction to pain and his long love affair with a woman half his age. Are you afraid to get a response from your readers? How do you deal with both praise and criticism? I believe you have received some interesting letters and emails from readers.
I sometimes get a bad feedback, but I have never encountered a response. Nobody forbade my books, did not attack me personally, did not threaten me, etc. A small shameful reaction is also not a bad thing. When people are ignited about a book, it can only help to learn about it. I receive interesting letters from readers. A lot of wonderful people from people who tell me about my books, helped them to recover from injury or to rediscover their faith in God or open their minds to new and different kinds of love and sex.
CT: Are there any sexual acts that you will never write and that you think are too disturbing? How will you know if you have gone too far?
I would never write a character who is being raped. My two male characters have had sexual assaults or assaults in the past, but I would never have made sexual assaults (real sexual assaults, not rough/consensual sex) a plot point. There will be no “very special episodes” when Nora is raped and recovered by the end of the book and again will be fine and dandy. Rape doesn’t work like this. It is a life-changing event, so I will only put it in someone’s background (Søren, for example). But you will never read it in my books about rape on the screen.
CT: You also write novels and stories. What do you like better – to write shorts or longer headlines, which eventually consist of more than 100,000 words?
Tiffany: They are both funny in different ways. Big books are when I go deeper into my characters and experiment with plot and structure. Novels are like a vacation.
CT: If you were stuck on a desert island, which character from any of your books would you want with you and why?
A. Kingsley: If you are stuck on a desert island, which character in any of your books would you want to be with you and why? He has military training. He could have saved my life.
CT: If I had a chance to spend the day with Nora, what fun things would we do together? Would it be open to share your BDSM lifestyle or introduce me to your friends including Griffin, Michael, Severin or Kingsley?
Tiffany: Nora is very fun to throw newcomers at the deep end. She would probably do the same thing to you as she did to Zack and would drag you by the ear into the 8Th Circle and let you watch the show.
KT: Nora starts a new intimate relationship in The Saint, which can lift some eyebrows (similar to what happened between Søren and Grace towards the end of The Mistress). Is this meant to be a shock, or do you have a concrete result that you think the readers can handle?
Tiffany: I never do anything for shock. I knew this new character would surprise people, but I don’t think it’s shocking at all. He is mentioned in “The Mistress” and people wanted to meet him. So voila! You will get to know him. And Nora does what Nora always does is the most naughty thing that is possible. And there is nothing shocking about it. Besides, our new friend serves a very important purpose. Nora is a changeling. She is submissive yes, but even more so she is the dominant. When she is looking for lovers, except Severin, they are the men and women she dominates (Michael, Sheridan, Lance). Obviously, she is a woman who often needs to be the dominant. This is what she is. This is her true identity. Finally, finally, she finds her ideal man to be submissive, whom she was destined to find.
CT: If you put yourself in your stories, what kind of character would you be? If you had a choice, with which character would you want to have an intimate relationship?
Tiffany: I would be a secondary character in books. Perhaps, the secretary of Severina. Or Kingsley. I just want to be close to them, see what they do, help where I can, and enjoy the show. I would not give up a night with any of them.
CT: Your next book, “The King” will be released later this year. Can you give us a little taste of what we should expect?
Tiffany: A little taste of “The King”? Well… if you insist.
“You are a priest. Jesuit priest. And I left the house for an hour and came back, and I have a girl on my sofa with an afterglow eating strawberries, claiming that my former lover, who is now a Catholic priest, caused her the biggest pain in life. I will never be able to leave my house again.
“From my personal experience you know that in the interests of the whole world I regularly beat someone. I talked to my confessor and he gave me permission to “deal” with this side of myself until I break any vows. So here we are.
“Well, so what? No, not there. We are not there yet. You are…” Kingsley pointed to Severin. “You’re in a good mood all the time.” And you say. And you… cute. Well, prettier.” The word “cute” comes out painfully. “You’ve changed.”
“It’s a girl, isn’t it? The Queen of the Virgin. I should have guessed it.”
Severin looked at him with suspicion. “Kingsley, you…”
“Give me a second.” Kingsley’s room. His mind was spinning. What happened under his own roof? He put his hand out in his jacket pocket and took out tobacco and paper.
“What are you doing?”
“I need a cigarette to calm my nerves. They are cracked.”
“You are not the Dowager Duchess. You shouldn’t have broken your nerves when you were 28,” Severin said. “And you shouldn’t have smoked either.”
“My house, my rules. It’s a smoking house. Everyone should smoke in my house. I will not quit smoking, and if you stay here, you should start smoking. Kingsley quickly rolled up a cigarette and licked a roll of paper to seal it.
“Then I will go back to the pastor’s house.”
Kingsley clicked the lighter, lit the cigarette, took a long look and looked at Søren.
“How can you hurt someone the most without touching them?”
Kingsley raised the cigarette to his lips again.
He heard a click and the cigarette stopped burning.
For a long time, he looked at the cigarette and then slowly turned his head towards Søren, who was holding a bull in his hand. By chance, Søren twisted it.
The cigarette lit up.
Cigarette no longer lit.
He was holding the spine in his hand, divided in half. He did not feel anything.
“More questions?” Søren asked with an arrogant eyebrow lift.
Kingsley pointed at the whip, pointed at his hand, pointed at Søren.
No more questions. Wrong. He had one more question.
“Can you teach me this?”
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Synopsis: At first there was him.
Shocking, green-eyed Eleanor never met a rule she didn’t want to break. She was tired of her mother’s fanaticism and restrictions of the Catholic school, and stated that she would never go to church again. But her first glimpse of the beautiful, magnetic father Serena Sterns and his lustful Italian motorcycle is an epiphany. Suddenly, the daily mass seems like a reward, and her punishment is the pain she feels when they are separated. He is smart and insightful, and it seems that he knows her deep down. Eleanor is absorbed, and even she knows that it can not be right.
But when one desperate mistake almost costs Eleanor everything, it is Severin who intervenes to save her. She swears to repay him with complete obedience. and the whole world will open before her when he reveals to her his innermost secrets.
Danger can be managed – painted, greeted. Everything is about to begin.
The 25th of November is coming… The King (Original Sinners: White Years #2).
Synopsis: Cunning. Sex. Pure nerve. Only this wicked trio can lift it to its rightful place, usually in the kingdom of Manhattan.
Jumping from bed to bed on the Upper East Side, Kingsley Edge is gorgeous, beautiful and totally depraved. No carnal act of chemical compound can ease his self-destructive heartbreak – the only person he loves infinitely and without regret. A man he can never have, but in whose hands Kingsley is reborn to reach even greater heights of sin.
Kingsley’s plan to open the best BDSM club – a dungeon playground for New York’s A-lists – becomes his obsession. His experience of dominance cannot conquer the only person who wants to stop him. The mysterious Reverend Fuller will not rest until the king’s dream is destroyed and therefore the battle lines are set; it is a sacred mission of one man against…
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