Interview with Tiffany Reisz

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Welcome back to Under the Covers, Tiffany! Now that you’ve wrapped up your Original Sinners series, you’ve changed genres a little bit with THE BOURBON THIEF. Can you please tell us what makes THE BOURBON THIEF different from what you’ve written before?

THE BOURBON THIEF is categorized as mainstream fiction although there’s never anything very mainstream about anything I write. The book is a mashup of suspense and thriller, mystery and romance. There’s even a marriage of convenience plot, but it’s not a romance and it’s not erotica. It’s a very Kentucky story. Scandal and bourbon, sex and revenge!


What inspired you to write this story?

After I wrote THE HEADMASTER, which is a Gothic romance, I felt a strong urge to write another Gothic book. I’d already written Kentucky books about horses. What’s more Kentucky than bourbon? So I had this idea for a book about a spoiled teenaged bourbon heiress and her quest for revenge after being betrayed by her family.


It’s very evident that a lot of work went into this book. What type of research did you have to do to write this book, if any at all?

I wrote THE BOURBON THIEF two years ago and spent most of one long summer reading everything I could about bourbon and Kentucky history. Plus I visited a lot of distilleries and always asked the tour guides to tell me fun stories. One tour guide mentioned that during Prohibition, only four of all of Kentucky’s bourbon distillieries were allowed to stay in operation. Why did they stay open? Because bourbon was being prescribed as “medicine.” Sure, right. Medicine.


Tell us a bit about Paris. She’s a fabulous character!

Paris is my storyteller in this book. She’s intimately connected to the story she’s telling but you don’t know how intimately until the end of the book. I loved Paris—she’s a sort of femme fatale but with a good heart. She has inherited both money and a very heavy burden of history which she carries with grace and determination.


What would you say was the biggest challenge you encountered while writing this book? How did you overcome it?

The book didn’t want to be written. Originally it was all in her hero’s POV. Then I rewrote it in the heroine’s POV. Then I rewrote it in both. I overthought it before I started writing it and I had to throw several drafts out to finally get it right. But that’s the job!


What’s next for Tiffany Reisz?

Three romance novels! I wrote a trilogy of Harlequin Blaze holiday books coming out this autumn. Read all about them right here!



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About Tiffany Reisz

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.

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).


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kathy valentine

great interview, lloved it!


Great interview! I can’t wait to read The Bourbon Thief!


Sounds good…medicinal bourbon 😉

Amy R

Thanks for the interview post, I have this book on my wishlist. I find it interesting that she wrote this 2 yrs ago and rewrote it numerous times.

Joanna M

On my TBR! And hey, Bourbon is medicinal… for the heart 😉