Lexington author rides the wave of 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

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by Kelsey Starks

WHAS11.com

Posted on October 4, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 4 at 6:40 PM

(WHAS11) -- It is the book and the phenomenon that had everyone examining inside their own bedroom earlier this year.  "Fifty Shades of Grey" has created a popular new genre that is really taking off and a Lexington author has jumped in bed with it.

"I would consider my books erotic women's fiction or erotic thrillers," said author Tiffany Reisz. "They are full of secrets, plot twists and mind games... a lot of them that I'm pulling on the reader."

You could call Centre College graduate Tiffany Reisz the dominatrix of her readers. She's the author of "The Siren" and "The Angel," the first books in an eight-book series that got picked up by a publisher years before anyone had uttered the words "50 Shades."  And it was an uphill battle.

"We went to seven editors initially and got turned down by six," said Reisz.  "The rejections were polite, but it was very clear that this was not what they were looking for."

Harlequin picked up the first book in her series in 2010.  Once "Fifty Shades" took off, they ordered an eight book series for six figures.  And now those other editors are calling Tiffany to see what else she's got.

"They have told my agent that they are really kicking themselves.. that they turned us down two years ago," says Reisz.  "Every publisher now wants their erotic trilogy... what they can say is the next 50 Shades."
 
But don't call Tiffany the next E.L. James.  She says she didn't particularly like the writing in the book and in fact, some reviewers are calling 50 Shades "preschool" compared to 'The Siren,' which they're calling "grad school."

"The books are really different, other than being kinky," she says  "And my kink content is much more extreme than hers."

"My female is the dominatrix," she says. "She's a bit of a sadist. She's the tough, strong one that leaves men speechless."

It's 50 Shades...flipped. The main character is Mistress Nora.  Tiffany says it's Nora who her readers fall in love with, but its also who initially scared away editors.

"These editors were scared," she says.  "One male editor was particularly bothered by Nora and found her off-putting and scary."

So you've been warned.  It's "Fifty Shades" ... a little darker.

"I don't want readers thinking they are going to get another "Fifty Shades" and then being shocked or horrified," says Reisz. "I think they will be pleasantly surprised if they go in with an open mind."

Tiffany is currently working on the fourth book in her series, "Original Sinners." She says the next four books in the 8-book series will be a prequel to the current story.  There are already talks of a television series or movie based on her books.

Find out more about the author on her website: http://www.tiffanyreisz.com.

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