Author Interview: Tiffany Joissin

Tiffany Joissin

We’ll skip the “tell us about yourself” because coming up with something on the spot is, truly, the bane of an author’s existence. So, let’s start with something a little easier! Tell me what you’re working on at the moment.*

I am working on my second book right now. The second in a series.

In as much detail as you would like, tell me about your book(s) that are already out/on the way.*

So my first book takes place in the world of Ettrea where monsters reign. The first book follows my main character Sanaa. She wakes up after a thousand years and then is sent out to see the world change. She struggles a lot with reconciling the world that she knew with the world that she is seeing and it is a lot of fun to write her. Then we have August our hero and he is a demon. He is very cocky and reckless and he is a lot of fun to write. He loves to play around and fight but he has a hidden thoughtful side to him. Lastly we have Taira, and I am not going to spoil too much about her but she has a secret that she is trying to fix.

As far as the writing process goes—including such things as conception of idea all the way through to money in the bank—what is the least favourite bit? (Everyone has one!)*

I think my least favorite part of writing is editing. I hate going over my writing and trying to fix it. I usually think the first thing that I write is the best. The more that I look at my writing the more I begin to hate it. So that part of the process is something that I hate. I hate editing so much and I always miss something and then when I read over my work again I find it.

Conversely, what is the bit of the writing process that gets your writery brain grinning?*

I love the actual writing part of the project. I love putting words to paper and sitting in front of my computer and writing the story. It feels so good to write and get words out of my system. To be honest it feels more like a release than anything. I feel like I have words trapped in my body and then I get filled almost to capacity and writing lets me let those words out. I feels good to let the words flow out of me.

If you could steal any author’s ability to improve your own work, who would you steal from and why? (e.g. Tolkien’s language skills, Douglas Adams’ humour, etc.)*

I would steal Nicholas Sparks ability to write a romance. I love the way that he weaves words together and the tenderness that his romances are treated with. I want to write something like that and I really admire romance author’s ability to write couples coming together.

Now for some fun! The main character of the book you’re working on (or have recently finished) has kidnapped you for ruining their life. How will you explain that what you’re doing is for the best?

“I promise that at the end of this you will like the end result! You will be happy and at peace after all the pain and suffering I promise!”

You, your main character(s), and the protagonist of the last book you read are playing poker. What are the stakes? Who will win and why?

So the last book that I have read is Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor so Karou would be there. Karou, Sanaa, August, Taira and me all sitting at a table playing poker. We would probably be betting eternal servitude because the humans in the world of Ettrea have no rights. I think that August would win. He loves to play games and knows how to rib people and make them show their hand. He is really good at mind games (he learned from the best) and poker is just a mind game so I think that he would win without a doubt.

Let’s face it, writing is hard. What do you think are some traps to avoid in your particular area of expertise? (Whether that be your genre, your knowledge of plot, your character building, your world building, etc.)*

I think one trap is writing stereotypes instead of people. I always recommend that people write about people in their lives and personality traits that they see in everyday life. I love to people watch and see how they act in order to avoid this.

Anything else you’d like to add? Plots to take over the world, for example. Upcoming release dates, links and things, maybe even your favourite chocolate cake recipe.

I have the second book of Void coming out 2022! I am so excited for everyone to read it! I hope that everyone enjoys it.