Celeste Jones: Are you a full time or part time writer?
Rollin Hand: Part time. I still work a full time job as an IP attorney in private practice.[I think IP is intellectual property.]
Celeste Jones: What other responsibilities do you have to juggle along with writing? Children? Aging parents? Exercise? A disturbing number of pets? Critiquing for other writers?
Rollin Hand: I’m a musician and in several groups, so I have to work that in. My exercise regimen is important too. [I didn't know that! What instrument do you play?]
Celeste Jones: Do you have a set schedule for when you write? If so, what is it?
Rollin Hand: No. It’s weekends, early mornings and breaks at work.
Celeste Jones: Do you have particular productivity goals for each day or week or just go for it?
Rollin Hand: Go for it, mostly. But on weekends I set aside time specifically.
Celeste Jones: What is a typical day (if such a thing exists) like for you?
Rollin Hand: I get up early and check mail etc., then since I’m self employed, I go to my office on my schedule, usually 9-6, come home, exercise or go to a rehearsal, eat, read a bit and go to bed.
Celeste Jones: Do you work on more than one manuscript at a time?
Rollin Hand: Yes. I’ll be editing backlist stuff for publication, writing new stories and working on a novel all at the same time. My motto is---if the muse strikes, write.
Celeste Jones: Do you use any special writing programs like Write or Die?
Rollin Hand: no
Celeste Jones: What about promotion? Do you have particular time when you visit blogs or use other social media? How do you monitor your time?
Rollin Hand: That’s early morning. I check my blog, prepare blog entries, respond to email, comment on other blogs.
Celeste Jones: What about your blog? Do you have a set schedule or just blog when the mood strikes you?
Rollin Hand: I really try to update my blog every three days, four max. It’s a successful blog, getting 700-1500 hits a day, so it’s worth it.
Celeste Jones: What tips or pointers do you have to share to help others be more productive?
Rollin Hand:: There’s no magic. Just set aside a set period and do it. Procrastination is not an option.
Celeste Jones: What books are you working on now? What are your goals for 2014?
Rollin Hand: I want to finish publishing my backlist which will take some editing and rewriting. My most active project is a new novel to be published by Stormy Night, a medieval romance. I’m also writing some F/M short stories for a new collection.
Celeste Jones: Anything else you’d like to share?
Rollin Hand: For those of us who work full time it’s difficult. I would love to write full time. But I do have the luxury of being my own boss. Still, work demands come before my writing gig so I have to squeeze it in. The key is, don’t let projects gather dust. Every day do SOMETHING.
Me at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Rollin/e/B009ZJUH50
My blog: www.disciplinarytales.blogspot.com
Me on Facebook: www.facebook.com/Rollin.Hand.58
Upcoming are twin novelettes to be published in a single volume. First is “Willow Wood Estate”, a mainly F/F bit of spanking erotica about a country estate, its mysterious history, its imperious and beautiful owner, a young female employee, and an odd circle of women who come to visit. Next is “Madeline Smythe” the story of a college girl, her mentor and the man they enlist to help the coed with a dotty aunt who owns a country manor that she runs like a nineteenth century estate. Fans of Downton Abbey will like this one. Mostly M/F.