Celeste Jones: Of all the different genres you could write in, why did you choose spanking fiction? Have you written in other genres before?
Renee Rose: I originally thought I was going to be a straight romance writer. The trouble was, as a spanko, all the stories showed up in my head with spankings. Since they are no longer politically correct in the romance genre, I was just editing them out. I accidentally stumbled upon the sub-genre of spanking romance and I knew immediately that I'd found my niche.
Renee Rose: When I submitted my first novella to Blushing Books, there weren't enough spankings in it to make interesting to their audience. My editor was kind enough to work with me, suggesting that I amp up the spanking scenes by slowing them down and describing more, as well as adding a few more.
Another interesting challenge in spanking stories is deciding how the spankings figure in the plotting. If you follow the basic structure of the three decision points and a black moment, are the spankings the decision points, or are they just incidental (sub plot) material? I guess it's a challenge and a blessing, really, because it gives you more material to work with...
Celeste Jones: Your three books are historical romances. Did this require significant research?
Renee Rose: I read a lot of historical fiction, so I already have a pretty good feel for it. I always research the basics – buildings, clothing, food, and anything else I have questions about, but after that I don't worry too much. I know I'm not writing the Great American Novel here.
Celeste Jones: Do you have another book in the works? Can you tell us a bit about them?
Celeste Jones: What is your writing day like? Do you have a set schedule for writing?
Renee Rose: Set schedule-- har har. Very funny. I have two little kids, so I write in snippets and interruptions any time I can sneak it in.
Celeste Jones: Are you a pantser or a plotter?
Renee Rose: Somewhere in between. I am trying to get better as a plotter, because I'm a pantser by nature. Plotting is a skill I am definitely still working on.
Celeste Jones: Is Renee Rose a pen name? If so, who in your life knows about your career as a writer of spanking fiction? Do you find it challenging to keep that part of your life a secret?
Renee Rose: Renee Rose is a pen name. So far, only four friends and my husband know about my career. I had a technology gaff and Facebook started publishing Renee Rose's spanking fiction reviews from Goodreads on my personal account. I totally flipped out. I am not ready yet to go public!
Celeste Jones: Do you consider yourself a feminist? If so, how do you reconcile feminism and submission?
Renee Rose: I am definitely a feminist and I am still struggling to reconcile these two parts of myself. You could not possibly ever make me believe that a man knows more than a woman and therefore should be in charge. Yet...submission is really, truly hot to me and I understand how domestic discipline improves marriages. I am only just beginning to explore submission in my own bedroom, so maybe I'll come to some kind of peace about it eventually.
Celeste Jones: What tips or advice do you have for people who might be thinking about writing spanking fiction?
Renee Rose: My personal rule is to get myself off. I figure if I get off reading it, someone else will too.
Celeste Jones: What’s your guilty pleasure?
Renee Rose: Besides spanking? Metaphysics.
You can check out Renee's blog here.
Here Amazon author page here.
Read excerpts on PK's New Beginning's blog, Bright Bottom, here and Blushing Books.