Monday, January 20, 2014

We Can Do It! Renee Rose On Productivity and Hot Air Balloons

I've often teased Renee Rose about having extra hands to keep up with all the books she produces...high quality books, at that. Let's see if I'm right, or if she has another method for Getting It Done!

Celeste Jones: Are you a full time or part time writer?

Renee Rose: I consider myself a full time writer, but I have some other jobs

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?

Renee Rose:  I have two children and I'm active in their schools-- PTA president of my daughter's school and dance teacher at my son's preschool.  I also have a Feldenkrais(R) practice, seeing about 5-6 clients a week. I teach dance twice a week in the evenings and I run the reservations and brunches for my husband's hot air balloon business. 
[How did I NOT know about the hot air balloon business and will this feature in a book at some point?]

Celeste Jones: Do you have a set schedule for when you write? If so, what is it?

Renee Rose: No. Just whenever I can get a chance (waiting at my daughter's piano lesson, etc).

Celeste Jones: Do you have particular productivity goals for each day or week or just go for it?

Renee Rose:  I used to go with 1K per day goal, but the last couple of months I've had to ramp it up. Using Write or Die, I discovered I could do 3K in no less time than I used to do 1K.

Celeste Jones: What is a typical day (if such a thing exists) like for you?

Renee Rose:  Take the kids to school, see 1-2 clients, try to write before it's time to pick up the kids.  Supervise homework, snack, etc and make dinner.  Write after dinner and after the kids go to bed.

Celeste Jones:  Do you work on more than one manuscript at a time?

Renee Rose:  Yes. Usually two or three.

Celeste Jones: Do you use any special writing programs like Write or Die?

Renee Rose: I just discovered Write or Die thanks to Anastasia Vitsky.  It's really helped me realize how much I used to bounce from my manuscript to Facebook, to email, just to distract myself.  If I'm using Write or Die, I stay on task and get the words out.

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?

Renee Rose:  I really, truly wish I could say I monitored my time.  I would love to do an hour in the morning and an hour in the evening, but instead my A.D.D. brain hops all over the place.

Celeste Jones: What about your blog? Do you have a set schedule  or just blog when the mood strikes you?

Renee Rose:  Again, I wish I were the sort of person who could stick to a schedule.  It just doesn't happen for me.

Celeste Jones: What tips or pointers do you have to share to help others be more productive?

Renee Rose:  I really suggest trying a software like Write or Die just to prove to yourself you can write faster than you thought. It also helps keep the internal editor at bay, although that may mean more editing afterward!

Celeste Jones: What books are you working on now? What are your goals for 2014?

Renee Rose:  I am finishing up my edits of Humbled, a French Revolution piece and I just completed a medieval called Held for Ransom that I will be sending out for beta this week.  I have one more story to write in January and then I can take a breath and read someone else's work!

Celeste Jones: Anything else you’d like to share?

Renee Rose is a modern dance teacher, Feldenkrais Practitioner(R), energy worker and kinkster. Named Eroticon USA's Next Top Erotic Author in 2013, her books are all centered around her favorite kink: spanking. 

A lifelong writer, she has a B.A. in creative writing from Knox College, where she won the Davenport prize for both fiction and poetry, and the Lorraine Smith prize for literary criticism. She spent thirteen years in technical writing before she found a way to incorporate her deepest darkest spanking fantasies into fiction and express a part of her that longed to see the light. She is now passionate about supporting others in accepting and exploring their kink, whatever that may be.  Leave a comment and join the conversation!
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Sentenced to die at age eleven for stealing a pig, Jean-Claude receives an unexpected reprieve when a little aristocrat girl takes the blame instead. When the revolution sends the rabble to the girl's chateau years later, he knows he must return the favor and rescue her. As they flee through the woods he makes it clear he is not her servant. In fact, if she wishes his help, she must concede he is her master and   understand her disobedience will be punished. Intending to take her only as far as the port city Le Havre and send her off to England, the beautiful aristo inspires a fierce protectiveness in him that makes it hard to say goodbye.  

Corinne is alternately infuriated and attracted to the handsome peasant who has no qualms about turning her over his knee and spanking her bare bottom when she steps out of line. When he ends up joining her on a ship to New Orleans, their futures becoming inextricably intertwined. But can a peasant-born blacksmith and the daughter of a duc find enough common ground to make a permanent match?

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  1. I'm with did we not hear about the hot air balloon business? How long has he had it?

    I'm going to have to take a look at Write or Die now. You are one of the most prolific authors I know and with everything you have going on, if it can help you produce so many books so fast, there must be something to it.

    1. There's a very brief mention of the first hot air balloon flight in Humbled (It took place in France, just before the revolution, at the same time as the signing of the Treaty of Paris). We've had the business about eight years, starting a bit before we sold the night club. :)

      I just use the web app of Write or Die-- here:

  2. I am amazed at how much you write with all these other responsibilities in your life. I have a feeling something like 'write or die' would help me, but I don't think I'm ready to go there yet. Thanks for your tips and thanks to Celeste for this series.

  3. Great interview. I'm amazed at how quickly she puts out those books. I think I might have to look into Write or Die.

    1. Try out the free web app I posted under Cara's comment. That's the one I use... easy peasy.

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  5. Write or Die...I would die.

  6. Thanks, Renee! I think I'll give Write or Die a try. Maybe we need a Write or Die week for all the newbies to test it out and see what we think.

    1. That would be fun! Just don't download it, I hear it gives your computer trouble

  7. Thanks for sharing Renee. It's always great to hear how authors do it, juggling a family and work. You rock!


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