Interview with Renee Rose- The Devil of Whiskey Row

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I am so excited about this interview with Renee Rose.  She is such an amazing writer, and very fun “in person”.

When we decided to do this interview, I knew that she was the perfect author for a “live banter” session.  I envisioned an online chat room, where everyone would “watch” us chat. 

Oh, it was going to be so much fun!

I pictured lively banter about her new book, lots of Freudian slips, sexual innuendos, and of course, my favorite, spanko talk. I knew if anyone could handle my ability to speak sans inner monologue, it would be Renee.

Alas, I couldn’t find a site that would cater to a “two person only” dialogue, so we decided to “wing it”. 

We got together one night, and messaged back and forth, “pretending” that we were live.  I had so much fun, my husband had to come in and ask if I was alright. (I was laughing so hard, he could hear me from all the way downstairs)

What you see below is the edited version of our dialog. To keep the “live feel”, I left most of it as is; the PM handles, the LOL’s and smiley faces, all of it. I hope you enjoy our “pretend” attempt at live interviewing.


Me: Renee, Thanks so much for chatting with me today. I am sure this is a little different than your usual interview session. I have to admit, I’m kind of disappointed that we couldn’t do this live.  But I am looking forward to “pretending”. So, just have fun, let loose a little, and let’s chat about your new book “The Devil of Whiskey Row”.

Renee:  I love pretending! Thanks for having me today!

Me: The title intrigued me. What’s the meaning behind the whole “Devil” thing? When I think of the devil I think horned red guy with a big pitchfork, twirling his tongue between his lips. This is not the real Jake, correct?

Renee:  He’s a devil because he’s killed with his bare hands.  He can be pretty brutal when defending his “girls”

Me: No tongue twirling? Nuts!

Renee:  Shh… that part comes later. Don’t give it away.

Me:  Well, he does sound like a strapping big guy. That’s great that he is so protective of his girls. So how did this big “daddy” thing come to play?

Renee:  So, even though I’m not drawn to “age play,” I have always been tweaked by the idea of being spanked by a “daddy” (who’s not my real daddy!).  I started calling my husband “big Daddy” jokingly when we first started dating and then when we had kids, well, that was his name anyway.

Cue:  “You can call me daddy when you back that thing up…”

Me:  LOL, does he “like big butts”?

Renee:  Well, I’ve always had “junk in the trunk” (as much junk in the trunk as you can have at 115 lbs.).  Basically I have a really muscular ass, which I realized at one point was from squeezing it my whole life as I imagined I was being spanked! Oh god, did I really just reveal that?

Me: Yes, and thank you for the awesome visual. 🙂

If it makes you feel any better, I’ll admit that I bend over the bed sometimes just to “visualize” receiving a spanking. (But my ass is not very muscular. It’s just squishy.)

Renee:  LOL. (And still laughing). Squishy is an awesome word.

Me: Okay, where was I?

Renee:  Bending over the bed pretending your squishy ass is getting swatted?

Me:  “chokes, sputters” I think I just spit wine out my nose.

Me:  ok, Why a brothel? I understand that Jake took over for the past owner. But what made him stay?

Renee:  He stays out of obligation to his girls.  They begged him to stay.  Also he has no other attachments– he’s been pretty emotionally adrift since his fiancée’s death.

Me:   And that’s why he is so connected to Cora?

Renee:  Yes, Cora is the spitting image of his dead fiancée, which is confusing to him.

Me:  A lot of conflicting emotions, I can totally see that. Is that why he is so much harder on her? Because he wants more from her?

Renee:  I don’t think he’s actually harder on her, just that she’s new and has to learn his rules.  But it’s why he breaks his vow of celibacy with her.

Me: mm hmm, I really enjoyed that scene. That was right after he gave her a particularly hard spanking, and noticed her, ahem, appreciation. Right?

Renee:  Mmm hmm. She was calling him Daddy when she backed that thing up…

Me:  🙂 ok, so let’s talk about how well Jake plays his instrument

Renee:  he he.  She said instrument.

Me:  LOL, he can be a real pianist at times, he he. Ahem, sorry. Play on words

Me:  So, in the book, Jake seems to have a very masterful stroke as a pianist. Does he have to practice often?

Renee:  Let’s just say he has VERY CLEVER fingers!

Me:  Mmm, clever fingers indeed.  So what led him from clever stroking to skillful paddling? (Inner spanko desires, needs unfulfilled, a need to compensate for the whiteness of the keys?)

Renee:  Jake is one of those guys who’s a born spanko.  He does use spanking for real discipline in his brothel, but he also admits (to himself, at least) that it has a powerful effect on him. One of his whores, Olive, jokes that spanking is his substitute for sex.

Me: I can totally see that. But the scene where he and Cora finally got together (that was HOT by the way), showed that he was definitely not getting enough release from those spankings.

Renee:  I think it was working for him until Cora came along and woke the sleeping, er… pianist.

Me:  LOL ROFL, OMG, my husband just came in to check on me. I was laughing a little TOO  loud 🙂

Me:  ok, speaking of release, we have got to talk about my favorite scene that I will forever be comparing other OTKs to:

the OTK orgasm.

OH MY GOD! I had to change my panties after that scene! Is it really possible to have an orgasm (quite a large one by the looks of the scene anyway) during / after a spanking?

Renee:  giggle.  You mean the one where he orgasms while spanking?

Me:  Uh, they both did. *rolls eyes* you were probably too busy watching Jake, but I am quite sure Cora did also

Renee:  Oh yeah, you’re right.  She did first.  And then third.

So I orgasm every time I get spanked, but that’s because my husband thinks of spanking as erotic foreplay, rather than punishment.

Me:  I have become aroused before (yes, even during punishments), but I have never gone far enough to actually experience the “little death”. I feel very cheated now.

Renee:  Well, some form of penetration (fingers, butt plug, etc.) is highly useful.  Oh, you gotta check out Natasha Knight’s Naia and the Professor— there’s a really hot spanking scene with anal beads.  Let’s just say they’re at the top of my list now…

Me:  I’m going to have to read that one next. Btw, nice plug for Natasha!  (Freudian slip intended I think)

Renee:  heh heh.  She said plug.

Me: LOL, So Jake and Cora really do have some good chemistry.  Is it just because of how much she reminds him of his fiancé?  And is that why he wants to save Cora from all of this because of his guilt over his fiancé’s death? Is he projecting his loss and fears onto Cora?

Renee:  There is that, but he also sees the real Cora, and he recognizes that she does not fit in the brothel the way the others do.  She clearly doesn’t like being a working girl and is only doing it for the money.  This makes him want to rescue her. I could see how it was tough for her also, knowing that he was comparing her to his dead fiancé.

Me: Yes, that would be tough for both of them. And it seemed especially tough for Cora, who just did not want to be there. But on the flip side, you have someone like Olive.

Me:  ooh, we have to talk about my second favorite scene which I titled “Olive, the dominatrix”.

Can you tell me more about Olive, and her awesome final scene? It had so many fun elements to it; a public spanking, a shared spanker, a Dominatrix in the making, and a little bit of old fashioned auctioneering. Too much fun!

Renee:  So I was setting it up for a sequel with Olive and Spankaloons.  Olive is a fabulous secondary character– a woman who is empowered by her sexuality and knows how to use it for money or to gain her own pleasure. She’s a great foil to Cora, who shrinks from sex and whoring.

Me:  I really liked Olive, she was amazing! She is a great Yin to Cora’s Yang. They complement each other very well, as was seen in their friendship. Hey, did you say there was a sequel?

Renee: Oops — I have a few other things to write first, so don’t get too excited, but yes, I can see this blooming into other stories…

Me:  Alright, I’ll wait patiently. But I do think I will make a poll at the end of this interview. All those in favor of Renee writing the sequel with Olive and Spankaloons, raise your hand. (ME, ME, ME!)

Renee:  I gotta get the writing bubble figured out so I can crank ’em out faster.

Me:  Okay, last question.  It seems like a lot of authors write characters that either personify them, or their desires. How does this relate to you? Are you one of the characters, and if so which one?

Renee:  I guess I am both Cora and Olive.  There are times I have shrunken from my sexuality, and that scene at the end where she doesn’t get off till he gets rough is definitely something I’ve experienced.  But there are also times when I am standing fully in my sexuality, when I engage in public sex, exhibitionism, threesomes, etc.  I really enjoy that feeling and would prefer to feel that way more often.  I guess that was what I writing about in my threesome post last week.

Me: That threesome post was very interesting.  I’ve never tried it, but I am very interested in looking at my exhibitionist side.  Have you ever watched any of Erica Scott’s spanking videos? I love her! This is probably tmi, but I would love to do something like that. (If you don’t hear from me after this post goes up, my hubby has probably freaked out after reading this, and has taken away all my tech devises. Not like I know how to use Skype or the little camera thingy on my laptop, anyway.)

Renee:  No– I haven’t seen them. Now you have me VERY curious. I’m going to call your hubby and see if he’ll send them all to me.

Me:   Don’t you dare! I need my outlet. They’re “my prrrrr-esh-us” *strokes lovingly”.

Me:  Well, that’s all the time I have for chatting tonight. Sorry. But if you want to set up another time and date for fun banter including spanking talk and lots of sexual innuendos, you know where to find me. 🙂

Renee:  I am ALWAYS up for fun banter that includes spanking and sexual innuendos– thank you!

Me:  Thanks so much for chatting with me. I loved your book, and can’t wait to see what you come up with next.

Me:  Here’s a “Thank You” swat for your time.

Renee:  Mmm! Thank you, ma’am, may I have another?

Me:  Hehe, my first official online switch.  🙂

Thanks again.  Good night!


The Devil of Whiskey Row

Forced by miserable circumstance to work in a gold rush brothel, Cora Underhill hates what her life has become. When a fire sweeps through her workplace, she welcomes death as an end to it all. But then Jake Diggory crashes through her window for an unwelcome rescue, offering her shelter and a paid position at his establishment. She accepts, in spite of Jake’s fearsome reputation as ‘The Devil Diggory’, and soon sees another side to Jake–the firm but caring side of him which led his girls to name him ‘Daddy Diggs’.

Life at Daddy Diggs’ is an entirely new experience for Cora. Jake has strict rules which he backs up with over the knee discipline, but he will not tolerate any mistreatment of his girls and he can go from playing beautiful music on a piano to defending them with his bare fists. The strangest thing of all, however, is the fact that every girl at Daddy Diggs’ swears that Jake has never slept with her, or with any other woman for that matter, since his fiancée’s death back in Ireland fifteen years ago.

Cora attempts to emulate the other prostitutes at Daddy Diggs’, who enjoy making money, holding power over men and even the act of sex, but she still finds no pleasure in the company of men–until the day she inadvertently arouses the passion of The Devil Diggory. His fierce lovemaking thaws some frozen part of her, but it seems Jake is only attracted to her because she resembles his dead fiancée. Confused by his new feelings for Cora and guilt over his broken vow of celibacy, Jake pushes Cora away. Can he come to terms with his past and claim Cora for his own, or will his grief keep them apart forever?


In the following excerpt, Jake has just spanked Cora to orgasm– his orgasm. What had started out as punishment turned into something altogether different…

And it had not been enough. He leaned back in the chair, catching his breath, relief from his release already fading as the raw, underlying passion flamed even hotter. It was as if once lit, the fire would continue growing until it exploded within him. He ran his hand through his hair in frustration, allowing Cora to slide off his lap. Normally so in control, he was now strangely helpless—no words could address their situation. Yet Cora, sweet Cora, who of all the girls was the least likely to ever try to seduce him, was kneeling at his feet, reaching for his cock. She unbuttoned his trousers and released his length, which still stood at attention, despite the release. She met his eyes, opened her mouth and extended her tongue, slipping it around the rim of his cock as if she wanted to taste him. It was his undoing. With a roar, he grasped her by the hair and hauled her to her feet, half shoving, half carrying her backward until she hit the wall. His mouth open, he attacked her lips, her cheek, her neck, devouring her, consuming her very essence until their two bodies fused into one. Her dress had fallen back down and he tore at the skirt, lifting it and one thigh to his waist, lowering his trousers enough to free his erection and plow into her. Oh God, yes! Fifteen years since he’d had a woman and it had never been so good. He slammed into her, his fingers digging into her flesh, his pelvis pumping forward and back as if his very life depended on it. In fact, he was sure the only thing that could have stopped him at that moment would have been death itself. If sex was a beast, then he was the devil, and nothing would sate him until he’d plumbed every inch of Cora Underhill. As the wall shook under the force of his thrusts, Cora made that same keening sound she’d made before and the need to satisfy her filtered into his consciousness. Reaching his hand around, he once again

pressed a finger into her arse and she nearly screamed, her body convulsing against his, her pussy and anus clamping down hard on his cock and his finger as her entire body shuddered. The magnificence of her climax brought on his own and he shot his load into her, thrusting upward while he held her tightly against him. It was a long orgasm and when it was through, he was sure of only one thing. Everything had changed.


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Renee Rose, best-selling erotic romance author, did not come out of the closet as a spanko until she published her spanking romance Betrothed. 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. Visit her blog at and join the conversation!

She can also be found on: Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads

23 thoughts on “Interview with Renee Rose- The Devil of Whiskey Row

  1. pao

    That was a really entertaining interview 😀 Both of you must have had so much fun! Sadly, I have not read this book yet. But I will when I get the chance to do so!

  2. Corinne Alexander

    Oh my gosh you guys had me rolling with laughter!! If I had not already read & completely fallen in love with The Devil of Whiskey Row this interview would have done it for me for sure! You have no idea how happy it makes me that this book will have a sequel! I’m hoping for a series actually!! I felt like I had struck gold when I finished this book. Thanks, Renee & Katherine!!

  3. Natasha Knight

    I was laughing – then I saw my name and someone said plug and I was really laughing. That was an awesome interview. Olive as dominatrix was one of my favorite scenes too btw. That was HOT! Renee, I love how you can be serious and fun and honest (and incredibly sexy) all at once. I read the threesome post as well and well, all of yours and there’s always something new for me. Katie, another great interview – nothing canned about your questions.

    1. katherinedeane Post author

      Thanks so much Natasha! I was hoping no one would have a problem with keeping it “live”. We didn’t want to take away from the overall theme. It was a lot of fun!

  4. Celeste Jones

    So fun, but I had to stop reading because I haven’t finished the book yet and I don’t want to know what happens, though now I am intrigued about Olive. Guess what I’ll be doing this evening?

    Love the book, Renee and this chat was awesome. What a fun take on the usual author interview.


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