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Plot Bunnies on the Road
Jo: I read somewhere you can’t wait for inspiration you have to go after it. I truly believe that. It’s the same with plot bunnies. Sam and I are huge Bastille fans. We tried to get tickets to one of their shows in Detroit-Sold out. Tried in Toronto-Sold out. One thing you’ll learn about us is that we can be a wee bit persistent. We found out Bastille would be in Philly and tickets were still available. A little tweaking of schedules and it was ROAD TRIP! The concert was even better than we could have imagined. We had great seats, the acoustics were amazing, the drinks were flowing, and Bastille totally rocked our worlds.
Sam: They totally changed our world!
Jo: Suddenly Will Farquarson did something that would be completely innocent to those who don’t think like Sam and I. He moved over next to Kyle Simmon’s--who was playing the keyboard--and Sam snapped this photo:
We turned and stared at each other and BAM!!!!!!!! Without a spoken word, plot bunnies were leaping back and forth, swirling around the venue, and they followed us home.
Sam: I think my exact words were “DUUUUUUDDEEEE” and that plot bunny was born. We had a twelve hour drive back to Michigan to devolve into all kinds of ideas of what could happen if two band members were to fall for each other--especially if none of the others knew they were gay.
Jo: It was better than the plot bunnies your creepy choice of hotels inspired *shudders*
Sam: LOL! I didn’t know I’d booked us at the Philly version of The Shining!
Jo: I don’t even want to think about it. Your pics reminded me of it and now I'm going to have nightmares. But back to the good kind of bunnies...
Sam: You mean f*ck bunnies? Or f*cking like bunnies?
Jo: Both are appropriate for Ruin Porn.
Sam: So yeah, it took us a year and a half after that concert to put real words on paper for this story. In the mean time we went through two titles before settling on Ruin Porn. And we realize that the title is going to confuse a lot of people…
Jo: Our boys in Ruin Porn all grew up in Detroit (write what you know). Detroit is the Motor City and that fact shaped the lives of many of its inhabitants. Within the factories, friendships were forged, and families were fed. There is fierce pride for Detroit for those who live, love, and work there.
Sam: The auto industry has been the beating heart of Detroit for a hundred years and even before the economy collapsed in 2008 the blue-collar jobs that used to drive the middle class started to disappear. The boys of Ruin Porn grew up in a completely different city than their parents did. The city has fallen apart in many ways, and is only now starting to rebuild. So the title comes from the term “ruin porn”--pictures taken showcasing the destruction of a former urban powerhouse. Some people see ruin porn as offensive, some see it as an homage to the strength and resilience of the city.
Jo: Ruin Porn was inspired by our road trip but the title infused our shared love of Detroit into the story. I was scared shitless to dive in the D but Sam is fearless and she took me on the most amazing tour of the city. We ended up at the Michigan Central Depot at one point. It’s a perfect example of Ruin Porn—beauty in ruin. Follow the link below for works of art by the incredibly talented photographer Tony Detroit. We’re humbled that one of his photos will be on the cover of Ruin Porn (You’ll have to be patient, we’ll be unveiling the cover here on Sinfully...Addicted to All Male Romance in the very near future.)
Sam: Detroit is also the home of Motown, so it only made sense to put our love of Detroit (what it was and what it now is) and create this group of men who have grown up together and always played music together and are on the verge of making it big. What happens when an outsider is introduced into this tight-knit group? And what happens when that tight-knit group has more secrets than they realize? Plot bunny meet actual plot.
Jo: It truly is amazing how our minds work. We’re f*cking brilliant. Today Detroit, tomorrow world tour?
Sam: How about today Detroit, tomorrow...a beer? Seems much more attainable. But if there are any readers who ever want to see the Detroit of Ruin Porn, Jo and I can tell you where the best dive bar in the city is.
Meet Sam McAuley
Sam sleeps little, reads a lot. Happiest in a foreign country. Twitchy when not mentally in motion. Send her a picture and a song and she's bound to write a story about it. And yes, that's an invitation.
Meet Jo Peterson
SJD Peterson, better known as Jo, hails from Michigan. Not the best place to live for someone who hates the cold and snow. When not reading or writing, Jo can be found close to the heater checking out NHL stats and watching the Red Wings kick a little butt. Can't cook, misses the clothes hamper nine out of ten tries, but is handy with power tools.