Please help us welcome the writing team of S.A. McAuley and SJD Peterson to The Novel Approach today, as they tour the interwebs to chat about their new collaboration Ruin Porn. I was lucky enough to be able to ask a few questions to not only the authors but the boys of Resonator as well–Miah, Ritchie, Finn and Evin.
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TNA: We’re so pleased to have S.A. McAuley and SJD Peterson with us today to chat about their new collaboration Ruin Porn.
Thanks so much for dropping by to hang with us! Let’s just dig right into things, ‘kay? Who came up with the idea for the book, and what exactly inspired it?
Jo: That’s an easy one! We both came up with it at the exact same moment! We were watching one of our favorite bands, Bastille, and one of the members did something as innocent as move to stand near another one at the keyboard, and BAM! Sam and I looked at each other and just knew….
Sam: It’s dangerous anytime the two of us are together, and that moment was sheer magic. We had a 12+ hour car trip back to Michigan to plot out Ruin Porn. That was almost two years ago, and everyone gets to meet the boys of Resonator this Friday! We’re excited.
TNA: Had you been intending to write together for a while, or was this project more a sudden burst of inspiration? Was there liquor involved? ;-)
Sam: We’d talked about writing together but neither of our schedules worked out at the time we got the idea. But when we finally did start writing we figured out really quick that our styles matched well.
Jo: There is always liquor involved ;)
TNA: Why music, musicians, rock stars? What do you find exceedingly sexy about a guy who knows how to handle his instrument?
Sam: OH! HANDS! I’ve got this thing for strong, expressive hands and wrists and forearms (and watches, not coincidentally).
Jo: It’s the whole package–tats, confidence, and talent!
TNA: If you had the chance to be a groupie for any band, past or present, and follow them on tour, who would you choose, and why?
Sam: I would’ve loved to travel with Led Zeppelin when they were creating music. They were my first musical idols. As for current bands, that would be Bastille. They seem to genuinely love what they do and appreciate how the fans have helped them get where they are.
Jo: Pearl Jam or Thirty Seconds to Mars. Love my sexy, bad boy rockers!
TNA: Do you think we could bring the guys from Resonator into the conversation now?
Sam: *cackles* Good luck!
**Miah, Ritchie, Finn and Ev enter and take a seat on TNA’s big comfy couch**
TNA: Hey, guys, why don’t we have you go round and introduce yourselves to your audience?
Miah: *leans down to kiss Lisa’s cheek* Hey, babe. Thanks for having us.
Finn: Give the woman some space, man. Hey, I’m Finn, Rez’s guitarist. And the handsy dude is Miah, our sexed up leader.
Evin: I’m Ev. I play bass. *Ritchie drops onto his lap and sprawls his legs across the other guys* and this is Ritchie. He bangs sticks on stuff.
Ritchie: Anyone bring beer?
TNA: **hands Ritchie a beer from the mini-bar** Here you go, Ritchie. Now, what do you all love and hate most about being in a band?
Ritchie: There are no home cooked meals while on the road.
Finn: That’s the worst part by far.
Evin: Best part is being paid to do what I love and do it with the people I love the most in this world.
Finn: Are you blushing, Ev? That’s adorable.
Miah: The best part is that we helped you escape from that dreadful band Sock in the Sun, Ev.
TNA: What are some of your favorite, shall we say…fringe benefits of being famous?
Miah: Are you talking about sex? If so, that’s my answer.
Ritchie: Sex is not always a benefit.
Finn: Cheese fries are! I get a free basket of cheese fries at my favorite coney place now. That is a serious fringe benefit.
Ritchie: What about you, Ev?
Evin: Those tiny bottles of condiments in hotels. I fucking love those.
TNA: Confession time – what’s the one thing you’ve done, something none of the other guys know about, that would blow their minds if you were to tell us about it right now?
Evin: These guys know everything about me.
Finn: I think the more interesting question is what do we know about each other that no one else in the world knows.
Miah: *narrows his eyes* You wouldn’t.
Ritchie: You know he won’t. We’ve got each other first. Always.
TNA: Aw, having read the book, I’d say that’s pretty damn cool. Do you all believe in fate, destiny, whatever name we assign those random events in our lives that lead us down various paths, or do you feel like you’ve been in control of all the good and bad and ugly that’s happened to you?
Miah: The life force of the universe is strong. Everything is connected.
Finn: For fuck’s sake, Miah. Can we have one interview where you don’t go all metaphysical on us?
Ritchie: I don’t know, man. I think Miah’s right.
Evin: *pats Ritchie’s head* Of course you do.
TNA: Do you believe everything that’s happened, all of it, has happened for a reason? Do you think you’d be where you are today if things had gone differently?
Evin: *squirms in a his seat a bit* I don’t know that we’re ready to give a real insider look at what’s happened with Rez in the last year.
*the other three shake their heads*
TNA: Okay, guys, parting words. Where do you go from here?
Miah: *looks at the other guys and grins* Up.
TNA: And I wouldn’t have expected you to say anything else. :D Thanks for taking the time to hang with us today, gang, it’s been a pleasure!
Miah Thade, Finn Reese, and Ritchie Meyer are Resonator, an indie rock band with an edge—best friends turned rock stars, known as the Detroit 3. When Evin Rene appears in their life, none of them can deny he belongs with Rez.
They may have named their first album Ruin Porn because people get off on seeing how Detroit went from deeply loved to thoroughly forsaken, but they’re determined to prove that blight isn’t the entire story and blight isn’t always ugly.
Ritchie, Miah, Finn, and Evin take Resonator to a level no one anticipates. But no prosperity comes without sacrifice, and no secret stays hidden without a trail of lies. As Rez’s fame grows, so does the intensity between two of its members… as well as their potential for destruction.
Evin and Finn are about to discover the underlying beauty in their ruin porn.
About the Authors:
Jo: 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.
Sam: I sleep little, read a lot. Happiest in a foreign country. Twitchy when not mentally in motion. My name is Sam, not Sammy, definitely not Samantha. I’m a pretty dark/cynical/jaded person, but I hide that darkness well behind my obsession(s) for shiny objects. I’m the macabre wrapped in irresistible bubble wrap and a glittery pink bow, I suppose.
Tour Dates & Stops:
21-Aug Amanda C. Stone
24-Aug The Novel Approach
25-Aug MM Good Book Reviews
26-Aug Bayou Book Junkie
27-Aug Hearts on Fire
27-Aug Rainbow Gold Reviews
29-Aug Joyfully Jay
31-Aug 3 Chicks After Dark
1-Sep BFD Book Blog
2-Sep Prism Book Alliance
3-Sep Molly Lolly
4-Sep Love Bytes