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Please welcome Amy Lane to the tour.
Country Mouse meets City Mouse
By Amy Lane
So, this summer, my third child got to go on a trip to Europe. It was called the “Tale of Two Cities” tour, and he saw London and France and I was emerald with envy.
I have been across the United States several times—three times by bus, car, or RV. I’ve been to Canada a handful of times as well—but that’s it. Finis. No world traveling for Amy—at least not physically.
But mentally, I can visit with my son, and enjoy his pictures and stories—and, of course, there was always writing Country Mouse.
Aleksandr Voinov and I met online—we’re both M/M writers and we’re in the same circles—it was bound to happen. One day, we were both… well… bemoaning the loss of our separate mojos. You know—having one of those days where kite flying or taking fencing lessons or learning a dead language all seem preferable to doing what you’re supposed to be doing?
Now, I’d read Aleks’s work before—and it was some sizzling stuff. Bisexual rakes who liked a little blood sport? Why the hell not! So when Aleks told me to let him know if I spotted his mojo, I responded, “Hey, if your mojo ever met MY mojo, yours would leave mine face down on the couch covered in come.”
Yeah. Well. I can make an impression.
Aleks contacted me offline and said, “Hey—you want to write a book together?”
So, uh, world traveling Aleks Voinov contacted me—someone who has lived in Nor Cal my entire life and asked me if I wanted to write a book.
Three guesses as to who the “country mouse” is in the title—but you probably only need one.
And given how mismatched we were, Aleks and I sort of embraced that while we were working. He said, “Where do you want to set your book?”
I said, “Anywhere but here.”
England it was, and our protagonists were the slick, world-weary banker and the wide-eyed, ready-for-anything traveler—and we were ready to roll!
We had fun with that—he would send me pictures and links of where Owen and Malcolm would visit, where they would eat, where they would tour. I’d let him do the travelogues, and I’d give my—er, “Owen’s” – honest reaction to the places we’d go. It was, in a way, like traveling without leaving my front door.
I did feel bad though—I had nothing to share. At one point, the family and I were returning to Sacramento from San Diego—Aleks sent me an email with pictures of some of London’s most interesting historical attractions—Big Ben, Trafalgar Square, The Tower—and all I had to send him was the ruined alien desert of I-5. He said it looked terrifyingly desolate. I told him I was really glad we’d decided to set our story in London!
As for the sex scenes—which are some of my most scorching—I have to admit that working with Aleks set me free. Aleks was known for his erotic, inventive sex, so I got to help him write stuff that I normally wouldn’t. The spanking scene on the couch was all Aleks. The scene where Malcolm forgot the condom was a combination of both of us. The scene where Owen takes over and Malcolm is left, naked and destroyed, was mine. (And, uh, the ice dildo scene in CM2 was also my idea. I don’t know what to tell you—Aleks brings out my happy perv, bless him!)
I will never forget writing the end of Country Mouse—mostly because my kids were all still young enough that they had no patience. It was seven o’clock California time, and very early in the morning in England, and we were…
We were rolling. We knew where this was going, and the cursor on Google Docs was moving practically independently. We just… just grooved. This story was rushing to it’s conclusion and who needed to stop and get milk, to stop and make dinner, to stop and do anything—this story was cruising at maximum velocity and who in the hell were we to stop it?
We finished in that rush, that high, and I know I stared at the screen for a moment and went, “Wow. That’s amazing. I can see why people co-write now!” And then I went and bought milk. *shrugs * What can I say? Real life doesn’t go away because magic happens, right?
But that rush was enough to push us to the second one, and I enjoyed that very much as well, even though it was much more craft and a little less “lightning rod of the gods”. We both could see a place for the third and the fourth etc, but we were also both really busy, and pretty committed. I think not being able to write Country Mouse Three was maybe my first real lesson in the fact that just because I’m a writer that doesn’t mean I can write all the things.
I’d still like to write Country Mouse Three someday—and I’d love to work with Aleksandr Voinov again. But sometimes I think it’s my penance for that glorious rush of finishing the first novella. For the two hours of real life I put off to make magic scroll across my screen, I think I might have to wait a couple more years to plow through real life before Aleks and I can see that happen again.
Released: August 15th 2013
Published by Riptide Publishing
Owen may be a bit of a country mouse, but he loves his vacation in London, even more so when he meets the sexy and arrogant Malcolm Kavanagh. But eighty-hour weeks at a trading desk don’t leave Malcolm much time for meaningful relationships. In his world, everything’s a competition—even sex.
Their vacation romance turns serious, but that’s just the first chapter in their story. Anyone who’s ever been in love knows that happy endings take a lot more work than declaring your feelings.
Malcolm has never been in love, or even in a relationship. Everything is a struggle, from accepting Owen’s low-status job to putting his boyfriend above his personal trainer. Luckily, Owen knows a little more about these things. From the art galleries of Cambridge to the tawdry majesty of the Dominion theatre, Owen adapts to England while Malcolm adapts to the whole human race. Maybe, if Owen is patient enough and Malcolm learns to give, the two of them can make it past Relationship Armageddon to a real happy ending.
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