Strangers on a Train is an anthology of stories by five different authors featuring train themed stories. All five books are available separately today. Fiction Vixen is pleased to welcome author Ruthie Knox. She wrote Big Boy, one of my favorite stories in the series. Check out FV reviews of Big Boy by Ruthie Knox and Thank You for Riding by Meg Maguire.
Take it away Ruthie..
Maybe He’s Waiting For You
So imagine that you have this job in the city.
Every day, you commute to work on the train. Every day, you people-watch – new people, regular commuters – ugly people, average people, and occasionally beautiful people.
Imagine there’s this guy. This guy who is so lovely, you can’t help staring. Just seeing him there brightens your day. You kind of want to know what he smells like. You kind of want to know his name.
This stranger – this gorgeous man – is imbued with so much possibility. He is probably intelligent and kind. Maybe he has a dog. Maybe he has three sisters who love him and tease him ruthlessly about how difficult it is for him to meet the right woman.
Maybe he’s waiting for you.
But he’s a stranger, and you’re getting off at the next stop. What do you do? Nothing. You do nothing, because you don’t know him, and you don’t have time.
Or maybe you take his picture.
One day, I was poking around on Twitter, which I do a lot, and someone posted a link to a Tumblr called Hot Guys on the Train. It is exactly what it sounds like: an anonymous camerawoman (or cameraman?) taking pictures of hot guys during her daily commute and posting them on the Internet.
I was fascinated. The pictures and the very act of their being taken seemed to me to be so productive of stories. Who are these men? Who is this woman with the camera? How many intersections are possible here?
I started chatting with some of my Twitter romance-writing friends about the Tumblr – Samantha Hunter, Meg Maguire, Serena Bell, Donna Cummings – and before I knew quite how it had happened, we were planning an anthology of stories with a Strangers on a Train theme. Twenty thousand words per story, contemporary erotic romance, sky’s the limit.
A few months later, it was done.
Nearly everything about this project was joyful – the burst of inspiration, the collaborative planning, the shared drafts and revisions stage. But the best part of all is the way the stories came out, because they are so much like fingerprints. The closer you peer, the more obvious it is that five people can’t write the same story, even when they begin with the same idea. Each one is rich with its author’s personality, each train fantasy distinct.
And yet the theme that connects them – the question, What happens if this woman, this man, meet this way? – gives the collection the same atmosphere as that online album of cell phone snapshots. We don’t know how each story will go from page one, but we know this feeling of possibility.
We know this excitement of spotting the strange man at the other end of the car and thinking Him.
Do you have a stranger-on-a-train story to share? Or a favorite train-themed movie, book, or TV scene? Even if you don’t, you can still enter. Tell us what you want to read this series. What about it appeals to you?
Answer in the comments for a shot at a set of all five Strangers on a Train stories in the digital format of your choice. (Ebooks only.)
Open to all (where allowed). You have until end of day April 5 to enter, winner will be announced soon after.
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About the Stories
Strangers on a Train, available April 2, 2013, from Samhain Publishing
Tight Quarters by Samantha Hunter
Reid isn’t happy about the mix-up that saddles him with a claustrophobic roommate on his New York train tour. Then his weekend with Brenna progresses to a weekend fling, and so much more.
Ticket Home by Serena Bell
Encountering her workaholic ex on her commuter train is the surprise of Amy’s life. Especially since Jeff seems hell-bent on winning her back.
Thank You for Riding by Meg Maguire
At the end of Caitlin’s commute, her extended flirtation with a handsome stranger finds them facing a frigid winter night locked in an unheated subway station.
Back on Track by Donna Cummings
A wine tour isn’t enough to take Matt’s mind off his baseball slump—until sexy, funny Allie plops into the adjacent seat and tells him three things about herself. One of them, she says, is a lie. Then Allie lets slip one truth too many…
Big Boy by Ruthie Knox
Mandy doesn’t want romance, but monthly role-playing dates with her stranger on a train—each to a different time period—become the erotic escape she desperately needs. And a soul connection she never expected.