So much has happened since we chatted with you last. You have released several books and even had your book cover on the front of a building in Times Square. Share with us a bit about your adventures writing and also, the fun you had on the road this past year.
I’ve had so much fun this year! By the end of 2014, I’ll have released 3 new full length novels (Rusty Nailed, Screwdrivered and Mai Tai’d Up) with the last of the Cocktail Series ending with a novella, Last Call out in January 2015. In addition to writing more than I ever have, I was out on a road a ton this year, getting to meet readers all over the country. In May, I headed out on an amazing bus tour with some of my besties on the Belles on Wheels tour sponsored by Simon & Schuster. Kresley Cole, Christina Lauren, Kristen Proby, Jennifer Probst and more crisscrossed the southeast meeting readers, eating beef jerky and raising hell. It was a blast!
I loved Wallbanger and it's been such fun reading the ongoing tales in your Cocktail series. I love that your characters are not perfect heroes and heroines, but we fall in love with them anyway. Vivian is a petite brunette with some fun tattoos and a passion for art as well as a brilliant mind for math and computers. Was she inspired by anyone you know or just a creation of someone you'd love to know?
Thank you! I’m so glad to know people that fell in love with Wallbanger are enjoying the rest of these crazy characters in the entire series. Viv Franklin was the kind of heroine I always wanted to write, all tough and no nonsense on the outside, and a total cream puff on the inside. She wasn’t really based on anyone I know, but she was inspired by the secret life that so many of my girlfriends share. We’re all secret romance novel junkies :)
As an avid romance reader, I absolutely loved the ongoing theme throughout the book of Vivian's obsession with living out her real life romance book. Tell us a bit about what inspired this theme.
I was on vacation several years ago in the mountains of North Carolina, in the most amazing little town. Surrounded by some of the most spectacular scenery ever, this little town was magical, mystical, and very romantic. I started to imagine little cherubs around every corner, shooting their tiny angels left and right and inspiring romance all around. I wondered what it would be like for a romance novel junkie to find herself in this kind of environment, literally picked up out of her real life and plunked down into romance novel central. But then once she was there, what if there was a twist? Because there’s always a twist, right? Screwdrivered was born!
Let's talk about my new book boyfriend, Clark... He's tall, dark haired, wears glasses, plaid shirts and blazers with narrow ties. He's also buff, sexy and has a gorgeous smile. The more I read about him the more I pictured Henry Cavill as Clark Kent in the last scene of Man of Steel. Please tell me I'm right...
Hell yes, let’s talk about Clark. I always saw Clark so clearly in my head, the sexy librarian. The guy who never gets the girl, not when there’s a cowboy like Hank around. But in my book? Clark was going to be the dark horse. And he was inspired 100% by Henry Cavill. I literally had pictures of him, specifically at the end of Man of Steel when he was wearing the plaid and the glasses, printed up and hanging all around my office. Oh yeah, Henry is All. Over. This. Book. You and I had exactly the same vision…
How do we get your fun, sexy, engaging stories made into a TV series or movie? Is there any way we can get Henry to play ALL the protagonists... I mean, really... he's got the talent and the looks... What do you think?
First, we start sending copies of Screwdrivered to Henry’s agent. Then, we camp out with signs that say NERDS ARE THE NEW ALPHA. Let’s do it!
What's next for you? Who will we meet next in the Cocktail series?
Next up is the last book in the Cocktail Series, Mai Tai’d Up. And we meet Chloe, our ex beauty queen and runaway bride, and Lucas, our ginger haired sexy veterinarian. I love me a ginger…
Alice Clayton is such a delight to talk with and we look forward to her upcoming releases.
Here is the summary for Screwdrivered.
Readers back for a third round of the bestselling Cocktail series will enjoy a madcap romantic comedy about bodice ripping and chest heaving, fiery passion and love everlasting. Plus a dash of paperwork filing and horseshi—wait, what?
By day, Viv Franklin is a tough-as-nails software engineer who designs programs and loves hospital corners. By night, Vivian’s a secret romance-novel junkie who longs for a knight in shining armor, or a cowboy on a wild stallion, or a strapping firefighter to sweep her off her feet. And she gets to wear the bodice—don’t forget the bodice.
When a phone call brings news that she’s inherited a beautiful old home in Mendocino, California from a long-forgotten aunt, she moves her entire life across the country to embark on what she sees as a great, romance-novel-worthy adventure. But romance novels always have a twist, don’t they?
There’s a cowboy, one that ignites her loins. Because Cowboy Hank is totally loin-ignition worthy. But there’s also a librarian, Clark Barrow. And he calls her Vivian. Can tweed jackets and elbow patches compete with chaps and spurs? You bet your sweet cow pie.
In Screwdrivered, Alice Clayton pits Superman against Clark in a hilarious and hot battle that delights a swooning Viv/Vivian. Also within this book, an answer to the question of the ages: Why ride a cowboy when you can ride a librarian?
We loved this book and had such fun imagining Henry Cavill as the delightful and sometimes annoying, Clark. You can purchase Screwdrivered here: