Update 2:38 p.m.: Alice Clayton called us hours after this post was published to share some exciting news: She's signed with Simon & Schuster. The publisher acquired her three previously published books and the fourth one that she is working on now.
Erotic novelist Alice Clayton doesn't write your typical, love-at-first-sight romance novels, with sex on the beach and meaningful eye contact. Her characters worry about their unshaven legs, and one gets pooped on by a seagull before she ever gets the chance to have a roll in the sand.
"For me, real life is the cat throws up on the floor in the middle of it," Clayton tells Daily RFT. "You get shit on by a seagull, you absolutely do. The dog starts howling, the kid's knocking on the door. And if you can keep going, that's a keeper. That's adult romance."
Clayton, who is based in St. Louis, has published three novels in the comedic erotica vein, and is currently writing her fourth. In her spare time, she's also working on a travel show concept called Have Boobs, Will Travel.
Her first two books are installments of the Redhead Series which follow the love life of a ginger-haired cougar named Grace who falls for a much younger actor, Jack. Clayton's November 2012 release Wallbanger centers around Caroline, a sex-starved interior designer intrigued by the continuous, passionate banging on the wall coming from her studly next-door neighbor's bedroom.
Clayton is a newcomer to the writing world, as well as the world of erotic novels. A few years ago, at the age of 33, Clayton read the Twilight series, and couldn't get enough of everyone's favorite reflective bloodsucker, Edward Cullen. After perusing fan fiction sites like fanfiction.net and twilighted.net, she decided to start writing Twilight fanfiction of her own.
"The last thing I had written was maybe a freshman comp 101 assignment," she says. Still, she began pecking away at the keyboard and posting her finished chapters online. Clayton says she'd never even heard of the term "fan fiction" before she became part of it, and her usual reading fare was nonfiction and historical novels -- definitely not romance novels.
"This was my Trekkie moment, for sure," she confesses. Clayton noticed most of the Twilight fan fiction posted online portrayed Edward and Bella as humans. There were no vampires or werewolves -- "Edward's a banker and Bella slings coffee at the local diner" kind of stories, Clayton says. So she wrote her story with Bella and Edward as humans; almost every aspect about them was different, only their names stayed the same.
"At the time, there were a lot of schmaltzy stories," says Clayton. "A lot of very angsty stories, but there were not a lot of comic stories out there. I tend to see everything in a funny way, but I also like things that are a little steamy, too. So I said, 'I'm going to write what I call comedic erotica.'"
She wrote and people read.
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