Interview with Redhead Series author, Alice Clayton
Writing funny smut isn’t a walk a park. It takes a worldly, hilarious human being to crack that skill, so we thought, “Hey, we should meet the writer of The Unidentified Redhead and The Redhead Revealed”.
Which is exactly what we did. Or rather, we emailed her.
How did you get into writing comedic erotica?
I have always seen the silly that could be mixed into the steamy, so when it came time to try my hand at writing, it was a no-brainer for me to throw the two together.
Sex can be funny, should be funny in fact at times, so I wanted to see if I could write something that would make me giggle and blush.
What reception has the books received so far?
I’ve been blown away at how people have responded to these stories, I’m a bit speechless. That’s why I love being able to interact with readers and other authors on twitter, I’ve found so many great books that were recommendations from my friends on Twitter!
This side of Fifty Shades of Grey, how do you think the reception of your books has been different to if you published before?
Oh my goodness, this has been what I call the Summer of Smut, and I mean that in the very best of ways. The interesting thing is, around the same time FSoG hit the bestseller list, Rush Limbaugh was berating women about their birth control. *shakes head*
What I love about this is that women know what they want, they know what they want to read, and when they find something they really love they tell their girlfriends!
Plus, being able to read books like this on their Kindle or their iPad where no one could see what they were really reading, allowed woman to read something that they may not have before.
I love the idea that women wanted to read a book like this, and they did it in a big way. Erotica, steamy and sultry romance novels, nothing new here.
But there was something about that book that struck a chord, and made women who never really read with any regularity, want to pick up other books after finishing Fifty. And that’s always a good thing.
I think right now, it’s a great time to be a romance author.
What made you write a book about a redheaded protagonist and not any other hair-coloured heroine?
I always saw Grace as a redhead, from the very beginning she couldn’t be anything else. There’s something about a sexy redhead, something exotic but at the same time very comforting.
And I have always been a fan of a ginger, oh my goodness. Prince Harry? I can’t. I just…I might need a moment.
If Grace had a different hair colour, how do you think this would affect her personality, or even the storyline?
Great question, I’m not sure. For me, she was never anything else so it’s difficult to say.
I feel like there’s something special about a redhead, especially a natural redhead. I used to colour my hair from blonde to red every winter, and I have to admit, it made me a little more sassy…!
What is it about redheads that you love?
A redhead can get away with acting a little crazier than anyone else. Redheads have a built in sassy metre, and there’s something inherently sexy about a redhead.
Grace is confident in such a refreshing and relatable way. Which of Grace’s traits would you credit to her red hair?
There is something very resilient about a redhead, don’t you think?
What traits do you have in common with Grace?
Hmm, there are definitely some similarities. This was the first piece of writing I had ever tackled, which ultimately became the Redhead Series, and at the beginning, I heard something about writing what you know. So I started there.
I have the same background in theatre, the same move to Los Angeles after college, the same challenges with getting my own way. And of course, we’re both sleeping with movie stars…pffft.
If the Redhead Series was made into movies, who could you picture to play the lead characters and why?
This is a tough one and the easiest question all rolled into one for me. In my head, I am not constrained to age or the space time continuum, so I can cast anyone at any age, right? For me, the lovely Jack would be a young but British version of Scott Speedman.
And Grace, I could see a few women actually but Debra Messing has always been her for me. A younger Debra, she is so very funny but so very sexy at the same time.
Why did you write Jack as British? What do you love about British men?
As an American, I am a sucker for a British accent. No shame, I dissolve into a puddle of Yankee goo when I hear that accent, it’s my downfall for sure.
Who’s your favourite British man, dead or alive?
See, the adult thing here would be to say someone like Shakespeare, or Churchill. But the truth is, the things I would do to share a piece of cake with Robert Pattinson are questionable, and might not even be legal…
What’s next for yourself and the Redhead Series?
My new novel Wallbanger will be released this November; all new characters, all-new story, same brand of smutty hilarity. And Book 3 in the Redhead Series will be coming Spring 2013.
If you had red hair for a day, what would you do?
I HAVE had red hair for a day, and for months at a time. So my answer is I would put it up in hot rollers, then put on a swishy little dress, finger comb those curls, and then hit the town with Mr. Alice…who loves me when I’m a redhead.
Check out our review of The Unidentified Redhead!