Have Boobs, Will Write Comedic Erotica: St. Louis Writer Alice Clayton Talks Books, Travel
Soon readers were banging down her virtual door for each new installment. "Think about it," says Clayton. "If you had to wait two months in between chapters, it would drive you bananas. For a reader, it's forever."
In 2010, Clayton's first book was picked up and published by Omnific Publishing.
E. L. James, another first-time author with her start in Twilight fan fiction sites has since become a household name with her BDSM kinkfest 50 Shades of Grey. Internet celebrity Perez Hilton recently plugged Clayton's Wallbanger, writing: It "gives '50 Shades' a run for its
money anal beads!" "E.L. James might be losing her strangle-hold on soccer moms!!" Hilton gushed. "Cougars are trending!"
Yet Clayton says the only thing her stories and 50 Shades have in common is their humble beginnings as online fan fiction. "Anything you can link to Twilight is an instant grabber," Clayton says. "And frankly, if you can link '50' to anything, people will immediately jump on it."
Besides, anal beads do not make an appearance in Clayton's novels.
Wallbanger and the Redhead series are erotica on a gentler scale (there are no ball gags and asphyxiation fetishes), but steamy novels like James' and Clayton's have made a definite leap in popularity in the past few years. Clayton attributes this trend to the introduction of the e-reader.
On a Kindle even the sexiest book cover is concealed on the device's back-lit screen. No one has to know what you're reading. "I think women are realizing that they want to read it, and they can read it on their Kindle," Clayton says. "Nobody knows what they're reading. No one has a clue. I mean, you can put it in a polka dot and no one has a clue that you're reading smut."