A Life in Books: Alice Clayton

Posted by Goodreads on July 18, 2016
Alice Clayton
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Alice Clayton is hungry for romance. The bestselling author has been serving up juicy love stories like the rollicking Wallbanger and the sizzling The Unidentified Redhead for years, but her latest series, Hudson Valley, puts the focus on food. The first book, Nuts, introduced us to local organic farmer Leo, who delivered his—you guessed it—nuts to Hollywood chef Roxie. Cream of the Crop, the highly anticipated second book in the hysterical series, comes out this month. Now we'll be falling for a "purveyor of the finest artisanal cheeses the Hudson Valley has to offer" right alongside no-nonsense business exec Natalie Grayson. (Our only complaint? We won't actually get to taste any of the delicious snacks in the book.) Clayton shares the books that inspired her love of romance, food, and laughter.

What was the first romance book you ever read?
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I remember reading one of my mother's Danielle Steel novels when I was maybe in junior high, getting hooked, and then reading all of them I could find! I can't remember the name of the first one, but I'm pretty sure Palomino was the second or the third I read.



Natalie Grayson, the hot exec in Cream of the Crop, clearly has a thing for cheese (as well as for the hunk who sells it to her). What book made your mouth water with its descriptions of food and drink?
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I read a Lawrence Sanders crime novel, also when I was in junior high, where the detective made the most delicious sandwiches ever. The author went into such detail about them, to this day I can still remember a sandwich he made on Sicilian potato bread with thinly sliced Vidalia onion and a layer of spicy horseradish mustard. I didn't know what Sicilian potato bread was, but I sure thought it sounded great.



What's the last romance book that blew you away?
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Truly, a New York novel by Ruthie Knox. This book was unreal. SHE is unreal. Ruthie Knox is the writer I want to be one day.



Your books always keep readers laughing! What book makes you laugh the most?
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I actually always chuckle when I read Tiffany Reisz. If you haven't read her, then you might not think The Original Sinners is funny…but that woman has got a demonic sense of humor. I love her, and I LOVE that series. And it makes me chuckle all the time.



What's an underrated romance book you think everyone should read?
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I gotta go back to my Ruthie Knox and say that EVERYONE should be reading her. Her book About Last Night is hands-down my very favorite romance novel of all time. I can't understand why more people haven't read it. It's incredible.



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message 1: by Mabel (new)

Mabel want to read the book, i will review after reading the book

thanks
Mabel C


message 2: by Tammie (new)

Tammie I totally agree with you about Ruthie Knox, she is an all time favorite aurhor of mine too! I love her books and her writing!
Your writing is fabulous too! I cant wait to read cream of the crop. Ive loved all the books in this fabulous series! They are great stand alone books, or as a series, and i love that.


message 3: by کیوان (new)

کیوان Thanks for all of books


message 4: by lynn goodwin (new)

lynn goodwin I think I have read all your books! Started with Wallbanger (my favorite) through redhead series and just finished Cream of the crop! Thanks so much for the hours of enjoyment!


message 5: by Susan (new)

Susan Thank you Alice Clayton for letting me know about Ruthie Knox - she is going onto my Favorite Author list (and, of course, you are already there!)


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