|SERIOUSLY… How Adorbs are These Two?!
5 Questions With Nina Bocci & Alice Clayton
1.How did the two of you meet? What is the hardest you have ever laughed together, can you share a fun story with us?
Nina: We met while writing Twilight Fan Fiction waaaaay back in 2008 or 09’ and have been BFF ever since. The funniest story, there are many, let’s be clear, but the first thing that came to mind when I read this question was a trip to Chicago for a signing. Alice and I and Christina and Lauren were walking back from dinner and for whatever reason, we were acting like idiots. We have so many pics from us cackling, crying and bent over in tears standing on this bridge. I honestly can’t remember the why but whatever it was, I’m grateful for those laughs.
Alice: I remember that night. That was a good night. Honestly there are so many stories like that, literally just busting a gut. One of the first things that comes to mind is when we were in Orlando for the first Book Bash and we were at a party afterwards and Nina started dancing to Blurred Lines and I have literally never seen anything like it. She danced like it was her job. I very nearly (and probably did let’s be real) peed my pants I was laughing so hard.
2. What was your favorite part of co-writing together, and what was the hardest part?
Nina: The favorite, I’d say was getting to write with you best friend and laughing or swooning over Marcello. The hardest, I would say would be balancing out the voices in the book. We didn’t want it to sound “too Alice” or “too Nina” so finding that in between was hard work but our editor, Lauren, really helped with that.
Alice: I think for me my favorite part was sharing the responsibility, which seems strange but for someone who has essentially only ever written solo projects it was a relief sometimes to be able to give something back and say “Dude, I got nothing, you gotta take this scene.” The hardest part? I’d agree with Nina, making sure that we were able to meld our voices into one.
3.Your book, Roman Crazy, and the Broads Abroad series sound like they are about women out traveling the globe. AWESOME! Are you girls world travelers? What are some of your favorite places you have seen? And have you ever traveled together? What is the CRAZIEST thing one or both of you have seen while traveling?
Nina: Yes! We both LOVE to travel and do it as often as possible. I’d say my favorite place to travel so far has been Italy. We’re planning to go together next year! The craziest thing is probably how many proposals I’ve witnessed while traveling. I seem to have a knack for being in the right place at the right time.
Alice: Before WALLBANGER came out I hadn’t been on a real vacation for probably ten years. I’d been working as a corporate trainer and traveled 3-4 days almost weekly for my job, and the last thing I wanted to do when I actually took time off was get back on a plane. Being able to write for a living, and visit the places I’ve literally always dreamed about visiting, as been a dream come true. I think my favorite place I’ve traveled to in the last few years is Prague. I did a signing there almost two years ago, and I still can’t wait to go back. It’s the most beautiful city I’ve ever been to.
4.Ok, if you guys swapped lives with each other for 24 hours, and woke up in the other person’s bed. Which would you raid first, their CLOSET, their DIARY or their FRIDGE?
Nina: Oh, boy! Can I add an option and say I would snuggle with her giant beast of a dog, Matilda? She looks like such a sweetie and I haven’t met her yet!
Alice: Matilda would be thrilled to have the snuggles. If Nina and I were swapping I’d wake up in her bed, grab her kid, call him in sick to school, and head to her mother’s house and eat meatballs all damn day. Her mother can cook…
5.The Broads Abroad Series sounds like SO MUCH FUN! Is the second book already in the planning stages? Do you have details about Book 2 that you would like to share? You are both such awesome writers… do either of you have solo projects coming up that you want to share with us?
Nina: We have quite a few planned! Nothing to share yet but we’re hoping soon. I’m working on a contemporary romantic comedy series and a women’s fiction novel. I have a YA that I’ve recently picked back up too 😉
Alice: Oh lordy I always have several irons in the fire. Which typically burn me…but yes, we’ve got several other Broads Abroad books outlined and set aside for the future;)
You girls have to live out your days together in an 80’s Movie!!!
1)Which movie do you choose?
Nina: The Goonies!
Alice: Grease 2
2) Which characters in that movie do each of you choose to be?
Alice: OMG Stephanie Zinone. I literally wanted to be her when I was little. Also Olivia Newton John from Xanadu, I wanted to be an Alice/Stephanie/Olivia hybrid.
3) You each get to choose one plot twist to write in, to change the film, what will it be?
Nina: I wouldn’t change a thing. The Goonies is perfections. Goonies never say die! I think I want a Goonies tattoo now… hmmmm…
Alice: The plot wrist is instead of Michelle Pfeiffer STEPHANIE ZINONE IS ALICE CLAYTON!!!