Welcome to author Jayce Ellis joining us today to talk about their new release “Alex’s Law”.
Hi, guys! Today I’m offering a sneak peek behind the scenes with Alex Corrigan, the poor clerk in love with his boss. We talk about his interview, his relationship with his best friend, and his plans for the future. Enjoy!
BEHIND THE SCENES: ALEX CORRIGAN
So, tell us about your interview with Lawson.
Oh boy. Okay, so it was the end of the day, and I thought I was being smart by arranging to have four interviews that day. That way I only had to put on one suit, I was in the same courthouse, and I only missed one day of class. Yeah, I know, a third-year law student still concerned about classes. Not the norm, I assure you. But Law was my last interview, and by the time I got there, my fingers hurt, my voice was hoarse, and I’d answered the same questions so many times that I wasn’t sure what was real and what was imaginary. They don’t tell you that judges like to make you research and do a memo, like a real working interview. I was so not prepared for that. By the time I get to him, I’m in a real, I-don’t-care-anymore-please-God-make-it-stop mood. Awesome.
Then I walk in and see the sexiest man I’ve ever laid eyes on sitting behind his desk, his sleeves all rolled up, his tie loose, his hair all messy like he’s been running his hands through it, and I wanted to crawl over the desk and into his lap and never leave. Naturally, my first thought was, “Oh God, I cannot work for this man.” I’d never get a thing done.
And then we start talking, and I realize that he’s just as nervous as I am, and I calmed down after that. Our interview ended up being more of a conversation, not a rigid interview. I didn’t even have to do another memo, hallelujah. And I remember thinking that that’s the man I want to clerk for. Not because he was fine as all get out, but because he was sincere and genuine, and I thought I could learn a lot from him, even though he was a new judge. So when I got the phone call informing me that I got the position, I was thrilled.
Your friend Brendan really came through for you the night of the Christmas party. What’s your relationship with him like?
Bren and I go way back. We met our freshman year of college, but moved in together sophomore year, and I never roomed with anyone else. He’s my best friend, the only one who really gets me, who always sees me as just Alex and not a lawyer. I think we both thought about dating, but no. We’re both way better off as friends. He’s worked in a restaurant since college, and he’s great at making people comfortable around him. He also makes some of the best drinks ever. So I’d had my fingers crossed that he would be able to help out for the Christmas party because he hadn’t mentioned having plans, but he came through for me in the best way possible. And, since he’s the one who pushed me to give things a chance with Law, I guess I owe him the biggest favor of a lifetime. Knowing him, it’ll probably be my firstborn child.
So, how were people when you came back to work in the New Year?
For me, it wasn’t a huge deal. Most of the other clerks just wanted to talk about what happened at the Christmas party, instead of talking about me hooking up with my boss. Which I totally understand, because if it had been anyone else, I’d absolutely do the same thing. But no one seemed have an issue about me dating Law or whether I should still work for him. The best part was that a bunch of clerks offered to help out with the overload from working with both Law and Roberts, so that was great. I actually got a bit tighter with the rest of the clerks as a result.
What are your plans for after your clerkship ends?
Sleep for a year! Seriously, working for two judges is painful. But really, I’ll probably find a job at a firm, preferably a small farm at a little more intimate, and if I’m lucky, not have to be in court too much. But right now I’m still looking, so I’ll let you know as soon as I know. If nothing comes up immediately, I’ve already gotten the grand prize in Law, you know?
Alex Corrigan is in love with his boss, Judge Lawson Daniels, and thinks those feelings are returned. That assumption is sorely tested two days before the court holiday party they’re organizing together, when the venue calls and cancels, followed by a snafu with the caterer. Alex could handle that, but after an intimate dinner followed by a decidedly unromantic e-mail, he’s left wondering about the future of his employment as well as his relationship with the debonair older man.
Law can’t wait to see his clerk again. But Alex is cold and distant in the light of day, and Law doesn’t understand. The party looms in the background, but Law’s excitement is turning to dread. On top of that, someone is sabotaging them, trying to get Alex fired and drive Law off the bench. If there’s any chance for a happy holiday for Alex and Law, they’ll have to find out who.
Jayce Ellis has three loves: her husband and her two turtles. Hubby loves her back. The turtles she’s not so sure about, but they do love their sports (Bay Area teams FTW!). She still hasn’t figured out why she lives in Northern Virginia, where there’s weather, instead of California, where she’s from, and where it’s just…pretty. Jayce spends her days divorcing happily-married couples (or so she’s been told), and her nights talking maniacally to herself. Thankfully the recorder catches her rumblings and magically turns them into words on a screen. Painting nails is way easier when you don’t actually have to type, and with well over 500 polishes to get through, there’s a lot of painting going on.
Notwithstanding her no-good, very bad, horrible day job, Jayce seriously believes that true love conquers all. Even Maleficent said it. Sure, she was having an epic Mean Girls moment at the time, but she still said it. And she’s right. The only thing Jayce loves more than writing about true love conquering all, is hearing from readers who feel the same way. Drop her a line; she’d love to hear from you.
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