[Author Interview] – Alistair Cross | Sleep, Savannah, Sleep

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Alistair Cross

ATAI: Tell us a little about you.

Alistair: I grew up in a small town in Utah where I really just didn’t fit in. As someone who was painfully introverted and not at all interested in athletics, I had trouble finding channels of self-expression and often lost myself in books, music, and movies. I discovered horror when I was about eight years old, and I suppose I fell in love with it because it was the most thrilling, exciting, and emotionally stimulating thing around me at that time. To me, horror was – and still is – the antithesis of normal and boring, and movies like Carrie and The Amityville Horror, and stories like Dracula and The Tell-Tale Heart were the first things to ever hold me down and demand my full attention.   

ATAI: How long have you been writing?

Alistair: I’ve never thought of myself as anything but just a regular writer. It never occurred to me that I was a “horror writer” until other people began pointing it out to me. But I don’t think the label or the package is the important thing. The important things are the voice, the story, and above all, the characters – and as long as I can write what I want to, I don’t care if the world says I’m a Christian Neuroscience Erotic Thriller author.

ATAI: What was your most recent release?

Alistair: A paranormal murder mystery called Sleep, Savannah, Sleep. It’s about a recently widowed father named Jason Crandall who moves to a little town called Shadow Springs. As he and his young daughter, Amber, and rebellious teenage son, Brent, get settled in, Jason begins meeting the locals and quickly realizes that under its smooth surface, Shadow Springs is rife with scandal, secrets, and more bad blood than a battleground. After a beautiful young socialite named Savannah Sturgess goes missing, Jason’s childhood night terrors return and he begins having terrifying dreams that convince him the woman has been murdered. When her body turns up in the same place Jason predicts it will, he finds himself under suspicion and the only things that can help him prove his innocence are the macabre, otherworldly messages from the dead woman herself.

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ATAI: What do you love most about writing?

Alistair: I had a lot of fun creating the characters because I had to write them knowing upfront that each of them had to be a potential murder suspect – which automatically made them a lot more interesting.

ATAI: What do you find most challenging?

Alistair: The hardest part of this book was planting enough clues that the big reveal was believable without giving it away too soon.

ATAI: Where do your ideas come from?

Alistair: I’d like to say something really interesting, like the darkest, moistest parts of my black soul or something, but the truth is, I don’t really know. Ideas come from everywhere, all the time. Conversations with friends, movies, books, lightning bolts of inspiration while scrubbing my feet in the shower … it’s anybody’s guess where these things come from, really.

ATAI: What is your writing process?

Alistair: It’s always strange when you realize that your work is being read. What I mean is, you spend so much time writing in a little room, and then, when you make that rare real-world appearance and happen upon someone who has actually read your work, it’s always a little surreal. I think that’s because I never think about anything but the story in front of me when I’m writing – and when the book’s finished, I start thinking about the next one. I never think about anyone reading it, so when I find someone who has, I’m always a bit surprised.

ATAI: Do your characters (or message) ever seem to have a life of their own or an agenda of their own?

Alistair: My characters absolutely have agendas of their own – and if they don’t, it means I’m not listening to them. I think that when an author decides he or she is going to lay down the law and force the plot to go a certain way, they’re robbing themselves of the true magic of the story – and all the surprises along the way. Stephen King once said that plot is the last resort of bad writers – and I agree. I believe in following the characters and allowing them to show you where the story leads. When you trust them, they’ll take you places you never could have come up with on your own.

ATAI: What’s your favorite part of your book (or one of your books)?

Alistair: It’s a toss-up between the beginning and the end of every book – both of which are the most exciting times for me.

ATAI: What are you working on next?

Alistair: The next thing readers will see from me is Darling Girls, a collaboration with Tamara Thorne. Darling Girls is unique because it’s a follow-up of Tamara’s vampire novel Candle Bay, as well as my own novel, The Crimson Corset. Tamara and I gleefully tied our respective vampire worlds together and Darling Girls is the surprising result. It continues the Candle Bay story, and includes my vampires, Michael, Winter, and Chynna, on a trip to an eerie little tourist trap called Eternity for a vampire family reunion … with plenty of blood-spill along the way.

ATAI: Where can people find you online?

Alistair: The best place to find me and a list of all of my social media outlets is at my website, alistaircross.com

ATAI: Thank you for sharing with us and our audience.

Alistair: Thank you for having me!


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Mother by Thorne & Cross

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Mother

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Book Description:

A Girl’s Worst Nightmare is Her Mother … 
Priscilla Martin. She’s the diva of Morning Glory Circle and a driving force in the quaint California town of Snapdragon. Overseer of garage sales and neighborhood Christmas decorations, she is widely admired. But few people know the real woman behind the perfectly coiffed hair and Opium perfume. 

Family is Forever. And Ever and Ever … 
No one escapes Prissy’s watchful eye. No one that is, except her son, who committed suicide many years ago, and her daughter, Claire, who left home more than a decade past and hasn’t spoken to her since. But now, Priscilla’s daughter and son-in-law have fallen on hard times. Expecting their first child, the couple is forced to move back … And Prissy is there to welcome them home with open arms … and to reclaim her broken family. 

The Past Isn’t Always as Bad as You Remember. 
Sometimes it’s Worse … 
Claire has terrible memories of her mother, but now it seems Priscilla has mended her ways. When a cache of vile family secrets is uncovered, Claire struggles to determine fact from fiction, and her husband, Jason, begins to wonder who the monster really is. Lives are in danger – and Claire and Jason must face a horrifying truth … a truth that may destroy them … and will forever change their definition of “Mother.” 


Tamara Thorne & Alastair Cross

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In collaboration, Thorne & Cross have written The Cliffhouse Haunting, The Ghosts of Ravencrest, and Mother, as well as the ongoing Ravencrest Saga, a serialization with new installments appearing every four to six weeks. They are currently at work on their next solo novels and a new collaborative project. In 2014, Alistair and Tamara began the internet radio show, Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!

Neither has any intention of slowing down anytime soon.

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Tamara Thorne: http://www.tamarathorne.com/
Alistair Cross: http://www.alistaircross.com/


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The Crimson Corset – Bram Stoker Eat Your Heart Out

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The Crimson Corset

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Book Description:

Welcome to Crimson Cove

Sheltered by ancient redwoods overlooking the California coast, the cozy village of Crimson Cove has it all: sophisticated retreats, fine dining, and a notorious nightclub, The Crimson Corset. It seems like a perfect place to relax and get close to nature. But not everything in Crimson Cove is natural.

When Cade Colter moves to town, he expects it to be peaceful to the point of boredom. But he quickly learns that after the sun sets and the fog rolls in, the little tourist town takes on a whole new kind of life – and death.

Darkness at the Edge of Town

Renowned for its wild parties and history of debauchery, The Crimson Corset looms on the edge of town, inviting patrons to sate their most depraved desires and slake their darkest thirsts. Proprietor Gretchen VanTreese has waited centuries to annihilate the Old World vampires on the other side of town and create a new race – a race that she alone will rule. When she realizes Cade Colter has the key that will unlock her plan, she begins laying an elaborate trap that will put everyone around him in mortal danger.

Blood Wars

The streets are running red with blood, and as violence and murder ravage the night, Cade must face the darkest forces inside himself, and perhaps even abandon his own humanity, in order to protect what he loves.


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The Mastermind behind The Crimson Corset:

Alistair Cross

Alistair Cross was born in the western United States and began penning his own stories by the age of eight. First published by Damnation Books in 2012, Alistair has since published several more novels. In 2012, he joined forces with international bestselling author, Tamara Thorne, and as Thorne & Cross, they write the successful Gothic series, The Ghosts of Ravencrest. Their newest novel, The Cliffhouse Haunting, is an Amazon Best Seller, and this summer also sees the release of Alistair’s solo novel, The Crimson Corset.

In 2014, Alistair and Tamara began the internet radio show, Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! Haunted Nights LIVE! premiered to great acclaim and has featured such guests as Chelsea Quinn Yarbro of the Saint-Germain vampire series, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels that inspired the hit television series, Jay Bonansinga of the Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter novels, and New York Times best sellers Christopher Rice, Jonathan Maberry, and Christopher Moore.

Alistair is currently at work on several projects including a solo novel and a new Thorne & Cross collaboration. His influences include the works of Stephen King, Dean Koontz, John Saul, Ira Levin, and William Peter Blatty.


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