Interview with Authors Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross

My guests today are Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross, a talented duo.  Hello!  Welcome back to Writing in the Modern Age!  It’s such a pleasure to have you here again.

Can you tell us a little bit about your latest book? When did it come out? Where can we get it?

Our latest book is an ongoing serial novel, The Ghosts of Ravencrest. The first three installments are now available in omnibus form. New adventures appear about every six weeks.  We also have a novel called Grandma’s Rack, that will appear this winter. Our solo novels can be found on Amazon or wherever books are sold. 

Is there anything that prompted your latest book?  Something that inspired you?

We both love gothics, from Rebecca to Dark Shadows. Doing Ghosts of Ravencrest as a serial novel lets us indulge this love and stay in touch with our readers.

Great!  So, when did you know you wanted to write?  Or has it always been a pastime of yours?

We were both born knowing this is what we wanted to do. We’ve both written since early elementary school.
Me too!

Do you have any favorite authors? 

We both like Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Daphne Du Maurier.

Do you write in a specific place?  Time of day?

We write daily, eight hours a day, six days a week, in our virtual office. We call it Skypewriting. We stay connected by voice as we write in the Cloud. We do this whether we’re collaborating or each working on solo books.
That's awesome!

Are there any words you'd like to impart to fellow writers?  Any advice? 

Write what you love and write every day.

Great advice!  Will do.

Readers, here is the blurb for The Ghosts of Ravencrest.

When Belinda Moorland steps across the threshold of Ravencrest Manor, she feels as if she’s entered a fantasy world. The mansion is breathtaking, and her new employer, Eric Manning, is as mysterious as he is handsome.

But after just one night, she begins to suspect there is more to Ravencrest than she was told. Haunted by nightmares and seduced by erotic dreams, Belinda realizes her new home has a dark side. By day, the house and grounds are sublime, but the night is alive with dark shadows and phantom footsteps in empty corridors. Eyes - and hands - are upon her, and not all of them belong to the living.

Here is an excerpt.

Seduced by Darkness
She followed him inside the chamber. It was lit only by guttering wall sconces and the dying flames in a fireplace across the room. Rich tapestries lined the walls and the tall heavy four-poster bed was covered with soft furs.
“Come be with me, Belinda.”
She raised her eyes and looked across the bed. He stood in shadows, but she saw the glint of his teeth as he smiled. “My darling girl.”
Heat rose in her belly and shot lower. Flushed, embarrassed, she looked down at herself, saw her body through the gossamer robe, saw her nipples turning dark and hard. It didn’t matter. Nothing mattered but that voice …
 What people are saying about The Ghosts of Ravencrest:

“If you’ve finished all of Sylvia Day’s Crossfires novels and are craving more, look no further. In The Ghosts of Ravencrest, Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross have created a world that is rich, opulent, and smoldering with the promise of seduction. You’ll be able to feel the slide of the satin sheets, taste the fizz of champagne.”

-Sylvia Shults, author of Double Double Love and Trouble
“The Ghosts of Ravencrest” by Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross is a fun, intricate read.  The erotica is well crafted and the ornate setting descriptions are breath-taking.  Most importantly, from page one, readers fall in love with Belinda.  We care about what happens to her, and we hope exactly what that is remains deliciously extensive!”
-Michael Aronovitz: author of Alice Walks
“Shocking and fun!  The Ghosts of Ravencrest by Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross will leaving you shivering with excitement as the innocent Belinda breaks free of a minimum-wage hell hole only to move into a sprawling Gothic estate where her body becomes the focal point of a mysterious specter.  Out of the pan and into the fire?  Only time will tell.”
-William Malmborg, author of Jimmy and Text Message
Author Bios

 Alistair Cross grew up on horror novels and scary movies, and by the age of eight, began writing his own stories. In 2012, his first novel, Beautiful Monster, was published by Damnation Books. under the pseudonym Jared S. Anderson. Find out more about him at:

   Tamara Thorne's first novel was published in 1991, and since then she has written many more, including international bestsellers Haunted, Bad Things, Moonfall, and The Sorority. Her novel, Thunder Road, hit bookstores in September, 2014. Learn more about her at:

In collaboration, Thorne and Cross are currently writing The Ghosts of Ravencrest, a sexy serial novel full of dark shadows, ghosts, witches, and mysteries. (The first three installments, Darker Shadows, Awakening, and The New Governess are now available in omnibus form.) Their horror novel, Grandma’s Rack, will appear this winter, and another big horror novel is almost complete.

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