By nmurray, Jul 20 2017 08:42AM
1. What made you want to write?
I’ve been writing all my life, and was first published in 2012. Later that year, I met horror author Tamara Thorne, whom I’ve been a fan of since the 90s and, without meaning to, we began brainstorming ideas and decided it would be fun to write a short story together. That story turned into a novel. And then another novel. In the meantime, I also continued writing books on my own.
As for what originally made me want to write - writing is the only thing I’ve ever done that has allowed complete expression of my ideas and fully engaged me. Writing makes me happy.
2. Tell us about yourself.
I was born in a very ordinary small town in central Utah where there wasn’t much to do but dream up things that weren’t ordinary at all. As far back as I can remember, I never had any interest in the American Dream. I never thought about having children, buying a house, getting a good job, and retiring at the appropriate age. I just knew that wasn’t me and that I’d never be happy unless I was creating something artistic and meeting brilliant people who did amazing things.
3. What have you written and what are you working on now?
As a solo act, I’ve written The Crimson Corset, The Book of Strange Persuasions, The Angel Alejandro, and my upcoming paranormal murder/mystery, Sleep Savannah Sleep.
With Tamara Thorne, I’ve co-authored The Cliffhouse Haunting, The Ghosts of Ravencrest, Mother, and The Witches of Ravencrest, book two in the Ravencrest Saga.
I’ve just begun my next solo novel, a thriller that takes place high in the snow-covered California mountains, and Tamara Thorne and I are working on Darling Girls, a continuation of our respective vampire novels, Candle Bay (Tamara Thorne) and The Crimson Corset (by me.)
4. Tell us about your latest book, Sleep Savannah Sleep.
Sleep Savannah Sleep takes place in Shadow Springs, California. Jason Crandall, recently widowed, has moved to town with hopes that it will be an opportunity for him and his two children to start over. No sooner does he begin meeting the quirky townspeople than Savannah Sturgess, a beautiful young socialite, goes missing. Despite his best efforts, Jason becomes entangled in the unsolved crime when he’s plagued by mysterious, terrifying visions and dreams that lead him (and the police) to Savannah’s murdered corpse. And when Jason falls under suspicion, he soon realizes the only way to clear his name is to find Savannah’s killer himself. But what he doesn’t know is that the truth is more terrifying than he - or anyone in Shadow Springs - could have ever imagined.
5. How do you market your book(s) and do your promotion methods work?
My philosophy is that writing is a lot more than simply writing. It’s a business, and like any business, it takes hard work, extra hours, self-discipline, and more hard work.
As for marketing, it’s important to do events and raise awareness. I employ a publicist who helps me out in this way, and also, Tamara and I have a weekly horror-themed radio show, Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!, where we interview authors and talk about writing. This helps get the word out about our work as well … but the single most important book marketing strategy, in my experience, is writing a damned good book that people want to read. And then another one, and another one after that.
6. Where can readers find your book(s) for sale?
Amazon carries all my titles, and my website, alistaircross.com, has all the necessary links.
Thank you Alistair for letting us into your writing world :)