We are happy to present an interview with the authors of MOTHER, Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross.
JS: Welcome to Books That Hook! I’m so happy to have you both here today for an interview. Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions.
AC (Alistair Cross) & TT (Tamara Thorne): We’re glad to be here! Thanks for having us!
JS: Please tell me something about your new book that readers would not know from reading the synopsis.
AC: It was originally intended to have a very small cast. It grew. A lot.
TT: MOTHER has a playlist. And there’s a shop in town called The Fudge Depot.
JS: What aspect of writing a book together did you enjoy the most?
AC: Writing together is a lot of fun because we do it side-by-side. We live several states apart, but we work in the Cloud and talk via Skype, so we’re both present at all times, in every scene. MOTHER is our third collaborative novel, and I enjoy each one a little more than the last. As writers – and as collaborators – we’re growing. We’re exploring new avenues of creative expression and new territories in fiction. MOTHER is the first of its kind for us, and I really enjoyed watching it grow from a quick hard-hitting thriller into the long lingering look into the bedroom windows of every house on Morning Glory Circle, the neighborhood where this novel is set.
TT: Probably the sheer glee we felt every time the story took another creepy, unexpected turn was the biggest thrill. We did a lot of maniacal giggling during the writing. We always do. Writing together is a joy we don’t take for granted.
JS: Did you encounter any challenges during the writing process? If so, what were they?
AC: The hardest part of this novel, for me, was the required research. We had to learn about a lot of things that were rather disturbing.
TT: Getting up in the morning. That is always the biggest challenge for me.
JS: What do you like the most about writing horror?
AC: Being able to touch on the deeper aspects of existence – being allowed to ask the harder questions. You can’t really get very philosophical with a lot of genres, but horror requires examination; it demands answers and meaning.
TT: It’s very cathartic. Getting to do horrible things to people lets you get your stress out. Horror and humor are intimately connected – as Hitchcock so masterfully demonstrated. Writing horror inevitably puts me in a very good mood.
JS: Are there other genres you enjoy writing? Please explain.
AC: I never think about genre when I write, but I enjoy anything that allows me to explore the darker regions of the mind, the hidden secrets of the soul, and the core territory of human motivation.
TT: Horror can be a genre unto itself when it involves a trope like vampires, werewolves, or zombies. But it’s also an aspect within virtually all other genres. Mother would be classified by a bookstore as a psychological thriller, but it oozes horror as well as a Peyton Place vibe, too. It’s quite possible Mother contains a ghost … the reader will have to decide. I could write science fiction, a western (Thunder Road) or even a romance, but they would all contain horror. That’s what keeps me entertained. I won’t write anything I don’t have a keen interest in, but a ghost or a serial killer or a shadow-filled house – any of those – in almost any genre – will intrigue me.
JS: Do you plan to write more books together?
AC: Absolutely. This partnership began with mutual compatibility and a skeletal idea for a short story about witches. It evolved, eventually growing into “Thorne & Cross,” which is our full-time gig. And we love it. They say writing is a lonely vocation. That hasn’t been my experience at all.
TT: Exactly. We’re just beginning the sequel to my vampire novel, Candle Bay. Alistair’s Crimson Corset vamps will be joining mine in this book, expanding both our series. Later this year, we’re writing a supernatural thriller, and next year we’re doing an apocalyptic novel. And we continually work on our Ravencrest Saga books. That’s just the tip of the iceberg, so yes, we plan to write many more books together. It’s so much fun in our virtual office that even when we’re working on solos, we write “together.”
We also collaborate on our weekly radio show, Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!
JS: What do you feel is the most important mistake to warn aspiring authors not to make?
AC: Don’t take advice from anyone who isn’t where you want to be.
TT: Don’t write in a genre because you think that will make you money. Write what you love to read.
About the Authors: Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross
Tamara Thorne is the author of many novels including international bestsellers, Haunted, Moonfall, Bad Things, and The Sorority. She’s been interested in ghost stories all her life and has been published since 1991. Alistair Cross’ debut novel, The Crimson Corset, was an immediate bestseller which earned praise from vampire-lit veteran Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, as well as NYT bestselling author of The Walking Dead, Jay Bonansinga. In 2012, Thorne and Cross joined forces and they have since completed three novels, The Cliffhouse Haunting, which reached the bestsellers list in its first week of release, the successful Gothic The Ghosts of Ravencrest, and Mother, which is due out this spring. They are currently working on their next projects, which are slated for release throughout 2015 and 2016.
Together, Thorne and Cross host the popular Horror/Thriller/Paranormal-themed radio show, Thorne & Cross Haunted Nights LIVE!, which has included such guests as worldwide bestseller, V.C. Andrews, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter novels, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jay Bonansinga of the Walking Dead series, Peter Atkins, screenplay writer of Hellraiser 2, 3, and 4, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro of the Saint-Germain vampire series, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels that inspired the hit television series, and New York Times bestsellers Christopher Rice, Jonathan Maberry, Christopher Moore.
Check out Alistair Cross and Tamara Thorne’s new book MOTHER, being published by Glass Apple Press in Spring 2016.
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 …
Nothing escapes Prissy’s watchful eye, nothing 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.
Home is Where the Terror Is …
Jason Holbrook loves his wife. He’s heard Claire’s stories about Priscilla, but now it seems Mother has mended her ways, and as he uncovers a cache of vile family secrets, he begins to wonder who the real monster is. Lives are in danger – and Jason must face a horrifying truth … a truth that may destroy him … and will forever change his definition of “Mother.”