Alistair Cross was born in the western United States and began penning his own stories by the age of eight. First published in 2012, Alistair has since written several more books. His debut solo novel, The Crimson Corset, a vampiric tale of terror and seduction, was an immediate bestseller which earned praise from veteran vampire-lit author, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, and New York Times bestseller, Jay Bonansinga, author of The Walking Dead series. In 2012, Alistair joined forces with international bestselling author, Tamara Thorne, and as Thorne & Cross, they write, among other things, the successful Gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their debut collaboration, The Cliffhouse Haunting, reached the bestseller’s list in its first week of release. Learn more about Alistair at: http://alistaircross.com
Some highlights of Alistair Cross’ life to date:
1977 – born in Mt. Pleasant, Utah
1983 – read a book called The Ghost That Goofed, and fell in love with the name Belinda, developed a worrisome interest in fire
1984 – was mauled by an angry turkey, discovered rock music
1985 – discovered Stephen King
1986 – Halloween-themed short story assignment was ridiculed (and we’re talking absolutely trashed!) by teacher in front of entire class, considered becoming a novelist for the first time, began writing stories
1987 – Saw Carrie and the Nightmare on Elm Street movies, wrote more stories (most of which featured an unmanageably extensive cast of talking cats)
1988 – dressed as a hooker for Halloween and decided being a cross-dresser wasn’t in the future
1990 – began writing really bad poetry inspired by Stevie Nicks’ lyrics, wrote lots of stories about talking cats
1993 – moved to a new state, didn’t write much
1994 – moved to several new states, began work in fast food, unapologetically dropped out of high school
1995 – moved again, made up all missing credits in five months and received high school diploma, reluctantly cut mullet, began writing again
1996 – got discouraged with writing, considered being a paramedic
1997 – attended my first rock concert and cried a little when Stevie Nicks stepped onto stage
1998 – decided against being a paramedic, discovered the work of Dean Koontz, John Saul, and Tamara Thorne, decided to be a writer again
1999 – Stalked Tamara Thorne via mother’s AOL dial-up connection to the interwebs
2000 – discovered vodka, read Wuthering Heights and Rebecca
2001 – 2004 – lived in a vodka-induced blur, went to some parties, took a lot of pictures of people and stuff
2005 – had a spiritual awakening, renounced vodka and photography, became very serious about writing, penned 75% of a novel titled The White Room
2006 – lost The White Room in what is now and forever known as The Tragic Internet-Porn-Related Computer Virus Catastrophe of ‘06
2007 – 2010 – wrote lots of poetry, penned several new stories, practiced the craft of novel-writing, took courses in Creative Writing, won a short-story contest, submerged self in books about writing, began several novels
2011 – became disgusted with life, quit job of thirteen years, moved out of state, finished The White Room, was rejected by 257 agents and publishers, continued writing and being disgusted with life
2012 – got first book published (not The White Room), began doing author interviews via blog, met Tamara Thorne, peed a little when invited to write with her
2013 – got a cat, realized how bad The White Room sucked and pulled it out of circulation, continued writing with Tamara Thorne, released the first installments of Belinda, later titled, The Ghosts of Ravencrest
2014 – wrote The Cliffhouse Haunting with Tamara Thorne, began the radio show, Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!, began rewriting The White Room from the ground up after gleefully trashing the original manuscript
2015 – publication of The Cliffhouse Haunting, publication of The Ghosts of Ravencrest, publication of The Crimson Corset (formerly known as The White Room!!!) began new collaboration with Tamara, began new solo novel. The Cliffhouse Haunting and The Crimson Corset reach bestseller’s list
2016 – got another cat, finished the novel, Mother, began second volume of The Ravencrest Saga
Tamara Thorne’s first novel was published in 1991. Since then she has written many more, including international bestsellers Haunted, Bad Things, Moonfall, and The Sorority. Tamara’s interest in writing is lifelong, as is her fascination with the paranormal, occult, mythology and folklore. She’s been an avid ghost story collector and writer all her life. Tamara’s novels range from straight-out ghost stories to tales of witchcraft, conspiracies, UFOs, elemental forces, and vampires. No matter what topic she chooses, chances are you’ll find a ghost or two lurking in the background. Today, she and her frequent collaborator, Alistair Cross, share their worlds and continue to write about ghosts and other mysterious forces. Whether collaborating or writing solo, there is no shortage of humor, sex, blood, and spookiness. Learn more about her at: http://tamarathorne.com
Some highlights of Tamara Thorne’s life to date:
Preferred The Twilight Zone, Outer Limits, and One Step Beyond to cartoons.
Began telling elementary school friends ghost stories at recess. They believed them.
Started collecting “true” ghost story and folklore books, never stopped.
Discovered Ray Bradbury
Began writing, mostly science fiction
Began reading every single Writer’s Yearbook and other writing how-to books in library
Figured out how to rig a seance
Loved Whatever Happened to Baby Jane
Traumatized by Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte
Thought The Ghost and Mr. Chicken was best movie ever made. Still do.
Began writing Star Trek satires. Cracked self up.
Read The Once and Future King.
Hooked on Dark Shadows
Began exploring cemeteries, haven’t stopped
Sang Paperback Writer incessantly
Life-changing book: The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson.
Began writing more horror, but continued reading Bradbury.
First reading of The Lord of the Rings
Secretly listened to classical music
Watched moon landing. Decided against being an astronaut because of urination requirements.
Began writing satire in high school
Turned down college journalism scholarship – hated telling truth
Married high school sweetheart and got a couple cats
Went to college, got business degree to fund book-writing
Secretly listened to classical music
Had really big hair.
Bought a house, got more cats
Hooked on exploring ghost towns
Took five years off from managing offices to write a book.
Had a play produced.
Sold some short stories.
Wrote a book. Sold it as Chris Curry
Secretly listened to classical music
First novel published 1991: Winter Scream
Met Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Douglas Clegg, and QL Pearce. All remain boon companions
Became treasurer of HWA
Second novel published 1993: Trickster
Participated in The Infamous Road Trip to San Francisco with Doug Clegg.
Thunder Road published
The Infamous Trip to the Adult Sex Shoppe with Doug Clegg and whoopee cushions
Retired disliked pen name, Chris Curry
Haunted, Moonfall, Eternity published
Lots of ghost hunting trips
Continued enjoying cats
Openly listened to classical music
Candle Bay, The Forgotten, Bad Things, The Sorority: Eve, The Sorority: Merilynn,
The Sorority: Samantha, new edition of Thunder Road published
Began listening to classic rock instead of classical music
Reissue of all previous Tamara Thorne novels, including The Sorority as omnibus.
Interview with Alistair Cross, didn’t know he was my stalker
Partnership with Alistair Cross
Sang the virtues of cats to Alistair Cross
Began writing short story together that turned into novel (not yet released)
Began collaborating in the Cloud while talking on Skype. Yeah, baby!
Conceived of The Cliffhouse Haunting during five night stay in haunted cabin with former stalker and current collaborator, Alistair Cross
Began writing The Ghosts of Ravencrest, and releasing it as serial novel
Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! debuts on Authors on the Air Network
The Cliffhouse Haunting published
Began work on new collaboration, psychological thriller, Mother
Released the full novel, The Ghosts of Ravencrest, first book in The Ravencrest Saga
Began working on new solo novel to be published in 2016
Began releasing serial episodes of The Witches of Ravencrest, Book 2 in The Ravencrest Saga
Mother scheduled to release in April
Begin new collaboration, Candle Bay sequel, which features vampires of Candle Bay and Crimson Cove
Planned final 2016 novel, called “S.”
Continue to research for 2017 big-ass novel, “BO.”
Thorne & Cross
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, and whether writing individually or as a team, neither has any intention of slowing down anytime soon.
In 2014, Alistair and Tamara began the internet radio show, Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!, which 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, Peter Atkins, author and screenwriter of HELLRAISER 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, and New York Times best sellers Preston and Child, Christopher Rice, Jonathan Maberry, and Christopher Moore.