Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
We each began writing in the primary grades – and were equally smitten with ghosts and monsters from the very beginning, both to read about and write about. Both of us really got off on telling our friends “true” ghost stories about haunted neighborhood houses and never really understood how much we frightened the other kids until a few told us after adulthood. Needless to say, we were tickled since we each chose to continue scaring people to make our livings. Tamara was first published in 1991 and Alistair in 2012. We began working together at that time.
Which writers inspire you?
Tamara has always been inspired by Ray Bradbury. For Alistair, it’s Edgar Allan Poe.
Have you written any other novels in collaboration with other writers?
We have both collaborated before and weren’t interested in doing it again until we met each other, and realized that collaborating was something that was simply meant to be.
When did you decide to become a writer?
There was no decision to be made – both of us were born wanting to write. Tamara spent her childhood singing Paperback Writer and writing satires of Dark Shadows and Star Trek. As for Alistair, when asked to use words in sentences for spelling class, he delighted in finding new, shocking ways to add luster to the assignments. Parents and teachers both convinced us to develop other ways to make money, but in the end, we came back to writing because that’s what makes us happy.
Do you write full-time or part-time?
We both write full-time. And often, time and a half.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
We start with a basic concept and spend some time building the world and its characters. We get an idea of the basic direction of the story, but allow it to unfold as we write it. We have an end – or a few possible ends – in mind, but enjoy letting the characters take the reigns. The surprises are our favorite part of the process.
Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers?
We have a publicist who does a wonderful job finding us guest posts, reviewers, and interviewers.
What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?
We avoid reading reviews, good or bad, as much as possible. Good reviews feel great, bad reviews do not, but both only make you feel self-conscious. We believe in writing what we love. We write for the joy of it and are proud of our work. As long as we’re happy with the story, we know that most readers will enjoy it, too.
How can readers discover more about you and you work?
Anything and everything readers would like to know about either of us can be found at our websites: tamarathorne.com and alistaircross.com
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