1. Tell me about your book, The Erotic Adventures of Belinda, and where you got your inspiration for it?
The Erotic Adventures of Belinda is a serialized novel with new installments being released about every 4 to 6 weeks. It’s about a young woman who starts a job as a governess to the children of a mysterious millionaire who lives in an unbelievably beautiful and allegedly haunted manor house. It was inspired by a profound love of Gothic Romance – a genre my collaborator, Tamara Thorne, and I have both long wanted to write.
2. Do you admire your own work?
3. Do you enjoy giving interviews?
It’s part of the territory, and sometimes it’s a nice break from writing.
4. What is the most demeaning thing said about you as a writer and how did you bounce back from it?
I don’t know that I’ve ever been demeaned exactly, at least not that I’ve heard, but reviews can be scathing, and the people around you can – unknowingly or deliberately – be hyper-critical. I don’t read my own reviews, and I rely on the feedback of professionals, a handful of literary veterans, and few honest readers.
Between them, I get all the feedback I need, so uninvited opinions are always a challenge. You have to be careful who you listen to. Everyone has an opinion, but before taking advice, take an honest look at the person giving it. If they’ve achieved the success you’d like to enjoy, consider their advice. If they haven’t, be cautious.
5. What’s the most blatant lie you’ve ever told?
“It will only hurt a little.”
6. While you were writing, did you ever feel as if you were one of the characters?
Absolutely. Writing is like having an acting career without ever having to leave the house.
7. Have you ever hated something you wrote?
Yes, so I re-wrote it.
8. Do you push the elevator button more than once? Does it really make it go faster?
I do… and I’m convinced it does.
9. Sunrises or Sunsets?
Sunset. That’s when life begins.
10. If you could ask your future self, one question, what would it be?
Am I doing the right things?
11. Would you rather be the good guy or the bad guy in a movie?
Bad guy. I don’t think I could play a good guy.
12. What eye colour do you find sexiest?
Green eyes have always captivated me, but it’s more about what’s inside the eyes than the color of them.
13. How did you chose your genre?
I didn’t, and as far as I’m concerned, I still haven’t.
14. Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or is it all imagination?
I don’t think you can entirely escape inserting a bit of personal experience into your writing, but I have never purposefully really wanted to share my personal experiences.
15. Which character speaks the loudest to you? Do any of them clamour to be heard over the rest?
Mrs. Heller from Belinda is pretty talkative. She wants a lot more stage time. It must be very hard for her…
16. What was the point you realised that being an author was no longer a dream but a reality?
When it started consuming all my time and I realized how much I’d sacrificed for it.
17. How do you handle working with an editor without letting pride get in the way?
I’ve never been given bad advice by an editor, so it hasn’t been an issue… yet.
18. What alcoholic beverages do you favour when you hit a wall?
19. How do you deal with brilliant ideas that pop up while you’re writing something else?
I am constantly building the next story. I have them all in files, so I just add to them as I go.
20. What’s your Porn Star name? (To get this you add the name of your first pet to the name of the street on which you lived as a child.)
THE NEW GOVERNESS
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.
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. It didn’t matter. Nothing mattered but that voice …
Note: I have read the first installment of Belinda's story and highly recommend it. Sonnet x
Alistair Cross was born in a small town in the western United States. In 2012, his first novel, a collaborative effort titled Beautiful Monster was published by Damnation books. He has currently joined forces with veteran international bestseller Tamara Thorne to produce The Erotic Adventures of Belinda, as well as several more upcoming projects, both solo and with Tamara Thorne.
Website : http://alistaircross.com