Writing a Love Interest: My Inspiration

Or, How I Can’t Let Go of Cullen Stanton Rutherford. I’m of the opinion that in most, if not all, novel romances the love interest is in large part a reflection of what the author themselves find attractive. I mean, write what you know, right? And so it follows that there are models of these attractive qualities from which to gain inspiration. In the case of Tor, the central love interest in my upcoming novel The Seeds of Winter, my inspiration for his character came from video games. Specifically, from former Templar-Commander-turned-Inquisition-Advisor hottie Cullen Stanton Rutherford. If you’ve played Dragon Read More

Attention Dystopian Writers: March is Dystopian Month on awcrossauthor.com!

    Do you write dystopic fiction? March is Dystopia Month on awcrossauthor.com. If you’re interested in guest-blogging, answering a few questions about writing dystopia, or have a dystopic novel on special promotion in March, get in touch here. I look forward to hearing from you! (meme via supercogitans, pearltrees.com) Save Save

The Eternal Love of Deanna Troi

One of the greatest love affairs in science fiction centered around the half-human, half- Betazoid empath Deanna Troi, counselor (among other roles) of the USS Starship Enterprise-D. A deeply passionate woman, Troi had her her share of love among the stars in her years aboard the ship. Some were good; intense but short-lived (Wyatt Miller, Aaron Conor, and Thomas Riker), some were bad (I’m looking at you Devoni Ral and Ves Alker) and some never really got off the ground (Reginald Barclay and Worf….aaah Worf). But one love remained constant for much of her adult life. This steadfast companion comforted Read More

Why Do You Read SFR? Why Do You Write It? Tracy Cooper-Posey Asks 24 Authors

What is it you love about reading Science Fiction Romance? Is it the gleaming curve of an androids thigh? The exotic eyes of an alien species as they darken with lust? The epic sweep of a love story among the stars? Emma Darcy Award-winning author romance author Tracy Cooper-Posey recently posed this question to a number of science fiction romance authors, along with the question of why they write in the genre. If you’ve ever wondered what inspires SFR authors,  24 Science Fiction Romance Authors and Why They Write SFR will give you some great answers. I was lucky enough Read More


FEBRUARY PROMOTIONS MIND THE BEGINNING by Jenn Nixon After Dina Ranger loses telepathic contact with her twin brother, Duncan, she breaks into his apartment and stumbles onto a special government unit responsible for monitoring the psychic population. She’s offered a job where she can use her psionic gifts to help people. Stranded on earth over a hundred years ago, Liam of Shria is searching for a metal needed to repair his ship when he finds Dina inside an alien escape pod and narrowly saves her after she trips the alarm. As the mystery and their relationship deepens, Liam helps Dina Read More


Welcome to the fiction home of author A.W. Cross! Maybe you’re here because you’ve read my non-fiction or because you’re part of my awesome network. Maybe you’re my mom. Or maybe you’ve landed here by mistake. Whatever the reason, I’m happy to have you. For those of you who don’t know me, I’m a Canadian (and sometimes British) author and blogger. On the non-fiction side, I write about living with chronic illness, particularly IBD. On the fiction side, I explore speculative and science fiction with a twist of romance. My debut novel, The Seeds of Winter, will be available later Read More