“The name Lark came to me immediately when I started thinking about this idea. I don’t know where it even came from, but I loved it. I wanted to give her sister a name just as pretty and unique, which led me to Wren,” said Cross. “What’s funny is that after I chose their names I realized they’d help me keep the sisters straight.”
Sisters of Blood and Spirit is about identical twin sisters, Lark and Wren. Wren Noble was born dead. She lives for the moments when her twin sister allows her to step inside her body and experience the living. Lark doesn’t exactly fit in with the living, though a recent suicide attempt showed she’s not ready to join her sister in the afterlife. When the boy who helped save Lark’s life reaches out for help, the sisters become the focus of a malevolent spirit.
Cross may write about the living and the dead, but more than anything, Sisters of Blood and Spirit is about the importance of family. Although Lark has a bad relationship with her parents, Lark has an amazing relationship with Wren. The sisters would do anything for each other.
“I love the dynamic that exists only between sisters,” said Cross, the youngest of four girls in her family. “The fact that they are identical is a big part of the arc of the characters. Not to give spoilers, but [the second book]addresses what the girls are in more detail. Boys wouldn’t fit what I have planned.”
With the importance of family, it’s no surprise that Sisters of Blood and Spirit is a tribute to her mother.
“I grew up believing in ghosts. My mother believed in them, and she passed that on to me. I was never taught to be afraid of them, though I certainly read enough ghost stories and watched enough ghost movies,” said Cross. “She would have loved Lark and Wren.”
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