My visitor today is Anne-Marie Ormsby, author of the fabulous Purgatory Hotel. If you’re a fan of dark hotel stories like The Shining you’ll love this!
Dakota Crow has been murdered, her body dumped in a lonely part of the woods and nobody knows but her and her killer. Stranded in Purgatory, a rotting hotel at the edge of forever, with no memory of her death, Dakota knows she must have done something bad to be stuck there with murderers and rapists. To get to somewhere safer she must hide from the shadowy stranger that is stalking her through the corridors of the hotel and find out how to repent of her sins. But first she must relive her life. Soon she will learn about her double life, a damaging love affair, terrible secrets and lies that led to her violent death. She must face her demons and make amends for her own crimes before she can solve her murder and move on. But when she finds out what she did wrong will she be truly sorry?
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Hello Anne-Marie, welcome to the coffee shop. What would you like to eat and drink?
Hot chocolate and cheese toastie would be perfect!
Great choice. I think I’ll join you. Now, if you could invite just two authors (alive or dead) to dinner who would they be?
I would have to invite Jack Kerouac and Ray Bradbury. They have both inspired my writing immensely and anyone who is an icon can seem larger than life, so I’d just like to get drunk with them and be humans together.
How does where you live inspire what you write?
I live in London and it is a very fast paced busy lifestyle, which has always caused me to seek out the quiet back streets and the areas where tourists don’t go. At the weekends I love going into the city and wandering the empty streets that during the week are crammed with office workers. I think that in my writing I do the same – I try to find the undercurrent, the places that people don’t go to, find the alternative to the place where everyone else goes.
What is the story behind your story?
It was initially inspired by a song by Nick Cave called ‘God’s Hotel,’ It got me to thinking about what the afterlife would be like if it involved being in a hotel. I generally find hotels to be a bit creepy, The Shining is the most frightening movie I have ever seen, and I think it affected how I see hotels. But once I had the setting I then began to develop the ideas of how one would be able to atone for something they couldn’t remember doing, and the twisted tale of Jackson and Dakota was born.
What genre would you describe this as and why did you choose to write in this genre?
I always think of it as a whodunit, but its really paranormal fiction. I’ve always been drawn to the darker side of literature and movies, I grew up reading Ray Bradbury and Stephen King and the only romantic novel I’ve ever really liked was Wuthering Heights which is as dark as it gets when it comes to love! Also I’m Irish and the Irish love a good old ghost story, my Nana used to tell us stories about Banshees so I think the paranormal must be in my blood.
Who inspired you to become an author?
The first time I wanted to become a write was after reading a book called The October Country by Ray Bradbury. I was totally swept away by his prose and I just wanted to start writing, so I did. But it was my mum and dad who encouraged me, they used to give me all the books and even bought me notebooks to write my stories in. Also my older brother enjoyed writing too so he also used to encourage me to use my imagination to create stories.
Describe your dream writing room!
It would be an attic room with lots of windows looking out over a wood/lake/cemetery. I’d have a desk facing out looking over the view and the rest of the room would be full of books and something to play music on (I always listen to music when I write). It would also have a wine rack because I like to drink when I write, it loosens up my brain and lets the ideas out.
And what are you working on next?
I’m just starting to formulate the plot for another paranormal fiction novel, this time set in London, it’s a reworking of a novel I wrote in my early 20’s that I find a bit cringey to read now but it had some good ideas in it so I’m going to develop it.
Sounds great. Good luck with it and I hope you’ll pop back into the coffee shop in the future and tell us about it!
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