Friday, February 16, 2018

Anne-Marie Ormsby and the Purgatory Hotel

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Anyone who follows my blog will know that I'm more than a little partial to paranormal books-

Anne-Marie Ormsby's "Purgatory Hotel" fits the bill perfectly and I can honestly say it's one of the best books I read in 2017.

Here's my review:

 I do like a little bit of paranormal to a story. Well I got it in shed-loads in Anne-Marie Ormsby's novel, Purgatory Hotel. When Dakota is murdered, her next stop on the fabric of the universe is Purgatory Hotel and I loved this part. I was reminded of a Tim Burton film with Dakota's fellow guests hanging about, clawing, swearing, being generally miserably and spooky, and sometimes evil, although her next door neighbour, Betty, is a lovely character. But then the story took on real curves as Dakota tries to discover the reason for her death, which entails a few trips back to Life. Ms Ormsby is a talented author, able to create characters that pop straight out of the pages and her imagination knows no limits. And the setting? Well, that's second to none. Well worth reading, not only for the Purgatory Hotel set, but also to discover the reason Dakota's there in the first place. And who murdered her?

Of course I had to meet the lady who wrote this fabulous book - and here she is: Anne-Marie Ormsby!

       S: I couldn’t put this book down! And you’ve got rave reviews. Is this your first book, or do you have others? (Or will there be others?)

A-M: Thank you so much, very kind of you to say you enjoyed it! This is my first book that I’ve had published. I do have several other ones sitting in metaphorical dust currently and another one that I have begun to write as hopefully my next novel.

    S: Oh, I'm looking forward to the next one. Tell me, why did you write about this subject ?

A-M: I’ve always been a bit fascinated by death and the afterlife and as I was raised Catholic there’s always a lot of ideas about what the afterlife would look like. I wanted to explore the possibilities of what could be alternative to the cloud adorned Heaven and the firey pit of Hell. I also wanted to examine what people will do in certain situations and when in toxic relationships. I think I enjoyed creating the world of Purgatory more than anything else.

S: It’s a really unique story-line. Where did you find the inspiration?

A-M: Inspiration comes to me from all sorts of things – movies, books music. Nick Cave was a big influence on me when I wrote this but a lot of the imagery of the hotel came from my personal love/fear relationship with hotels. I find the concept of being in a building with hundreds of rooms quite disturbing. You never know what’s going on down the hall…..

S: You never know indeed (creeps to check her own hall). It’s not a scary story – in fact, I think there might be some truth in it. If we could meet Dakota, your main character, what do you think she might tell us?

A-M: I think she would say she was a very lonely girl and that she missed her mum and dad. And that if she could go back, she might do some things differently….

S: Yes. I can believe she was lonely - I felt sorry for her. Do you have another book coming up? Will it be similar to Purgatory Hotel (she says, hopefully)?

A-M: The next book will again be paranormal fiction (hooray) but set in London rather than a fictional place. I have lived and worked in London for the last 10 years, I feel its time I wrote about it. The book will be an amalgam of a couple of different stories I've had floating around for years that never really had a home.There may well be links to Purgatory Hotel involved as well….

S: I'm really looking forward to that and not only as I'm from London, but also as there're links to Purgatory Hotel!  What advice would you give yourself before you had any books published?

A-M: Don’t give up. Someone somewhere will be as weird as you and they will get it.

You're not weird, Anne-Marie - you're talented.Thank you so much for joining me today, Anne-Marie. 
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