... Anne-Marie Ormsby. Hello Anne-Marie and thanks for being here. Tell me, what is your current release?
AMO My current release is Purgatory Hotel, a whodunit set in the afterlife. A young woman is murdered and wakes up in Purgatory, a mouldering old hotel, with no memory of how she died or what she could have done wrong to end up among rapists and murderers.
AW What first got you into writing and why?
AMO I have always been an avid reader, since I was a small child. My parents read loads so they encouraged me the same way. When I was nine I read a book that was one of my Dad’s favorites – The October Country by Ray Bradbury - and I decided that I wanted to be able to make people feel the way he had made me feel with just words. His stories made me feel totally immersed in what he was writing about and I just wanted to learn how to write like that.
AW And is Ray Bradbury a favourite of yours too? Do you have other favourites?
AMO He was and still is a favourite author. Other favourite authors include Jack Kerouac, Stephen King, Denis Lehane and Douglas Coupland. I also take great inspiration from music and movies - favourite artists being Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, Johnny Cash, Interpol, David Lynch and David Fincher.
AW You write paranormal fiction. Is it all imagination or do you also undertake research?
AMO With this book it was mostly imagination but I did do some research into police procedures and into a real life series of murders that I included in the narrative.
AW And what about other types of writing? Have you ever dabbled with short stories, for instance, or other genres?
AMO I started out writing short stories, then poetry for a long time and eventually novels. I’ve also written a few screenplays which I really enjoyed. One was actually produced as a short independent movie a few years ago.
AW Famous authors, such as Roald Dahl and Dylan Thomas, had a special space for writing. Do you have a writing ‘shed’ of your own?
AMO Not currently as I have just recently moved, so I will be trying to find my space there soon. I generally just need a comfortable space and music to help set my mood. And wine helps too…
AW Finally, if you had a whole afternoon to yourself and could choose to spend it with any one individual, living or dead or a character from a book, who would it be, and what would you want to discuss?
AMO It changes all the time, but I’d really like to meet my paternal Grandfather. He died in 1958, the year before my parents got married, long before I was born. He lived in Cork City in Ireland and was a policeman there through the troubles in the early part of the 20th century. I’ve heard a lot of stories about him and his experiences, but I’d love to just spend an afternoon with him and hear all the stories from him.
about the book… Dakota Crow has been murdered, her body dumped in a lonely part of the woods and nobody knows but her and her killer. Now in Purgatory, a rotting hotel on the edge of forever, with no memory of her death, she knows she must have done something bad to be stranded among murderers and rapists. To get to somewhere safer she must hide from the shadowy stranger stalking her through the corridors of the hotel and find out how to repent for 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.
Dakota must face her own demons and make amends for her crimes before she can solve her murder and move on - but when she finds out what she did wrong, will she be sorry?
You can get the book from Amazon
about the author… Anne Marie grew up on the Essex coast with her parents and six siblings in a house that was full of books and movies and set the scene for her lifelong love of both.
She began writing short stories when she was still at primary school. In her teens she continued to write short stories and branched out into poetry, publishing a few in her late teens. In her early twenties she began committing herself to writing a novel.
She wrote Purgatory Hotel over several years, but kept it aside after several rejections from publishers. Luckily, she found a home for her twisted tale with Crooked Cat Books.
Anne-Marie recently left London for Margate where she lives, amidst books and DVDs, with her husband and daughter.