The Hotel (Author Interview)

The Hotel  looks like an exciting story.  Can you tell us a little about Joe Forester?

Joe is your average middle-aged guy? Is a little frustrated with religion, a little frustrated with life and trying to uncover the mysteries that he sees in life, including the mysterious Hotel. He eventually discovers things about himself, maybe we could call that self-discovery, and in the process learns more about the hotel


Any plans to turn it into a series?

I have ideas about drilling down with some of the characters such as JD, the "businessman.". I'm currently writing a different novel called The Diner about a single woman in a small town trying to discover herself.


What inspired you when writing The Hotel?

I was personally investigating the hotel, kind of like Joe does in the novel. There are many mysterious things and curious stories, and details left out. It sparked my curiosity, so I investigated further, found some facts, and then filled in all the details, including those from the 1920s and 1930s. 1920s and 1930s. I tried to imagine what the characters were faced with and what decisions they had to make. I thought " what would I do in this situation?"


Can you tell us a little about the message in the story?

Message is that the true mysteries always lie within, whether that is within an old hotel or within us. Us. For healing to happen, we must face what is in the darkness and bring it out into the light. 

We also don't know what we would do in a situation until we're faced with that situation.


What will readers get out of your book?

It is history with a mystery! I hope readers will enjoy the ride like I did. While I was writing it. I woke up everyday thinking "I wonder what's going to happen next.".  There are several surprises and twists long way to keep the reader engaged.


How did you come up with the story and ideas in The Hotel?

The bones for the story were in the actual facts about the real hotel. But there was just enough mystery to give me free reign to explore from my imagination and imagine what it would have been like. Ultimately, adventures can't be planned, real adventures are when we find something. We didn't expect, something that did something for us we didn't even know we needed.


Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing The Hotel?

I wanted to make sure I was true to history, thankfully there are editors that kept me on track. I wanted to let my imagination run free, but I also wanted it to make sense historically.


Can you tell us a little about your background?

I've been many things, including a pastor. When I went through somewhat of a midlife crisis, it caused me to go inside and investigate some of the trauma in my life. That may be why some of the characters in this book deal with their past, because I had to.  

Whether it's gangsters, ghosts or gremlins, to we all deal with something, eventually


Where can readers find out more about your work?

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