Hey, there. My name is Cheri Farnsworth. I’m a mom to four beautiful, grown daughters and a proud new grandma to an adorable grandson. I am also an author of 16 books, a research addict, a para-historian, a news (and alternative news) junkie, and a recently-retired accounting clerk from a large public utility up here in Northern New York, where I worked for 34 years and where I have lived all my life.
I’ve been writing regional books on the side for nearly two decades, but now I can write (and play grandma) to my heart’s content, whenever I want. Currently, my household in Northern New York consists of my husband and I, three quirky cats (trust me on that), and one crazy-adorable, fluffy, and goofy chocolate Labradoodle. Life is…interesting.
Early on in my writing career, as a para-historian, I found that a place’s paranormal activity can often be connected to its history, especially if that history includes tragedy. In my books about hauntings, I often searched for evidence of untimely deaths due to sudden illness, murder, accident, or suicide, as well as deaths, en masse, due to disasters and epidemics. Situations like these may result in negative residual energies that remain palpably “stuck” in a place for an indefinite period of time; but they also result in casualties—victims who are caught unawares—one second here in their physical form, the next second launched traumatically into their spirit form. In such cases, there may be confusion, denial, and the proverbial unfinished business, as they get their bearings on the Other Side. They may linger between the here and the there trying to figure it out; and, until they are ready to move on in the usual manner, it’s possible that we might still sense their presence here in one way or another.
I learned a great deal about researching history during my “haunted years,” so the transition to the genres I’ve delved in since then has been very smooth. My newer books are about true crime and, shall we say, sensational regional history; and late this year, my first book about historical disasters makes its debut. I am under contract with The History Press/Arcadia Publishing for North Country Disasters and with Globe Pequot for revised versions of three early titles to be released anew in the following order: The Big Book of New York Ghost Stories (TBR 8/1/2019), Haunted Massachusetts (TBR July 2020), and Haunted Connecticut (TBR July 2021). Stay tuned.