I have been writing regional books outside of my regular job for nearly two decades, but now I can write whenever I feel up to it. My household in Northern New York consists of my husband and I, three peculiar cats, and one goofy, floppy, lovable chocolate Labradoodle named Snickers.
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 into since then has been very smooth. My newer books are about true crime and sensational regional history. My first book about historical disasters, published by The History Press/Arcadia Publishing, debuted on February 17, 2020. For Globe Pequot, I’ve revised versions of three early titles which have been or will be released anew in the following order: The Big Book of New York Ghost Stories (8/1/2019), Haunted Massachusetts (TBR July 2020), and Haunted Connecticut (TBR July 2021). Stay tuned for updates.