It’s easy to overlook this small patch of land. Nestled between fields, filled with grass and backed by a small stand of trees, it holds a significant reminder of the Midwest’s past. This site has fascinated me for years. My grandparents lived down the road and we drove by it often. In fact, I’ve shared … Continue reading Spirits of the Pioneers? Finding answers about an unknown child.
Who else feels like they are now living out the beginnings of an apocalyptic novel? It’s just surreal.I’m attempting to manage working from home and taking care of myself, while not going insane. My focus has been primarily on my craft projects (to be discussed further in another post series) and to be honest, writing … Continue reading Where does one even start? Today’s world and the conflicted writer.
'tis the season for spooky stories (although, let's be honest. It's always the time for spooky stories, photos, and lore) and today I have a short story that I recall hearing many times as a kid. Just outside of the city limits is a small boy scout camp. Used only a few months of the … Continue reading Scouting the afterlife: The haunted Boy Scout camp
"There's a grave in the cemetery that's haunted, you can hear knocking coming from the stone!" "A prohibition-era gangster hid his stash there. He dug up the grave and hid it in the ground." "A horse thief was hung on the grave!" These are the various statements I heard over a 20 year period from … Continue reading A knocking good time or a tragic crossing of stories and reality?
During my undergrad, I had the opportunity to volunteer at our local historical society museum. This was perfect for me as it was applicable to my history degree, helped me gain experience with giving tours and getting people to engage with local history, gave me the perfect setting to work on Displaced (book one of … Continue reading Missed Check Out: The Haunting of The Bremer County Historical Society.
It's been a while since I last posted a local urban legend! Here's a short tale about a legend from southeast Iowa. Standing at over 8 foot tall, the Black Angel of Iowa City's Oakland Cemetery cuts an imposing figure. Erected in 1913, it was placed in the cemetery at the request of Teresa Feldevert. … Continue reading The Black Angel of Iowa City
In chess, a critical position is that in which everything can be changed with a single move. The demons game reaches new heights as Catherine realizes just what happened when Connelly’s rite went wrong. Once again stuck in the past, the pair must find a way home. Not to mention, figure out where and when … Continue reading Critical Position: Catherine Siddall Series Book Four (Pre-order Live)
Although most now associate crossroads and the demons attached to them with the TV show Supernatural, there's actually some actual history behind the legends. I chose to incorporate the stories into the Catherine Siddall series for a few reasons, as I'll explain. In mythology and folklore, a crossroads, where two paths meet, can be a … Continue reading Phenomenon behind the series: Crossroads
Displaced: Catherine Siddall Series Book One When Catherine went into the woods to hunt down a ghost, she would be back in a comfortable hotel room by the next night. She never imagined she would end up somewhere else completely. Injured, she is found by a man who could easily be an extra in a period … Continue reading Book Info
I was going through some of my Abbey shots to get in the right headspace for working on book 4, and one of my favorite unsolved mysteries came to mind. Time Slips. The idea that there is a phenomenon where people accidentally cross through time. It’s easy to feel like it’s possible when standing in … Continue reading Phenomenon behind the Series: Timeslips
It's showtime! Book Three of the Catherine Siddall series goes live in paperback and ebook (and free on Kindle Unlimited) today, October 15th! In addition, new editions of the first two books in the series have been released. It's a perfect time to start the series! With Lett dead, Catherine has hoped to establish a … Continue reading Moving Pieces: Catherine Siddall Series Book Three available now