Missed Check Out: The Haunting of The Bremer County Historical Society.

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.

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The Black Angel of Iowa City

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

Phenomenon behind the series: Crossroads

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

Phenomenon behind the Series: Timeslips

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