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Understanding Cemetery Symbols – by Tui Snider

After a lifetime of exploring historic graveyards and several years of earnest research, I released Understanding Cemetery Symbols (which is a field guide for historic graveyards) on August 19th, 2017. Hooray!

It went to #1 in at least two categories on Amazon straight off the bat! Wheee!

Interviews, Reviews & News for Understanding Cemetery Symbols:

As interviews happen and reviews roll in for my new book,Understanding Cemetery Symbols I’ll share them on this page. Here’s what’s happened, so far:



International Best Seller!!!

Oh, my gosh! I noticed a bunch of sales in England, so I dropped by Amazon UK to see what was up. Much to my surprise, Understanding Cemetery Symbols  ranked #4 in the best seller list for Memorials and Monuments in the UK. This makes it an international best seller on Amazon!  Here’s a screen grab I took. It’s fun to see the price listed in pounds, as well.


NEW: One minute book trailer for Understanding Cemetery Symbols

Check out my NEWEST one-minute book trailer for Understanding Cemetery Symbols. (And yes, I composed the music that you here, too!) Click here to watch: One Minute Book Trailer  Please give it a thumbs up while you’re there. It could use some love! :D

Interview with radio host, Teal L. Gray

My good pal, Teal Gray, has invited me to be on her new radio show this coming Monday, October 16th from 7-8pm CST. We have LOTS to discuss including a very weird EVP I caught during a recent paranormal investigation. Let’s just say that I may have a doppelganger! Tune in or catch the replay here: Para Mysteries Radio​​​​​​​


Author appearance: Texas Fright Night in Weatherford, TX

Come out Saturday, October 14th from 6-9pm to have fun while supporting a good cause: the Pythian Home for Children in Weatherford, Texas (1825 E Bankhead Dr, Weatherford, TX 76086.) There will be costumes, games and vendors like me! More info here: Texas Fright Night

The Kroger Texas Author Program - Tui Snider
The Kroger Texas Author Program – Tui Snider

Author appearance: Kroger’s Texas Author Program

Swing by the Ft Worth Kroger (Kroger #520, 3120 S University Dr, Fort Worth, TX 76109on Friday the 13th from 3-7p,. I’ll be signing books as part of the Texas Author Program from 3-7pm. You can grab milk and eggs on your way out!

Interview: Texas Newsroom

For those of you who would like to listen (and watch!) my appearance on the Texas Newsroom, here’s a link to the YouTube replay of it. Not only did I talk about my books, but I was also the musical guest, so I sang and played ukulele. While you’re there, please give it a thumbs up. It could use some love: Texas Newsroom Replay


Interview: Burleson Star Radio

I had a grand time recently on Burleson Star Radio. Besides having a playful disucssion about everything from selling Girl Scout cookies and frozen fish, the host, Ben Tinsley, and I sang a duet. If you’ve got an hour to spare, check it out. (You can watch as well as listen, if you want): Burleson Star Radio.

Magazine Article: Authentic Texas

I’m thrilled to have gotten my article, “Though Silent, He Speaks,” published in the Winter 2017 edition of Authentic Texas magazine. This is a free publication distributed at museums, visitors centers and information kiosks throughout the entire state of Texas.  They even used 4 of my photos in the article! You can read the article by following this link and then using the full screen option: Thought Silent, He Speaks

Article & photos in Authentic Texas by Tui Snider
Article & photos in Authentic Texas by Tui Snider

Cemetery Symbols Tour: Historic Granbury Cemetery

Thank you to all who attended my Cemetery Symbols Tour in Granbury, Texas. The tour was jam-packed and I’ve already had several requests for an encore! Several tour members brought along their copies of  Understanding Cemetery Symbols to use before and after the tour. It was a blast!

My 1st Cemetery Symbols Tour - so FUN!
My 1st Cemetery Symbols Tour – so FUN!

Author appearance: Granbury Paranormal Expo

I had a wonderful time at the 6th Annual Granbury Paranormal Expo. The event was jam-packed. It was so busy that I bare had time to take any photos, and I sold out of Paranormal Texas, my travel guide to haunted places. If you can make it next year, I highly encourage you to attend!

Interview with radio host, Jim Harold
I was recently interviewed by Jim Harold, “the paranormal podcast guy since 2005.” He specializes in airing true ghost stories. It’s perfect to listen to when housecleaning – even though the eerie stories make me jumpy! My interview with Jim Harold is a brief, but in-depth discussion of my book, Understanding Cemetery Symbols .


Guest Post at Author Patricia Lynne’s : Grave Robbery in America

My friend and fellow author, Patricia Lynne, invited me to write a guest post for her blog. Since she writes books about vampires, I wrote about the creepy-but-true topic of grave robbery in America, and why it was such a big concern throughout the 1800’s.


Rogue Talk Radio with Sheila Gay & Kelly Dewbre

The day that Understanding Cemetery Symbols  launched, Rogue Talk Radio hosts, Sheila Gay and Kelly Dewbre, threw a book launch party for me on their two-hour podcast!


Haunt Jaunts Radio with Courtney Mroch

Courtney Mroch invited me to her paranormal travel show called Haunt Jaunts for a rip-roaring hour-long chat about our passion for historic graveyards and haunted travel. Courtney’s show is fast-paced and fun. We had a bunch of listeners in her chat room, too. The hour flew by and we had a blast!

The RIFT Radio Show with Howie Odell & Dawn Rogers

Hosts, Howie Odell & Dawn Rogers, interviewed me for The RIFT Radio show. We talked about so many things, including the 5 years that I lived on a little island with a population of 7 people.


Spooky Little Halloween with Miranda Enzor

Miranda Enzor of Spooky Little Halloween invited me to write a guest post for her haunted #TravelTuesday series. Like Zen Master Hughes, I got to meet her in person recently. She and I explored Houston’s National Museum of Funeral History together!

Miranda Enzor & Me at Houston's Funeral HIstory Museum
Miranda Enzor & Me at Houston’s Funeral HIstory Museum


15-minute YouTube Interview with Zen Master Hughes

On my recent cemetery research road trip, I met several of my newsletter subscribers in person, including Master Hughes. Besides being a noted Zen practitioner, he is also a filmmaker. He shared a 15-minute interview with me on his YouTube channel.


Laura Irrgang a.k.a. the Rhinestone Armadillo

Laura Irrgang gave me and my book, Understanding Cemetery Symbols,   a lovely shout out over on her blog, the Rhinestone Armadillo. (I love rhinestones, armadillos, and Laura!)

Blog Interview by Julie Reeser: Author Tui Snider

Julie’s a poet, so our interview veers into some thoughtful areas, such as why people travel and why a trip to historic graveyard can be such good fun for young and old.

Radio Interview: Bridging the Paranormal with Becky Vickers

I had a blast chatting about historic graveyards on KCOR Radio with host, Becky Vickers. The hour flew by, but she got me talking about how to identify different Saints and angels, grave robbing, and funny epitaphs.


Blog Interview with Deb Atwood on Pen in Her Hand

In this written interview, I share a scary event from my childhood that took place in a historic cemetery. Perhaps my fascination started then?


Dear Texas Radio Special Authors Marketing with Tui Snider

Click the link above to hear my interview on Dear Texas Radio. It was fun! (If you like it, please give it a thumbs up on YouTube.)


The ebook is already a #1 best seller!

It only took a few hours for the ebook version of Understanding Cemetery Symbols  to climb the charts and hit #1 on Amazon as you can see from image on the left. Exciting, eh?


Interview: Tui Snider: New Book Release!

– I was interviewed about Understanding Cemetery Symbols  by fellow author, Donna B. McNicol. Click the link to read it!


Interview: Tui Snider – Featured Author on Lone Star Literary Life

– I was thrilled to be the featured on Lone Star Literary Life recently! (I’m a big fan of their site. They’ve even got a map of the Top 10 Bookish Bookish Destinations in Texas. Talk about a fun road trip tool!)

Check out my 30-second book trailer:


What’s the book about?

Understanding Cemetery Symbols by Tui Snider
Understanding Cemetery Symbols by Tui Snider

Here’s the current blurb for my book Understanding Cemetery Symbols :

Graveyards don’t exist merely to shelter the dead. They also nurture the living. As strange as it sounds, America s garden cemeteries were our nation’s first public parks! People used to visit graveyards not just to mourn the dead, but to have a fun day in nature.

Yes, FUN!

More and more of America’s cemeteries are applying for arboretum status and being placed on the historical register. Many now offer tours, annual festivals and events which run the gamut from jazz picnics, birding, costumed reenactments, performances of Shakespeare, and more.

Along with this renewed appreciation for historic cemeteries, comes the realization that we have forgotten the meaning behind many of the symbols and acronyms our ancestors left on their headstones.

Tui Snider s book, Understanding Cemetery Symbols, describes the meaning behind the symbols and architecture found in the historic graveyards of America.

History buffs, genealogists, ghost hunters and other curiosity seekers will gain a deeper appreciation for and understanding of these messages from the dead with a copy of her book on their shelf, or better yet, in their hands, as they explore America’s open-air museums for themselves! (For more info, click here.)

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Tui Snider is an author, speaker, and photographer who specializes in quirky, haunted, and downright bizarre destinations. As she puts it, “I used to write fiction – but then, I moved to Texas!” Snider's writing and photography have been featured in a variety of publications, including Coast to Coast AM, FOX Travel News, LifeHack, Langdon Review, the City of Plano, Wild Woman Waking, Shades of Angels and more. Snider’s award-winning books include Paranormal Texas, The Lynching of the Santa Claus Bank Robber, and Unexpected Texas. Snider has several more books in progress, including a Field Guide to Cemetery Symbols and a book about the Great Texas Airship Mystery of 1897. Tui has worn a lot of hats in her life – literally – and is especially fond of berets. She enjoys connecting with writers and readers all over the globe through social media, her newsletter and her website:
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