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
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.
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
Author appearance: Kroger’s Texas Author Program
Swing by the Ft Worth Kroger (Kroger #520, 3120 S University Dr, Fort Worth, TX 76109) on 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.
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
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!
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 .
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!
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!
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 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!)
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.
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?
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!
– 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?
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.
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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