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East Texas: I met fellow author, David C. Kravetz, in the Piney Woods for a fabulous swamp tour on Caddo Lake. This time of year, the gators and Bigfoot are hibernating, but it was still gorgeous. Along the way, I visited historic cemeteries for photos and research for my book 6 Feet Under Texas. I’m so excited about that book now! It’s really shaping up.
Arlington: I’m meeting up with Lone Star Literary Life’s “Hall Ways” to see a special exhibit at the UTA Library. Here’s the description: “From ghost stories to ghost towns, there are more than a few spooky things to be found in Special Collections, UTA Library! This gallery exhibition features selected items from various collections, plus a number of staff picks of haunted imagery.” Doesn’t that sound great? I’ll probably leave with some new writing/research inspiration.
Road Trip to Florida: At the end of this month, my hubby and I are taking a road trip down to Florida. We have a different house sitter this time and he doesn’t know much about cats, so our kitty will have her hands (paws?) full while we are away. As always, I will explore as many historic cemeteries as I can along the way. On our return trip, I plan to visit Savannah Georgia’s beautiful burial grounds.
On Air: Radio host and good friend, Teal L. Gray, recently revamped Para Mysteries and invited me to take part. Starting March 3rd, I’m hosting a monthly radio show called “Tombstone Tuesdays with Tui Snider.” The new show is 30 minutes long, so it flies by! As the name suggests, the topic is historic cemeteries. I’m currently brainstorming topics and looking for guests to interview. If there are cemetery topics you would enjoy, I’m open to suggestions. My first show will airs March 3rd from 5:30 to 6pm Central Time. I will be on the road somewhere! (And tune in every Tuesday to hear all the other hosts.)
At my desk: I sometimes joke that my next book is “whichever one makes it to the finish line first” because I’ve always got a few going at once. Since they often involve historic research, Last month, I was just sure that my book about the mysterious airship sighting of 1897 would be the next book published, but 6 Feet Under Texas has raced to the front. This time next month I should have a
Dallas: I’ve got press tickets to review “The Color Purple” this week in Dallas at the Winspear Opera House. I loved the book and the movie made me cry, so I’m really curious about the stage version. I’ll post a review of The Color Purple, of course, to let you know what I think!
Fort Worth: Some friends and I are spending the night in a haunted hotel. (Details forthcoming!)
Granbury: On January 18, my favorite Texas paranormal team, RIP, is hosting a paranormal investigation along with Chris and Mike of the Tennessee Wraith Chasers, (who you may have seen on the Travel Channel.) The investigation takes place in historic Granbury, Texas. Granbury is well worth exploring by day or night. Last year, it was named the Best Historic Small Town in America. All proceeds from this ghost hunt benefit BattleForged Nation, a suicide-prevention charity focused specifically on helping veterans and first responders.
Weatherford: I give a presentation on Understanding Cemetery Symbols on January 30, 2020 at the Weatherford Public Library. It’s my first time speaking there, but I’ve explored their beautiful historic cemetery many times. In fact, I use several photos from that cemetery in my book! (Update: The talk went great and the local paper wrote a nice piece about it: Local Author Discusses Evolution of Cemetery Symbolism.)
At my desk: I’m currently juggling three book projects: The Great Texas Airship Mystery of 1897, Making Memories with Bob, and 6 Feet Under Texas. I gave a presentation at the International UFO Congress on the Texas airships, and have been researching the topic for 8 years now, so it’s about time I released a book, right? I’ll keep you posted!