A message from the author
I have always been asked, “How did you get started writing about ghosts?”
I graduated from Long Island University at C.W. Post with a degree in photography, specializing in photojournalism. I interned at Newsday, and upon graduation I began working at a local newspaper in Huntington where I started my own column about local history. That eventually led me to write two books in 1995 and 1997.
When you’re researching older homes, there is often a ghost story or two associated with these places. I included a few stories in the books, which eventually led me to lecture on the topic. I had constant requests to write a book combining Long Island’s history and ghost stories. After much contemplating, I decided to do it.
I met and began working with paranormal investigator and medium Joe Giaquinto who taught me everything I needed to know about the paranormal world. He took a very spiritual approach to communication with the other side, and before long we were investigating haunted places all over Long Island. I have always said I’m a historian first and a ghost investigator second. The understanding and preservation of Long Island’s history has always stayed in the forefront of my books.
Since 2005, Joe and I have researched and investigated over 100 haunted places on Long Island, and it’s been a fantastic and positive experience. I have learned that life truly does exist after this one, and that communication with the spirit world is possible.
In 2007, in between writing Ghosts of Long Island I and II, I co-authored a cookbook with Sal Baldanza from Mr. Sausage in Huntington called Delectable Italian Dishes for family and friends. In 2012 I wrote my first novel, The Medal, a wonderful story about miracles, angels and Padre Pio, the saint who bore the stigmata.
I’m excited to announce that my seventh book, Historic Haunts of Long Island: Ghosts and Legends from the Gold Coast to Montauk Point will be released in September 2015. Please check my “Events” for a complete listing of where I will be giving lectures and signings. I appreciate you visiting my website, and I hope you will enjoy reading my books.