Interviews

Fiona Broome Interview

Fiona BroomeFiona Broome is the author of Amazon’s best-selling ghost hunting guide, Ghost Hunting in Haunted Cemeteries.

We caught up with this busy researcher in January, and here’s our interview with her.

Q. How did you get started in ghost hunting?

A. I think I’ve always been aware of the paranormal world.  Like many children, I was fascinated with ghost stories when I was growing up.

As an adult, I began to realize that my apparent “psychic” abilities were odd and maybe useful.  They helped me to connect with energy at supposedly-haunted locations.

My first nationally-published story was around 1981, in Fate Magazine, when I wrote about a ghost in a California home.

Since then, I’ve been researching and ghosts and haunted places, and writing more articles and books than I can count.

Q. Many ghost hunters started their educations at your website, Hollow Hill.  Why did you call it that?

A. (Laughs) Originally, that was supposed to be a website about Celtic fairy lore. The name references the “hollow hills” that the fairies retired to, when humans began to occupy Ireland.

I didn’t know where else to put my ghost stories, so I added them to HollowHill.com.  Soon, all of the email was about ghosts, so I moved the fairy articles to Faerie Magick dot com.

If I could do it over again, I’d have put my ghost articles at a site with a ghost name, from the start.

Q. So, you believe in ghosts and fairies.  What about UFOs, alien abductions, cryptozoology, and so on?

A. Between our world, the realms we can’t see (in our dimension), and parallel worlds, I think there are far more beings and realities than we can comprehend.

In general, I believe these things exist and occur, but I’m a skeptic regarding individual reports.

I’m also not certain that we’re using the right labels for the phenomena we encounter.

For example, I’m not sure all “ghosts” are actually the spirits of those who’ve lived in our world.  I think many of them are alive and well in their own parallel existences — perhaps what we’d call “the past” — and the membrane (or veil) between the worlds is thinner in some locations, and at some specific times.

Q. You said you’re psychic. How do you feel about working with psychics?

A. I think almost everyone is innately psychic, or psychically sensitive, just as almost everyone can sing.  I’m tone-deaf, so I’m a terrible singer, but I seem to have been gifted with a little extra psychic awareness.

So, as far as I’m concerned, I’m always working with psychics.

For me, a better question is whether psychics can be an asset or a problem during investigations.  That varies with the individual.

Some psychics are distractions, especially those who feel their psychic abilities should always put them on centre stage. The research has to be about the research, not about the personalities involved.

Those who know when to add their psychic observations and when not to, can be very useful during an investigation.  I’ve worked alongside  many psychics, including Margaret Byl, Gordon Ellison, Lesley Marden, Sean Paradis, and David Wells.  Each of them brings something different to an investigation, and the synergy can be tremendous.

Q. Do you consider yourself more of a skeptic or a believer?

A. If I had to choose one or the other, I’d say “skeptic.”

I believe the phenomena are real.  I believe that these kinds of entities are real.

However, I always start as a skeptic when I’m investigating a site, testing a new approach to our work, or researching a story.  I think people see what they want to see, sometimes, so I always need to be convinced that something extraordinary is going on.

I’m looking for things that are unlikely, or a collection of normal, but statistically unlikely phenomena. I know that “unlikely” is a pretty difficult term to define.  That’s where researchers disagree.

Q. What are your long-term goals as a ghost hunter?

A. (Laughs)  Since I’ve been researching for over 30 years now, I’m more interested in documenting my research methods for others.  That’s what I’m doing now, writing how-to books to help others who are entering the field.

I’m not sure I ever had a “long term goal” in mind, but if I contribute anything helpful that takes research to the next step, I’m happy.

Thank you!

You can learn more about Fiona Broome at her personal website, FionaBroome.com, and learn more about ghost hunting at her very large website, HollowHill.com.

 

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Author Interview: Lesley Marden, Medium Rare

Medium, Rare - by Lesley MardenThe following  is the transcript of an interview with Lesley Marden, noted New England ghost hunter and the author of Medium, Rare, one of Amazon’s best-selling autobiographies about paranormal researchers.

Welcome, Lesley!

Let’s start with the basics. What areas of the paranormal do you investigate?

Lesley Marden: I have worked with various paranormal groups as a psychic investigator on home hauntings and in historic locations.

When did you develop an interest in paranormal research?

Lesley Marden: I have been aware of paranormal and spiritual activity for as long as I can remember. My earliest recollections are from when I was 3 years old.

Throughout my life I have had encounters with spirit and experienced strange and unusual happenings.

After being blamed of making up stories and lies, I decided to keep my encounters to myself and tried to stifle them all together.

It wasn’t until I was in my 20s that I decided that it was okay to be me, and sensing the spirit world is part of who I am. That is when I started to allow myself to be open once again to what came naturally.

As a psychic, do you prefer to know nothing about the site ahead of time, or do you want to know all the details?

Lesley Marden: When going into an investigation it is imperative for me to know nothing at all.

I do not want to compromise the information that I receive psychically by having prior knowledge that could prejudice my mind.

When I am hearing, sensing or seeing things in my head on location, I sometimes get obscure information that I would dismiss if I had prior knowledge and it didn’t fit “the story” of the property.

It is within those little details,that seem to make no sense when they present themselves, that end up being the big connection that complete the puzzle.

Obviously, you believe in ghosts.  What about other entities?  I’m thinking about UFOs, cryptozoology, faeries, and parallel worlds?

Lesley Marden: I believe that every one of these is possible.

Have I ever seen aliens or Bigfoot? No, but if you close your mind to the possibility that these beings exist, you are missing the potential opportunity to experience them.

I would love to be “that person” who discovers the portal to a parallel universe, but if I am not using my mind openly and fully in a positive way to seek out and understand new ideas or prospects, I never will.

I am always keeping my eyes and ears open. I don’t want to miss out on anything!

Do you work alone or with a team? Why?

Lesley Marden: I will go out on field trips to interesting haunted locations with a few trusted colleagues for fun, or by myself to collect information.  I’ll also choose a small group of friends if new equipment piques my interest and I want to test its legitimacy.

For formal investigations I work with a team.

I am currently a member of The New England Ghost Project. I really enjoy working with the NEGP. Everyone on the team is knowledgeable, experienced and a pleasure to work with.

What tools do you use for your research, and what’s your favorite?

Lesley Marden: EMF Meters, Dowsing Rods, Digital Voice Recorder, Digital Camera, Pendulum, and my intuition.

I love photography, and I have captured some very interesting photographs while on investigations, so I would have to say my camera is my favorite piece of equipment.

Do you think paranormal TV shows and paranormal books are helpful?

Lesley Marden: I think the most important thing that people can learn from paranormal books and from paranormal TV shows is that although some people may have more experience, no one is an expert.

We are all trying to understand the hows and whys of the spirit world. I have had experiences throughout my life and I am still learning.

We all are still searching for the answers that have been asked for centuries. If anyone tells you they are an expert, please be wary.

Another important thing to learn is that when people are nasty in life, they don’t change magically and become nice when they die.

Some spirits are mean and malicious and CAN hurt you. ALWAYS protect yourself before conducting any sort of investigation or opening yourself up to encountering spirits.

Good advice. Before we conclude this interview, tell our readers a little about your book.

Lesley Marden:  My book, Medium, Rare; A firsthand account of growing up experiencing the paranormal, is about my journey growing up with a heightened awareness of the spiritual world around me.

It starts when I am 3 years old and chronicles though my life into my 40’s. It is a story of self acceptance and hopefully it will help those out there who have experiences know that they are not crazy and they are not alone.

It is available at Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com, and at my website, LesleyMarden.com.

Thank you, Lesley!  I know our readers will enjoy your book, and look forward to meeting you with the New England Ghost Project.

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Christopher Balzano – Picture Yourself author

Christopher Balzano is a respected paranormal investigator and author.  His books include Picture Yourself Ghost Hunting.

Here’s how you can learn more about Christopher and his research.

Interview on Black Cat Lounge, in which Balzano talked about haunted Freetown:

Here’s Christopher Balzano on Jeff Belanger’s Internet TV show, 30 Odd Minutes:

Here’s Mr. Balzano talking about the Bridgewater Triangle on Anomalies Radio:

Listen to internet radio with Anomalies on Blog Talk Radio

We like to hear authors talking. Then, when you read what they’ve written — such as Christopher Balzano’s book, Picture Yourself Ghost Hunting — you’ll get more meaning from it.  You already know the author’s humor (Balzano is a funny guy) and views.

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Picture the Dead: Interview with the authors and illustrator

Picture the DeadPicture the Dead by Adele Griffin and Lisa Brown is a chilling, deeply intriguing story about life and death, against a backdrop of Spiritualism and the Civil War.

Here’s a description of Picture the Dead, from the publisher:

“A ghost will find his way home. Jennie Lovell’s life is the very picture of love and loss. First she is orphaned and forced to live at the mercy of her stingy, indifferent relatives. Then her fiancé falls on the battlefield, leaving her heartbroken and alone.

“Jennie struggles to pick up the pieces of her shattered life, but is haunted by a mysterious figure that refuses to let her bury the past.

“When Jennie forms an unlikely alliance with a spirit photographer, she begins to uncover secrets about the man she thought she loved. With her sanity on edge and her life in the balance, can Jennie expose the chilling truth before someone-or something-stops her?

“Against the brutal, vivid backdrop of the American Civil War, Adele Griffin and Lisa Brown have created a spellbinding mystery where the living cannot always be trusted and death is not always the end.”

Here’s an insightful interview with the authors of Picture the Dead, Adele Griffin and Lisa Brown, who also illustrated this haunting tale.

Civil War Medicine (and Writing): Ghostly Developments! Interview

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… Readers and writers will be impressed and inspired by their research and creativity and their answers to how/why they became interested in the Civil War, their choice of the soldiers portrayed in the book, the inspiration for the illustrations, the role of the Spiritualist movement during the war

As a novel, Picture the Dead goes far beyond a simple “ghost story” and invokes a tangled range of emotions.

If you’re looking for a “good scare” on a dark and stormy night, this probably isn’t the book for you.  However, if you’re looking for a ghost-related story that will haunt you long after you’ve read it, Picture the Dead is a book worth reading.

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Amador Lockdown (Amador Hotel) – Author Interview

Amador Lockdown - paranormal novelAmador Lockdown is a novel about a family of ghost hunters, and their disturbing encounters in the Amador Hotel.

“Something has moved into the Amador Hotel. Hector, Marcos, Bev, and Tony of the Paranormal Posse are called in to either debunk the haunting or get rid of whatever is causing the problems. With the surprise arrival of Hector’s son, he tries to keep his professional and personal lives separate, but whatever is haunting the Amador Hotel has other plans. ”

The Amador Hotel is the name of an actual hotel in Las Cruces, New Mexico, not far from El Paso, Texas. [History]

This Kindle edition looks like a good, scary book to read on a chilly night.

Here’s an interview with Amador Lockdown‘s author, Coral Russell.

Author interview: Coral Russell | Book Bags and Cat Naps

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Maybe he was just being jumpy. The Paranormal Posse had been doing this ghost tour for months now, and he’d never seen a shadow before.”

It’s always interesting to peer inside the thoughts of someone who researches or writes about ghosts and paranormal subjects.  This interview is no exception.

Here’s a video showing an orb (or dust?) floating across and upward through a room in the Amador Hotel.

Here’s a video about the restoration of the hotel.

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