Ghost Guide : Haunted Snohomish
Author Deborah Culye , Snohomish
Our county has a rich history, one with its fair share of hauntings. Lucky for us, local author Deborah Cuyle is hard at work gathering stories and writing all about them. Haunted Snohomish is a perfect example, and it happens to be a favorite of mine (if you can’t tell from how worn my copy looks in the photo). Here is some background on the author and book …
What inspired you to write books about local ghost stories and
I have lived in Snohomish for almost 20 years and I was fascinated by its history and hauntings. I actually worked in several of the haunted buildings and the paranormal activity was rampant! I have a great love for history and old buildings, as well. To combine my love of all of these things in a book was just a blessing. I really love hearing from teachers and parents on how my books inspire their kids to want to learn about the history of a town and actually READ books again- both can be a struggle anymore with Facebook and cell phones…
How did you gather information for the book on Snohomish?
Old newspapers, interviewed locals, put requests out for ghost stories via social media..I visit all the places I write about! I am also a spiritual medium, so that makes my job way easier!
What is the most interesting thing you learned, ghost related or
otherwise, during the process of researching and writing the book?
How many people experience paranormal activity in Snohomish. Almost everyone I spoke to had a story to share!
It’s been about three years since the book was written. Have you learned of any new haunted stories locations? Will there ever be a second part or more added to the book?
I am always getting more stories and locations, especially AFTER a book is out. Then people are like, wait- I have a story, too! I would love to add more to the book, but I will have to ask my editor. Currently I am finishing the Ghosts of Coeur d’Alene and the Silver Valley and next Haunted Spokane. Haunted Everett was just released in time for Halloween!
As someone who not only wrote about the city, but lives there, what are your favorite places to shop and eat locally in Snohomish?
Oh my gosh-how can I narrow it down? I love the Repp, and of course the Oxford is awesome. The most haunted buildings I feel are the Cathouse Pizza and the Bicycle Shop. The place I had the most experiences was the Minisoft building where the art gallery is. The basement used to be the old jail and it is sooooo haunted!
Where can your books be bought locally?
Artisan’s Mercantile in Snohomish carries all of my books year round, and many of the other stores in town carry them during the Halloween season. They can also always be bought on Amazon.