I started out, back in the 1970s, as a National Park Service Ranger/Historian in Gettysburg, PA. I knew that I wanted to be a writer, so after five years with the NPS, I got the crazy idea that I should start my own research and writing company. Thus began Interpretive Enterprises. I spent several years as a freelance writer and wondering if I had lost my mind.
My first book was a children’s book: The Little Drummer Boy. It won an award and boosted my confidence. I had been collecting ghost stories of the Gettysburg area since I first arrived, so I decided to approach a local publisher to see if they’d be interested in a book about the Ghosts of Gettysburg. The first ghost book came out in 1991. Since then, I have written fifteen books, covering topics of historical interest, as well as the paranormal. My stories have been seen on The History Channel, A&E, The Discovery Channel, The Travel Channel, Unsolved Mysteries, and numerous regional television shows and heard on Coast to Coast AM, and regional radio.
In 1994, the Borough of Gettysburg was looking for a way to bring people into downtown Gettysburg after dark. One of the members had just returned from a trip to Scotland where he had taken a ghost tour. He approached me about starting ghost tours in Gettysburg based on my books. The Ghosts of Gettysburg Candlelight Walking Tours® sent out it’s first tour in June 1994. The tour company started out on a card table in the square. The next year I rented office space at the corner of Baltimore St. and Steinwehr Ave. Finally, in 1997, I purchased the current headquarters building at 271 Baltimore St.
In 2006, I expanded into Frederickburg, VA and started the Ghosts of Fredericksburg Tours.