A born storyteller, Deborah Cunningham Burst, is a New Orleans native who enjoys writing outdoors at her home in Mandeville. An award winning writer and photographer, she left a corporate career with IBM and returned to Tulane University graduating cum laude in 2003 with a BFA in Media Arts.
In her 12-year career as a freelance writer she has published more than 1,000 articles and twice as many photographs on a local, regional and national level. With a passion for travel, history and architecture she earned columns on travel and historic churches.
In 2012 Deborah won a publishing contract for a historic church book titled, Hallowed Halls of Greater New Orleans. The book is graced with a foreword by Anne Rice and has received rave reviews.
Continuing her wanderlust of discovering historic churches, Deborah has found a new fascination with funerary architecture amid the shadows of cemeteries. Her first self-published work, Louisiana’s Sacred Places: Churches, Cemeteries and Voodoo is the first in a series with trails of history and mystery.
In November 2015, Deborah published, Southern Fried & Sanctified: Tales from the Back Deck. In her newest book, she has brought together her talents of southern storytelling with a decade of writing and photography featuring her favorite places, people, pets and personal essays.
Her fourth book and second in the Louisiana’s Sacred Places series, Spirits of the Bayou: Sanctuaries, Cemeteries and Hauntings, was released in September 2016. The book captures the poetic beauty and artistic landscapes of hidden graveyards, sacred temples and shrouded bayous. Packed with more than one hundred photos, it’s a must read for locals and a rare treat for those beyond the state’s borders.
Deborah is highly sought for speaking events with her colorful collage of photographs combined with animated presentation. She has also appeared on multiple television and radio shows.
You can order both of her books and view samples of her writing and photography at www.deborahburst.com.
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Spirits of the Bayou: Sanctuaries, Cemeteries and Hauntings
by Deborah Burst
A poetic presence built upon the past, the author's vivid prose and photography unlocks the doors to ancient houses of worship, probes the eerie shadows of cemeteries and delves deep inside the bayou’s haunted legends. Follow a trail of history and mystery across New Orleans and south along the coastal towns of Louisiana. Experience it for yourself with travel links at the end of each chapter.
Louisiana's Sacred Places: Churches, Cemeteries and Voodoo
by Deborah Burst
Packed with history, mystery and stunning photos, "Louisiana's Sacred Places" takes readers on a trail of hauntingly beautiful churches, cemeteries and Voodoo ceremonies. Travel the "cities of the dead" in New Orleans across the backroad bayous across south Louisiana. Anne Rice calls it: “Delightfully vivid bringing to life all the favorite haunts of the lively spirits both living and dead.”
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