Interview with Nicole Beauchamp Author of Haunted Bay City, Michigan #hauntedbaycity #hauntedmichigan

Please welcome Nicole Beauchamp to A Bewitching Guide to Halloween. Her new release, Haunted Bay City Michigan is part of the Haunted America Series, same as my book, Haunted Flint.

Welcome Nicole, what started your fascination with the paranormal?

I have had an interest in the paranormal my entire life. As a child, I would draw photos of girls ghost hunting and talking to the spirits. Many people get into the field because of a show or movie, but for me, it has been a lifelong fascination. 

How long have you been investigating haunted locations?

A little over 11 years with my current team, but about 15 years in general.

Out of all your investigations, has there been a place that really terrified you?

I don’t know about “terrified” me, but there has definitely been some places that have been far more active than others. One of those places is the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in Weston, WV. I’ve had some amazing paranormal encounters there and it remains my favorite location to date. 

Can you tell us a little about the book, Haunted Bay City, Michigan?

The book is a collection of different legends and ghost stories from within my hometown of Bay City, MI. In the book, I also stress the importance of historical preservation, aim to set the record straight about the paranormal community, and encourage people to appreciate those around them that are still alive. I hope my book inspires people to go out into their own communities and make a difference.

How long have you been working on it?

I signed my contract with the publisher on November 24, 2019 and submitted my manuscript on April 21, 2020. I finished about 4 months ahead of my scheduled deadline.

How many haunted locations are in the book?


Which Bay City location was your favorite to investigate?

The Sage Library so far! It was a lot of fun and very active. Plus, I just love the people at the Bay County Library System. They’re a wonderful, supportive crew of people. It makes all the difference.

If someone wanted to get into paranormal investigations what equipment should they invest in?

I think a recorder and camera are a good place to start. However, over the years, I’ve dwindled down the amount of equipment I’ve used in cases. I think a personal experience means so much more than trying to “prove” something to other people. 

Any specific brands or models that you recommend?

I like the Sony digital recorders and for really good photos, I’d invest in a professional Canon or Nikon camera, but they are super expensive. 

What pieces of equipment are considered the basics any ghost hunter should have? A voice recorder? Camera? Video camera?

Motion sensor cameras are also something I’ve used and really like a lot. So I’d probably add that to the list of having a regular camera and audio recorder. Other than that, just go out and live in the moment.

Have you tried any of the ghost hunting phone apps? If so, do any of them actually work?

I’m not sure if any of them are actually legitimate but I used the Ghost Radar app a few times. I got the name “Mary” one time while investigating at Waverly Hills, in the same area where a nurse, Mary Hillenburg, hung herself.

Do you have any psychics/mediums on your team?

We do not. I’m an intuitive empath but I don’t think that counts? Haha.

What’s next for you? Do you have any other books in the works?

I’m open to any opportunities that come my way. It will be fun seeing where this road will lead me.

Haunted Bay City, Michigan
Nicole Beauchamp

ISBN: 9781467146708
PUBLISHER: The History Press
DATE: 9/14/2020
STATE: Michigan
SERIES: Haunted America
PAGES: 112

At the base of the Saginaw Bay on Lake Huron lies historic Bay City, a gorgeous town with a dark past. In its early days, a six-block strip known as Hell’s Half Mile was an epicenter of debauchery and brutality. This tumultuous history has left a deep paranormal imprint on the area. A sinister Victorian lady terrorizes those who visit the upper level of the Bay City Antiques Center. The ghost of a disfigured little girl roams Sage Library. And the former caretaker of the USS Edson lovingly tends the ship after death as he did in life. Local author and paranormal investigator Nicole Beauchamp takes you on a bone-chilling journey through Bay City’s most haunted locales.

About the Author:

Nicole Beauchamp is a native of Bay City, Michigan, and received her bachelor’s degree in applied science from Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan. With a lifelong passion for the paranormal and history, Nicole founded the Tri-City Ghost Hunters Society in 2009. Since forming the group, she has presented at libraries and universities across the state of Michigan with the goal of educating individuals on the paranormal and expressing the importance of preserving history through investigation. She has had the honor of co-lecturing with renowned paranormal researcher John E.L. Tenney, and her work has been featured in dozens of national and international publications. In 2015, she wrote a guest editorial for TAPS Paramagazine and was featured on Beyond Reality Radio, where she was recognized for her hard work and dedication to the paranormal by Jason Hawes, the star of Travel Channel’s Ghost Nation. In February 2019, she was featured on the cover of Paranormal Underground magazine. In addition to the paranormal, she loves traveling and animals. She hopes to continue to tour Michigan in order to enlighten individuals on the spirit realm.

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