This is the third post in my educational series, Self-Publishing 101. Perhaps one of the most overwhelming issues in publishing a book is where to start. Most don’t know what questions to ask because they don’t know enough to ask. Hopefully my lessons will help you find your way. And please if you have any […]
About Deborah Burst
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 traveled throughout the south and east coast earning columns on travel and historic churches. Her commitment to detail, and driven by the artistry of photography, she began working with national magazines featuring historic homes and hotels. Recognized for mastering a vivid sense of place and stunning composition in photography, she earned a national cover photograph and feature.
In 2012 Deborah won a publishing contract for a historic church book titled, "Hallowed Halls of Greater New Orleans." The book shares more than ten years of work in researching and photographing churches along with interviews from passionate parishioners. The book was released in August 2013 with a foreword written by Anne Rice. It received rave reviews resulting in dozens of speaking events and book signings held across the state of Louisiana and Natchez, Mississippi.
Her continued wanderlust in scripting and photographing historic landscapes brought her a new fascination with funerary architecture and tales of mystery looming amid the shadows of cemeteries. "Louisiana’s Sacred Places: Churches, Cemeteries and Voodoo" is the first in a series in a captivating trail of history, mystery and the blurred lines between sacred and profane. Deborah took control of the entire project publishing the 152 page book with 57 full color photos in October 2014.
The co-founder of the Northshore Literary Society, Deborah has served on writing panels for both the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Words & Music Festival and the Tennessee Williams Festival in New Orleans. She has appeared on multiple television and radio shows including both the New Orleans and Mississippi NPR station and is the recipient of 20 writing and photography awards.
In addition to researching new trails for her Louisiana’s Sacred Places series, she continues her freelance business with a monthly travel column with Louisiana Road Trips magazine and occasional assignments with regional and national publications.
You can order both of her books and view samples of her writing and photography at www.deborahburst.com.
Entries by Deborah Burst
When I first began my historic church column, I fell in love with the people, history and that unique presence that lives inside these heavenly havens. I’ll never forget my first assignment hauling all kinds of gear including my recorder, camera bag, tripod and notebook. It was the beginning of a new calling, a passion […]
Louisiana enjoys a melange of cultures and customs blurring the lines between the sacred and the profane. It is here you will find Louisiana’s cities of the dead, tombs shrouded with weeping oaks and the Creole tradition of lighting the graves. Each with its own personality, from the ornate to the Gothic, these photos are […]
Ten Primary Points of Speaking Presentations I’ve noted before I’m a non-fiction writer concentrating more on creative nonfiction. A key part in writing, whether fiction or non fiction, is storytelling. That same skill set can follow through from your writing to your presentations. I’m fortunate because I’m a photographer and use photography prominently in my […]
Charming Charleston Historic churches and cemeteries around every corner By Deborah Burst Looking out my 12-story corner suite in the heart of downtown Charleston, a perfect rainbow stretches from the bay to the sea forming a halo above this sacred city. It was truly a magical moment and a sign of things to come with […]
Just weeks before my brother died of AIDS in 1987, he went to DC to protest more money for AIDS research. That trip shortened his life dramatically. I’ll never forget that day with tears streaming down his face he said, “In 20 years AIDS won’t be a death sentence, and we won’t be second […]
Many first time authors seeking to get published have often asked where to begin. As I continue to post blogs on this subject, I thought it wise to post a page of just links. This will help you get started on the education process. Like any endeavor, there’s a learning curve and the internet and […]
With the advent of social media and the virtual community, I have been approached several times on what is the definition of a writer. Or more adeptly put the question, “Read this, am I a worthy writer?” A sensible question, exactly what determines your destiny as a writer? We certainly don’t begin writing as a […]
Hello my fellow aspiring authors, First let me give you a quick background. I’m a freelance writer/author/photographer, and this is my second career after I freed myself from the bondage of corporate Hell. I returned to college when my children were in high school and finished my degree from Tulane University in New Orleans with […]
So often the story behind the story is never told, and sometimes the backstory trumps the actual article. Serendipity, persistence, maybe N’Awlins voodoo…but if you ask Hoda Kotb, she believes it was pure karma. It all began when my daughter, Julie, and I traveled to New York City for the first time.
- About Deborah
- FAQ Self Publishing vs Traditional Publishing
- Louisiana Sacred Places: Churches, Cemeteries and Voodoo
- Published Works
- Review Krewe
- Southern Fried & Sanctified: Tales from the Back Deck
- Spirits of the Bayou: Sanctuaries, Cemeteries and Hauntings