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Featured in Our State Magazine

Our tiny house, and subsequently our lives, are featured in the December issue of Our State Magazine, on newsstands now.

Read more about it at my tiny house blog.


Ghost Writing for a Business Blog

I just wanted to park this information here on my writing blog. Much of my work is ghost writing for businesses and this article gives a lot of great advice about how to do that well.

Many business owners understand the importance of a web presence but don't have the time or interest in writing content themselves. I have been ghost writing business blog content since 2012 and have continuously proven my value with my clients. You can see my references on my LinkedIn profile including:
"Laura is a timely and dedicated writer for Haley Marketing Group. I have been working with Laura for two years, and have been very impressed with her professionalism and quality of content as a freelancer. Her content is detailed and easy to read for a web-based audience. As a supplement to our client's marketing, Laura's content has helped drive traffic to multiple websites. Her blog posts for one specific client helped supplement a marketing plan that drove over 700k visitors in…

Storytelling for Bloggers

So a friend of mine here in Asheville was offering her first online class and asked if I would sign up. I like this friend a lot so I said sure.

I am so glad that I did.

Cindy Reed of The Reedster Speaks is offering an online course on storytelling for bloggers. We are only 5 weeks into the program and already I am so happy with everything I have learned.

We started the class by writing a non-fiction blog post based on a prompt. I wrote something that I thought was entirely horrible. I hated every last word on that page but the assignment was due and I had to turn it in.

Over the last few weeks this hideous story has transformed into something magical.

I can't wait until it is finished so I can share it with the world. The class isn't even over and I really wanted to let everyone know about it so they could sign up for the next time she offers it. Go to her website to learn more! 

Speaking Engagement: Raleigh Home Show

On September 6th and 7th Matt and I will be speaking at the Raleigh Home Show.

We will be speaking about what it is like to live in a tiny house and when we're not speaking we'll be at a table to talk with people and sell my book 120 Ideas for Tiny Living.

Also in attendance will be Teal and Gerry of Wishbone Tiny Homes. They will be bringing their model home on wheels for tours! 

If you're in Raleigh, we'd love to see you.





I am available for speaking engagements and have spoken at a number of events around the country including the 2014 Tiny House Conference and Earth Day Events at the University of South Carolina Upstate. Please contact me to learn more!

Featured in Asheville's Mountain Express

This week's issue of the local alternative newspaper, the Mountain Express, features a cover story on tiny homes in Asheville. Writer Jake Frankel did his homework and talked to everyone in the area who has their hand in this movement. The result is a very well written and researched piece about the viability of tiny homes in the community.
There’s no easy answer, Guyton maintains, saying,“Market-based affordable housing is really a tough nut to crack.” Brown agrees. “Rent, as we all know, is insane in this town, and so is buying houses,” he says, adding that in the long term, he hopes Wishbone can be part of the solution. LaVoie, too, believes increased tiny home living could be an important component of a broader answer to the puzzle of how we can improve local quality of life economically, environmentally and culturally. “So it seems like a good idea to get the subject on the table and try to figure out ways we can make it viable within our community,” she says. “Ashe…

The Financial Impact of Tiny Homes

Months ago I spoke with a reporter named Nina. Truth be told, I forgot about that conversation until I received an email today. The article she was working on all this time was for Bloomberg.

What I love most about this article is that it focuses on the financial impact of tiny houses and leaves out the sensationalism so common with other outlets.

When Laura LaVoie began writing and blogging about the movement in 2010, “there were only one or two tiny house blogs and now there are hundreds,” she said. She quit her Atlanta-based job as a recruiter at a staffing company, sold her 2,700 square-foot house and pursued a career as a freelance writer by building a place with her husband in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina. “I felt really trapped,” she said. Moving to a 120 square-foot space enabled them “to live in a different way, take control of our lives.”
The article features a lot of other great voices in the Tiny House community, many of whom I have gotten to kn…

Featured in Tiny House Magazine

Issue 17 of Tiny House Magazine is now available on virtual news stands. You can download it as a PDF or for the iPad.

This issue features my recap of the first ever Tiny House Conference which was held in Charlotte, NC, in April.

Read the excerpts below:

How to Drink Craft Beer: A Beginner's Guide is Available on Amazon!

My second book, How to Drink Craft Beer: A Beginner's Guide, is now available on Amazon in both paperback and kindle editions! 

Please enjoy this excerpt:

What "Mentor" Means to Me

When I first started learning the ropes to become a freelance writer several places suggested finding a mentor. This would be someone who has been where you are and done what you do. They could give you an idea of what happens next, what works, and what doesn't.

It was a brilliant piece of advice and one I took to heart. I forged relationships with several people in this arena. Some were peers, some were professionals, and some were just individuals I admired. It really helped get me started and has kept me on track.

But there was something that no one told me about the "mentor" process. What happens when the tables are turned?

I didn't do it on purpose. I didn't set out to find other writers just starting out. It happened with a simple Facebook message. A friend was looking to get started in freelance writing and asked how I did it. I shared my methods, my ideas, how to write letters, what to send to whom, and anything else that came to mind. 

I am proud of w…

On Fiction...

My primary writing style is non-fiction. At least that is what I get paid to write so I tend to focus on it. However, like many writers, I read a lot and most of that tends to be fiction.

I recently started reading the popular Divergent series by Veronica Roth. Many other readers have compared it to the Hunger Games most likely because of the post-apocalyptic landscape and teenage female lead. These sorts of books are very popular and seem to transcend their young adult category. There are many other similar books on the market. My favorites are actually Rampant and Ascendent by Diana Peterfreund. These buck the system by being a series of only two books and they feature some awesome Unicorns, for which I am a sucker.

As I said, though, I write mostly non-fiction but occasionally I find myself playing around with fiction. Recently I wrote a short story called The Bell Curve. It too takes place in a future where things aren't precisely ideal and there is the spark of a strong, youn…