These are just a few of the 300-plus story subjects written by Lauren Wise, an Arizona-based writer and editor. Her professional career began in 2003 during her first semester at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, when a thesis she wrote analyzing Pink Floyd's "Money" prompted her Sociology professor to claim that rock 'n' roll does not pertain to society--a debate that quickly spread to the rest of the classroom. The result? A published piece in the campus newspaper, and a lesson learned that the best writing gets peoples' minds reeling and mouths talking.
Her passion lies in telling the stories of peoples and places, and her work is versatile, both in terms of content and format. She has written for regional, national and international publications, including the Phoenix New Times, Runway magazine, Arizona Bride, Phoenix Magazine, Affliction.com, Boxx Magazine, and Where Colorado.
As a hard rock journalist, Lauren interviewed some of the most influential names in rock before she was 30 years old, including Metallica, Phil Anselmo, Alice Cooper, Rob Halford, Suicidal Tendencies, Rob Zombie, Slayer, Slipknot, John Densmore, Marky Ramone, Buzz Osbourne, Ted Nugent, 311, Al Jourgensen, Anthrax, Megadeth, Korn, Arthur Brown, Blue Oyster Cult, Cannibal Corpse, Deftones, The Pixies, Godsmack and dozens of others.
After being on the judges' panel at the Heavy Metal Television VJ competition, she went on to work as the station’s host of “The Cutting Edge of Metal,” a weekly show that discusses the most up-to-date news in the industry, and she also worked as a record label liaison, booking artist interviews for the VJs.
Lauren also has a healthy stack of clips in the areas of culture, fashion, culinary arts and travel. Over the years she has ventured through Europe, Vietnam, Taiwan, The Virgin Islands, Cambodia and Mexico, which has opened the doors to many cultures and editorial styles. Her passion for these subjects has resulted in features about everything from unique culinary attractions and wine regions, to trends in haute couture--however she also provides content for her favorite shelter, Phoenix Rescue Mission, interviewing clients about how the Mission helped turn their lives around.
In addition to writing, Lauren has a dozen years experience in editorial positions, familiarity with Chicago and AP style, and proficiency with most word-processing programs and publishing platforms (including Adobe, Microsoft, WordPress and Moveable Type). As an editor, she has worked at a range of magazines, including a Western history publication, an international fashion magazine emulated in “The Devil Wears Prada,” and a travel magazine that began more than 78 years ago in Detroit for visiting auto industry executives. But magazine work isn’t her only medium—she regularly edits books, including memoirs, creative non-fiction, fiction, expert guides, through her company Midnight Publishing, which she founded in 2007.
Lauren has been featured on radio stations, television, magazine articles, and industry blogs for her expertise in the areas of heavy metal, writing and editing, and book publishing. Her hobbies include oil painting, cooking and exploring museums. Obsessions? Vinyl records, Fantasy Football, the sound of a piano, the beach, hockey, a nice glass of bourbon, and the feeling of a book in my hands--ironic, since she has about 400 on her shelves and she’s allergic to paper.