A native Jersey girl, Laura Battyanyi Wiess grew up on the outskirts of a peaceful little borough named Milltown, and next to the crazed, congested New Jersey Turnpike.
These warring influences left their mark, as Laura walks fast and talks faster, but can also sit completely still for long periods of time drinking coffee, reading, writing and watching wildlife.
She claims she inherited her patience, imagination and love of books from her mother, and her impatience, determination and passion for land from her father. Her stubbornness, however, she blames on the combined mega-whammy of genetics, birth order and astrological sign, as that pretty much lets her off the hook for the whole deal.
Personal motto: If you can't get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you'd best teach it to dance. -- George Bernard Shaw
A lifelong animal lover and nature fan, Laura has been chased, bitten, stung, scratched, growled at and in some cases, after proving herself non-threatening, accepted by members of the feathered, furred, reptilian and insect worlds.
Encouraged by these occasional triumphs, she moved to the Endless Mountains region and is now knee-deep in clover, bees, butterflies, outdoor animals and yes, indoor animals.
Personal motto: Come in, she said, I'll give you shelter from the storm. -- Bob Dylan