New Haven alumnus debuts novel

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Local journalist and author Laura Miller (Brandt) recently debuted her young adult novel entitled Butterfly Weeds.

“Between a set of railroad tracks and the muddy Missouri River, a life existed – one of a more mature nature, if you will. Only several shops constituted its downtown – a dime store, a tiny, one-room movie theater, the post office, a bait shop and a restaurant that changed hands every so often. They were the lucky ones – the only businesses that had survived a levee break in the last flood.”

Butterfly Weeds is set in small-town Missouri. Main character, Julia Lang, far removed from her small-town roots, must choose between her new life and the one she has left behind when a piece of her past unexpectedly resurfaces.

Miller works as a city reporter for the Boone County Journal in Ashland, Mo. She started her career in writing at the age of 12, covering junior high sports for the local newspaper. Miller graduated from New Haven High School and went on to earn a Bachelor of Journalism and a minor in sociology from the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she also ran track for the Tigers. Since then, Miller has reported for the Columbia Missourian in Columbia, Mo., and the Charleston Regional Business Journal and SC BIZ magazine in Charleston, S.C. Along with reporting and promoting her new novel, she is also working on a book centered on race. Miller currently lives in Columbia with her husband, a local TV meteorologist.
Miller’s Butterfly Weeds can be found now on and online at Barnes and Noble this summer.

“A freshly red-painted train caboose had, for decades now, made its home on a green, little patch of the world outside of the one-room post office. Every small town that I had ever been to had a caboose. It was as common as a water tower adorned with the high school’s mascot or a lumberyard in the center of town.”