Laurie J. Schmidt is a writer and landscape photographer. Her 30-year writing career includes working as a NASA science writer and editor, developing web content for the Phoenix Mars Mission, and authoring an award-winning travel guidebook. Her articles have been published in a variety of print and online publications. She holds a master’s degree in journalism and a bachelor’s degree in English.
Laurie first discovered Utah’s red rock canyon country in the 1990s and has spent 25 years hiking and photographing the Colorado Plateau region. Her Utah Canyon Country guidebook won a gold medal in its category in the 2019 Independent Publisher (IPPY) Awards.