Laura Stradiotto is a writer and journalist who has written for publications across Canada and the U.S., covering a broad range of topics from arts and culture to parenting, social justice and women’s rights. In the area of content development and marketing, she has worked for a broad range of clients and platforms, both public and private sector, and across diverse sectors, including mining, tourism and business. She is co-founder of Latitude 46 Publishing, a literary publishing company focused on Northern Ontario authors and stories. Laura is also the marketing and business development coordinator at Verdicchio Ristorante | Enoteca and part-time research assistant at Laurentian University.
Q: What’s the number one thing you are working toward that you haven’t yet accomplished?
A: How to slow down time. As a mother, there are moments I wish could last longer. As a writer, there are ideas I wish I had more time to expand upon. And as an entrepreneur, I just wish there was more time in the day.
Q: What is the biggest obstacle you’ve overcome?
A: Life. Career. Balance. My family’s health and wellness and the ability to pursue my passion are most important to me. But sometimes juggling both seems an impossible feat. Growing up, I was told to pull up your bootstraps and do what needs to be done. Don’t complain. Admitting that sometimes I need help is an ongoing challenge.
Q: What are 3 things you can’t live without?
A: Family, friends and a good story, whether shared at a dinner table or within the pages of a magazine or book.
Q: What would be the theme song of your life?
A: “Across the Universe” by The Beatles
Q: What is the most rewarding part of your job?
A: I never get bored. As a writer and publisher you have the ability to work on numerous projects, explore diverse topics, make meaningful connections and never stop learning. My office is mobile and my work schedule is flexible. If the kids are sick, I don’t have to scramble in the morning to find someone to stay with them. I can work from home. Although that translates into late nights at my laptop, no one will look at me strangely when I reach for a bottle of wine.