By Laurie Sue Brockway
My career in journalism began as an advice columnist and crime reporter, then features editor, for Brooklyn Paper Publications. Since then my work has been widely published — literally thousands of articles, in hundreds of newspapers and magazines around the world, and online.
I spent two decades investigating, experiencing and reporting on a wide range of “women’s issues” and for a long time specialized in writing about romance, sexuality, self-esteem, relationship dynamics, health and spirituality.
In my very colorful career in media I was Editor-in-Chief of two national magazines — Playgirl as well as Single Living Magazine — and was Manhattan Bureau Chief and then Managing Editor of Women’s News.
It was always my dream to write books. I taught myself to do that by editing saucy novels for a small publishing company, and then penning a few of my own. In 1991, my first book was published on the same day my son was born.
That first book has been out of print for years but the son is AWESOME and graduated from college as a media studies student. He was born with a number of health challenges and we spent a lot of time around doctors and hospitals, so he kind of turned me into a health reporter. He recently got his first job as a radio producer.
I’ve written over 15 books of my own, and have ghosted and edited about 35 others.
One of the most life-changing events happened in 1997 when I got the call to ministry and at 40 years old went back to school as a seminarian. In 1999 I was ordained as an Interfaith Minister and from there went on to specialize in wedding ministry. In the past 18 years I have helped many families blend their lives and have joined together hundreds of couples from all backgrounds and belief systems.
Another life-changing event in my life was going back to college in 2011 to get a new B.A. in Human Development and Psychology and to continue on, working on my masters in Marriage and Family Counseling.
I thought I had “retired” from journalism when I went into ministry but on the contrary, my work continued in columns, blogs, and freelance editing positions, and I had a chance to write a great deal about love, marriage, weddings, and spirituality.
And then I became a full-time online editor.
In 2008 I was offered a special opportunity to blend my skills as a media professional with my calling as a minister when I was offered the Senior Editor position as Family and Inspiration Editor of Beliefnet, then the largest inspiration and spirituality site on the Internet.
In 2010 I moved on to become Senior Editor for Sexual Health and Relationships for Everyday Health, where I launched the site, Love and Sex with Dr. Laura Berman, who is one of the worlds leading experts on those topics. I was responsible for all aspects of the site and its small staff.
From there I was asked to join the flagship site, EverydayHealth.com, as Editor for Emotional Health and Sexual Health. There I was covering multiple stories a week, including many breaking studies, and assigning many others. I also covered pop culture and celebrities. And hung out with the cute guys at the office.
I was under contract with CafeMom.com to create relationship, health, and parenting content for moms, for both CafeMom and P&G Everyday and also wrote parenting content for NY Metro Parent.
In addition, I was covering the romance industry and doing interviews with bestselling romance authors for the Random House/Penguin site Romance at Random, writing about weddings and love for Huffington Post, and covering emotional health stories for WomansDay.com.
I currently work as a full time psychology and health writer, penning content on addiction, mental health and relationships for Elements Behavioral Health. It’s a job close to my heart because my dad was an alcoholic (in the spirit of Mad Men’s Don Draper) and he never got help. Now, at least, I can write articles that may help people into recovery.
This website was created to archive my work as a journalist and author.
Laurie Sue Brockway