Brett McLaughlin

Editor, Upstate Lake Living, Seneca, SC 

"Vanessa not only has great story ideas that fit squarely into the wheelhouse of our Upstate South Carolina readership, but she has a crisp and concise writing style that makes for an easy and informative read. She is in touch with what the Carolinas have to offer to both visitors and those who live here but need to be nudged into a weekend getaway or an afternoon hike. She is a pleasure to work with. Her copy is clean, and she knows how to make a deadline. I wish I had more freelancers just like her."

DC Lucchesi

Owner, well-run media + marketing, Charlotte, NC

"Need great copy to make your brand — or a client’s look good? Need a real pro who can not only turn a phrase, but take on a brand voice, ask the right questions, and make a deadline without worry? I love working with Vanessa! She’s come through many times on “one-off” items, as well as project-based work. Even with little more than a napkin sketch from me, she’s found a way to come up with results. Wait… why am I telling you this? Now you’ll probably hire her, too, and I’ll have to beg to get her back on my projects!"

Michele Huggins

Editor, Charlotte Parent magazine, Charlotte, NC

"Vanessa is passionate about the pitches and stories she writes for Charlotte Parent. Her voice is engaging, and stories are relatable and enjoyable to read. Whether the article relates to parenting a child with special needs or writing about getaways for moms, she is thorough and includes useful information relevant to the Charlotte Parent audience. She is on time with stories, quick to respond to questions or feedback, and simply is a pleasure to work with."

Jodi Greenwald

Editor, Ballantyne Magazine, Charlotte, NC

"Vanessa sends me the most thoughtful, creative pitches! She keeps an eye out for hyper-local stories, which I appreciate as the editor of a neighborhood publication. She is also super-responsive. It’s a joy to work with her."


David Zimmerman

Reliable Acorn, Charlotte, NC

"It's one thing to be a good writer. It's another thing to be reliable. Vanessa is both. When she's written for me, it's always been quality work delivered on time."

Heidi Finley

Newsletter Editor, Charlotte Observer, Charlotte, NC

"Vanessa is curious, knowledgeable and conscientious – everything you could hope for in a freelance writer. She turns in clean, easy-to-read copy and continues checking for accuracy afterward. I've worked with her on deadline stories, as well as special projects, and she approaches tasks big and small with the same level of care and thoughtfulness. She is dedicated to her work and will not let you down."

Katie Toussaint

Charlotte, NC

“I've worked with Vanessa in her freelance writing role for CharlotteFive for about three years, and have been impressed by her tireless ability to pitch relevant content for our city guide brand, plus her strict attention to deadlines. She is quick to communicate, receives and incorporates feedback with grace, works with a strong knowledge of AP style, and is a friendly team player."