Meet the Media – Mary Grauerholz, Freelance Writer and Editor

grauerholz-mary-2015Mary Grauerholz is a freelance writer and editor. Check out her site at marygrauerholz.com.

What’s your top story for today?
A style forecast for Ocean Home magazine on the latest design trends for kitchens and baths. I’ve interviewed architects, interior designers, and product innovators across the country. It’s been a lot of fun.

Tell us about your dream assignment.
A big, glossy story on architectural and style trends throughout Europe and Southeast Asia – an exploration of design in an exotic-travel wrapper. I love adventuresome, unpretentious design. I think it’s in my blood: my great-grandparents designed and built a dirt dugout on the northern Kansas frontier, where they lived while they built a house. (My great-grandmother also made her own bullets.)

Describe the wackiest story you’ve written.
I traveled to Martha’s Vineyard in midsummer one year with a photographer, where we roamed beaches to cover summer feet. We literally talked to all sorts of people about their feet. We saw it all: toe rings and tattoos, designer sandals and bare feet that obviously had worked very hard. It was a wonderful way to spice up the style section of our daily newspaper, the Cape Cod Times, in the high-summer doldrums.

What is your PR pet peeve?
Reaching out to a PR professional through email, not knowing that the person has left, and having the email returned as undeliverable. I always thought it should be simple enough to have another staff person receive emails sent to a departing colleague. Also, I’m amazed by how many websites of private companies don’t have an easily accessible phone number.

Top trend in the industry you’re currently covering or are interested in.
Sustainability in architecture, design, and areas like medical care and green solutions to pharmaceutical waste. Living more sustainably is critical today, and getting more so all the time.

Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a native Texan living on Cape Cod in Massachusetts, so I have access to my two favorite views: wide sky and open ocean. And I work for myself. I may be the luckiest person alive.

Comments or questions for Mary? Leave a comment below or email [email protected].

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10 Comments

  1. David Landis Reply

    Mary – great blog. I couldn’t agree more: one of my singular pet peeves is websites without a press contact. We should all make it easy for journalists to find and access information. Keep up the good work! Cheers, David

  2. Brianne Miller Reply

    I spent many a summer week in Chatham on Cape Cod and am jealous that you get to call that part of the world home…summer feet! What a great idea for a fun feature!

  3. Gregory Bortkiewicz Reply

    Your dream assignment sounds great – fingers crossed you get to do it one day!

  4. Ashley Boarman Reply

    Hi Mary – thank you for participating on our blog and thinking of Native Trails for your latest piece. How fun it would be to talk and write about interior design all day, especially in the New England area. I’m a little bit jealous. Can’t wait to read your upcoming stories for Ocean Home magazine. Thanks again!

  5. David Cumpston Reply

    Hi Mary,

    Thanks for participating in our Meet the Media series! From one native Texan to another, what I *really* want to hear more about is your grandmother’s homemade bullet collection 🙂

    Regards,
    David C.

  6. Mary Reply

    So fun to get your feedback; thanks for this fun opportunity. Let’s stay in touch!

  7. Nick Singer Reply

    I share your sentiment in regards to companies not having an easily accessible phone number. Thank you for posting and wishing you luck with your dream assignment.

  8. Gus Nodal Reply

    Thanks for the fantastic blog, Mary. You do have an amazing job and I look forward to reading more about your adventures. I love how you also prefer unpretentious design. As they say: less is more!

  9. Caroline Woodwell Reply

    Hi Mary, What a great interview with you! And a great photo! Both your current assignment and your dream job sound fantastic!

  10. JANE FRYE Reply

    Nice Mary…good to see your face .

    Jane

    Ps
    Drop me a line sometime.