Our Contributing Writers

Meet the creative geniuses at Why Local Matters


Laura Plant


Our fearless leader and Co-Founder of why local matters, Laura McCoy Plant.






Tom Plant


Co-Founder, Writer, Photographer, and local WINEormous entrepreneur, Tom Plant.






Holly “Annie” Fletcher and Dexter

Holly “Annie” Fletcher is a travel writer, blogger, and critic. Originally from the Eastern Shore of MD., Holly has lived in Murrieta, CA. for about 15 years now. Having spent most of her life in the travel industry, Holly started writing her own travel blog, The Savvy Tourist. She also contributes to several other publications including why local matters, The Yahoo News Network, and The Patch. Her other talents and hobbies include web & blog design as well as small business networking. Holly’s latest endeavor includes traveling with her faithful canine companion, Dexter, a.k.a. “The Bug”, as they promote travel awareness for people accompanied by service dogs. Holly is a member of the International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association and the Travel Blog Exchange.

I am from a small town, so local is very important to me. Many of my friends are small business owners and I want to be a part of their success and give my support to the people that make up our local community.       - Holly “Annie” Fletcher

Carmen Micheli

Carmen Micheli

Carmen Micheli is a freelance wine, food and music writer living in Temecula Valley Wine Country. An amazing home chef, mother of two and wine aficionado, she writes about those “in-the-know” and “on-the-go”. With a pulse on the latest in dining, entertainment, events and more, Carmen delivers the latest news and happenings around the city, showcasing the best that Temecula Wine Country and the SoCal area has to offer.












Corie Maue

Contributing writer, Corie Maue

Sue Montgomery

Contributing writer, Sue Montgomery

Todd Montgomery

Contributing Photographer, Todd Montgomery

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