Lisa Maloney

Content Strategist, Copy Editor, Copywriter, Developmental Editor, Editor, Ghostwriter, Photographer, Technical Writer, Writer

Award-winning writing: Travel, outdoors, lifestyle, fitness/health, consumer reporting and profiles

Lisa writes conversational, informative and SEO-friendly content. She is the author of three guidebooks, including "Moon Alaska," which won a Silver Award from the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also served as senior editor at Alaska magazine, worked as an editorial consultant for nationally ranked websites, and is a certified personal trainer with several thousand hours of hands-on experience.

Lisa's writing has appeared in publications including the Wall Street Journal, Via magazine, Backpacker magazine, Outside online, The Brand USA, Alaska magazine, Consumer Search, Shopsmart, Cheapism and many more. She is also fluent in Latin American Spanish.

When Lisa isn't researching and writing award-winning content or traipsing through the mountains at home and abroad, you'll find her teaching Irish dance, playing the fiddle or melodeon (a single-row button accordion) or, every so often, enjoying a quiet cup of tea.


Specialties: travel, outdoors, lifestyle, fitness/health, consumer reporting and profiles
Content Types
Ad/Promotional Copy, Article, Blog Post, Buyers Guide, Checklist, Commercial, Ebook, General Photo, Guide, Interview, Landing Page, News Photography, Product Description, Press Release, Product Photography, Website Copy, Whitepaper, Case Study, Infographic Copy, Email Newsletter, Script
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Anchorage, AK, USA|English, Spanish

Travel Writing

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An Aurora Odyssey (Northwest Travel and Life magazine)

This feature article, published in Northwest Travel & Life's Nov/Dec 2018 issue, tells the tale of a week-long aurora hunting odyssey through Interior Alaska, including Fairbanks, Wiseman, Coldfoot and more. Includes original photography

November 1st, 2018
Moon Alaska

This full-length travel guidebook (available both in print and as an ebook) won a Silver Award from the North American Travel Journalists Association in 2018.
Close encounters of the ursine kind near Wrangell
December 2nd, 2017
Best Small Towns in Alaska
June 21st, 2017
Valdez, Alaska is the coolest little town you’ve never heard of. Here’s why
April 18th, 2016
Drive-up Tundra: 3 Easy-To-Access Spots Near Anchorage
May 25th, 2017
This new Parks Highway campground is sure to become one of Alaska's most popular
May 25th, 2017
5 Iconic Alaska Trip Ideas
June 13th, 2017
Blog Post
Seeing Alaska’s Northern Lights

This blog post covers everything you need to know about seeing Alaska's sometimes elusive northern lights, AKA the aurora borealis.

July 20th, 2017
Alaska Adventures
The Modern Adventurer's Travel Guide: How to Do Alaska in 10 Days
July 15th, 2016
9 incredible winter adventures to have in Valdez, Alaska
August 29th, 2017

Outdoors Writing

Explorer's Guide 50 Hikes Around Anchorage

This second-edition hiking guidebook, available as both an ebook and a print edition, covers 50 hiking trails within a 30-minute drive of Anchorage, Alaska.
Day Hiking Southcentral Alaska

This full-length hiking guidebook, available in both print and ebook editions, offers in-depth coverage of day hiking trails near Anchorage, the Mat-Su Valley and the Kenai Peninsula.
The 10 Best Hikes Near Anchorage
May 27th, 2016
Packing List for an Overnight Hike
July 24th, 2017
Essential Hiking Gear Every Beginner Needs
September 22nd, 2017
What to Pack for a Short Hike

A starter packing list; what you should carry for short hiking trips.

May 17th, 2018
4 Things You Should Know Before Going on a Night Hike

Night hikes don't have to be scary -- but you should take them seriously. These four tips cover how to make nighttime outings safe and fun.

July 21st, 2017
Backpacks By the Numbers: Sizing and Buying Guide
July 21st, 2017
11 Fun Activities for Hikers
March 17th, 2017
How to Try On Hiking Boots and Shoes
June 17th, 2017
Moose Safety for Hikers
April 5th, 2017
Tips for Hiking Downhill

What goes up must go down -- and most hikers will tell you that downhill stretches are the hardest on their knees. Here's how to make those downhill trips easier.

April 9th, 2017
How to Dress Properly for a Winter Hike: Basic Layering
December 17th, 2017
How to Waterproof Your Feet With Plastic Bags
December 7th, 2017
Where Do You Find Hiking Buddies?
September 13th, 2017
The Best Ice Grippers for Hikers
December 14th, 2017
Where to Buy Inexpensive Hiking Gear
August 24th, 2017
What's in My Hiking Emergency Kit
January 17th, 2018
How to Hike in the Rain and Enjoy It
April 4th, 2017

Profile Writing

Conquering an Invisible Obstacle

A profile of the nonprofit Language Interpreter Center, which offers language access services to residents of Alaska.

October 15th, 2015
One Book at a Time

A profile of Best Beginnings, a program promoting early childhood literacy, and its many lifelong benefits, in Alaska.

September 24th, 2015
The love of high places

An in-depth profile of the young owners behind Alaska Mountaineering School, the only local franchisee for guiding climbers on Denali.

July 2nd, 2015
Alaska Has a Moose Roadkill Problem

Following the nonprofit Alaska Moose Federation as they recover roadkill moose and deliver them to people and organizations that signed up to receive hundreds of pounds of free (but unexpected!) meat.

April 25th, 2016

Buyers Guides / Case Studies

Buyers Guide
The Best Kids' Bikes for Every Age

A look at the best bikes kids will love, striking that delicate balance between great value, fun features and the safety features you may appreciate more than your child does.

January 14th, 2019
Buyers Guide
The Best Winter Boots

This buyers guide result from in-depth, hands-on testing of both men's and women's winter boots.

February 12th, 2018
The Best Nonslip Traction Devices

Selecting the best non-slip traction devices for multiple uses, after extensive research and hands-on testing.

January 10th, 2017
Case Study
Best Glucometers

This research-based case study showcases the best glucometers, taking into account medical studies, expert opinions and user feedback.

February 6th, 2018
Case Study
Home Safe Reviews

This in-depth buyers guide / case study features the best commercially available home safes for a variety of uses.

August 16th, 2017
Buyers Guide
Best Upright Freezers

A comprehensive research report and buyers guide on the best upright freezers for non-commercial use.

March 19th, 2018

Health / Fitness / Wellness and Nutrition

Do Lemons Provide Vitamin C Like Oranges Do?

All citrus fruits are rich in vitamin C — but how do they really compare? This breakdown of lemons, oranges, and other vitamin-C-rich fruits will clue you in.

December 6th, 2018
What Are the Health Benefits of Spicy Food?

Hot, hot, hot! And healthy, as long as you can stand the heat. That's what you can look forward to if you eat habanero peppers, which can be 40 times spicier than their little cousin the jalapeno.

December 6th, 2018
Can Too Much Ginger Be Harmful to the Body?

A look at ginger's nutritional content, how its pungent flavor can spice up favorite foods, and what might happen if you go overboard with it as a supplement.

November 19th, 2018
How to Start a Personal Training Business

From a certified personal trainer with thousands of hours of hands-on experience, a look at how to get started in the fitness industry.

April 3rd, 2018
How to Measure the Circumference of Your Thighs

The number on the scale isn't the be-all, end-all of your health or fitness journey. Learn how to use a simple, inexpensive home method of gauging your progress toward your next fitness goal.

June 12th, 2018
Pros & Cons of Being a Personal Trainer

This online article details the upsides and downsides of working as a personal trainer, written by a certified trainer with 4,000+ hours of hands-on experience.

December 5th, 2017
6 Ways Personal Trainers Can Boost Their Hourly Rate
CrossFit is life-changing exercise
January 19th, 2012
Buyers Guide
Best Organic Shampoos

A buyer's guide to the best organic shampoos on the market.

September 1st, 2017
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