New Haven native Laura (Brandt) Miller recently debuted a young adult novel, “Butterfly Weeds.”

Set in small-town Missouri, “Butterfly Weeds” tells the story of Julia Lang, who, far removed from her small-town roots, must choose between her new life and the one she has left behind when a piece of her past unexpectedly resurfaces.

Miller grew up in New Haven and now works as a city reporter for the Boone County Journal in Ashland. She earned a Bachelor of Journalism and a minor in sociology in 2006 from the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she ran track and field for the Missouri tigers. Miller also has worked as a reporter for the Charleston Regional Business Journal and SC BIZ magazine in Charleston, S.C.

Along with reporting and promoting her new novel, she is also working on a novel centered on race in small-town America.

Miller currently lives in Columbia, Mo., with her husband, who is a TV meteorologist.

“Butterfly Weeds” can be found now on and online at Barnes and Noble this summer.