Heather C. Watson is a freelance writer and the founding editor of HerKentucky. Heather grew up in an Eastern Kentucky coal town and has called Lexington, Louisville, and Nashville "home."  A frequent contributor to Lexington's Ace Weekly magazine, Heather specializes in essays about Southern life. When she isn't writing, Heather spends her days with her fiancĂ©, Bob, and their black labs, Max and Sophie. Heather blogs about life, writing, and her recent move to Louisville at The Mint Julep Diary. She can be contacted at heather@herkentucky.com.

Sarah Stewart Holland is an eighth generation Kentuckian. She currently lives in Paducah, KY, with her husband Nicholas and two sons Griffin and Amos. Paducah born and bred Sarah somehow managed to convince her husband to leave their high falutin life in Washington, D.C., to move back to Kentucky and raise a family. Sarah writes at her blog bluegrass redhead and is co-founder of the cross-country mommy blog Salt and Nectar. She is also Associate Editor of Paducah Life Magazine. She also teaches Business Law at the local community college (did we mention she went to law school?). In her spare time, she enjoys party planning, knitting, and baking. But who are we kidding? Sarah doesn't have any spare time!

Cristina O'Brien grew up in rural southwestern Kentucky, graduated from the University of Kentucky and Vanderbilt University Law School, and, after a 10-year stint practicing law in Atlanta, Georgia, recently moved back to her home state.  She and her husband, Bobby, reside in Louisville, Kentucky and are parents to two young children. Thanks to the nirvana known as in-house counsel, she is happy to report that she almost always makes it home for dinner these days.

Like many of the other ladies on this lovely little blog, Megan has a background in law.  Megan likes to say that law school gave her the gift of her husband.  Soon after meeting him, she realized that law school was not right for her at that time.  She moved with her husband to Memphis, TN where she currently resides with her 4 fur babies.  Megan was born and raised in Elizabethtown, KY as a fourth generation Kentuckian.  She attended the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY and majored in Political Science and Psychology.  She considers herself a "worldly" traveler having studied abroad in Paris, France, but always seems to yearn for home.  Kentucky will always have Megan's heart!  Megan also maintains a fashion blog, Pretty In Pink Megan.

Emily Ho Sandford (aka Authentically Emmie) is the whasian-reluctant-Kentuckian. (Whasian is her slang term for being half white and half Asian). After nearly 18 years in Lexington, she has finally become a Kentucky convert married to a Kentucky guy who loves Kentucky sports. Emily has her advertising undergrad and MBA degrees from the University of Kentucky, and owns Authentically Social, a social media consultancy. She is also a blogger at Authentically Emmie, and can be found night and day on all major social media networks. Emily currently resides in Lexington with her murse (male nurse) husband David and their pup Lilly.

Lydia Reynolds Powell traces her family roots back to the immigration of Catholics from Ireland to Baltimore to Bardstown to points westward. She was born in Owensboro and raised in the tradition of small parish barbecue picnics and burgoo. Upon the opening of the Toyota manufacturing plant in Georgetown, her family moved to Central Kentucky. She currently lives in the historic district of Frankfort - just a few blocks from the state capitol - with her crazy whitewater kayaker husband and their puppy, Boof. She enjoys reading, crafting, camping in the great outdoors and being an avid member of Big Blue Nation. She graduated from Transylvania University with a degree in Accounting and now spends her days on the administrative side of Kentucky's bourbon industry. She gets to sample bourbon and other spirits at work - purely for quality control purposes, of course! Visit her at LydiaPowell.com.

Hunter Oldham Weinberg’s family has been in Louisville since founding the place with George Rogers Clark, and she wears her local heritage like a badge of honor.  She was born in Lexington, raised in Louisville, and attended college at Georgetown College, where she double-majored in  French and art (the two most frivolous ones). A former graphic designer for Kentucky Living Magazine and current stay-at-home mother of two, she defines her personal style as preppy with a hippie twist. Hunter likes cocktails and socializing, and supports any charity event that combines the two. She an advocate for urban gardening and is proud to say that benedictine is among her children’s favorite foods. She always shops local and does her part to Keep Louisville Weird, because she knows that’s what George Rogers Clark would do.

Garrard County native Megan Statom Whitmer grew up on a farm, and has been trying to adjust to city life for the last fifteen years. She moved to Lexington to attend Transylvania University and the University of Kentucky, and currently holds a bachelors degree in Psychology. Her debut novel, Between, will be out in July 2014. As a stay at home mom, she hopes to raise her two daughters to be as proud to be Southern as she is. Like any good Kentucky girl, Megan loves UK basketball, high school football, bourbon, monograms, and sweet tea, and will sweetly put the smackdown on anyone who says bad things about John Calipari. She also writes for www.YAmisfits.com and www.allthewritenotes.com.

Glenda McCoy is a lifetime Kentuckian, born and raised in Ashland, educated in Lexington, and currently living in Clark County with her husband and their daughter, Katherine Belle. In September 2013, her daughter began testing for a likely metabolic disease following an abnormal MRI.  Glenda writes for her blog, Hope For Katherine Belle, to document her daughter's ongoing health concerns and to raise awareness for rare diseases.  Prior to becoming a full-time caregiver to Katherine Belle, Glenda dedicated her time to the Governor’s Office in Frankfort at the Kentucky Commission on Women. Glenda attended the University of Kentucky, where she received a Bachelor’s in English and a Master’s from the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce. Glenda spends what little free time she has mastering the art of photography.

Shannon Ralph grew up in Owensboro, Kentucky and graduated from Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky with a degree in Psychology. She is a writer of fiction, creative non-fiction, and some of the best Facebook posts around. She is currently working on her first full-length novel. Shannon is a Kentucky expatriate living the dream in balmy Minneapolis, Minnesota with her soon-to-be wife of sixteen years, their three rambunctious children, and one sweet but socially imbecilic boxer. When Shannon is not writing, she can be found hunkered over her laptop battling an ugly addiction to online shopping. Her writing can also be found on her blog, Chronicles of a Clueless Mom, and at The Next Family, an online magazine dedicated to today's modern family.

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