Heather C. Watson
Heather C. Watson is a freelance writer and the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of HerKentucky. Heather, a native of an Eastern Kentucky coal camp town, holds degrees from Transylvania University and the University of Kentucky. A writer, editor, and social media strategist, she specializes in essays about Southern life. Heather and her fiancé, Bob live in Louisville with their two black labs, Max and Sophie. Heather blogs about life, style, and Southern culture at The Mint Julep Diary.
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Sarah Stewart Holland
Sarah Stewart Holland is an eighth generation Kentuckian. She lives in Paducah, KY with her husband Nicholas and three sons, Griffin, Amos, and Felix. 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!
Megan Bonner lives in Memphis, TN with her husband and their four fur babies. Megan, a fourth-generation Kentuckian, was born and raised in Elizabethtown; she majored in Political Science and Psychology at the University of Kentucky. Megan may live in Tennessee and even spent a while studying abroad in Paris, (France, not Kentucky!), but always seems to yearn for home. Kentucky will always have her heart! Megan also maintains a fashion blog, Pretty In Pink Megan.
Emily Ho (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 finally considers herself a Kentucky convert. 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 and her pup Lilly currently reside in Lexington.
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 Catholic parish barbecue picnics and burgoo. Upon the opening of the Toyota manufacturing plant in Georgetown, her family moved to Central Kentucky. She graduated from Transylvania University with a degree in Accounting and is now a Controller at a financial institution. She currently lives in Franklin County near the banks of the majestic Elkhorn Creek - with her crazy whitewater kayaker husband and their dogs, Boof and Huck(leberry). She enjoys all things organizational, reading, crafting, camping in the great outdoors and being an avid member of Big Blue Nation. Visit her at The Sun Shines Blue!
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 three, 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's 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.
Jennifer grew up an Army brat; her father is from northern Kentucky, and her mother is German. As she moved around, her mother was the driving force in making her try local cuisines and odd foods. Her favorite childhood memories happened over a dinner table loaded with a home-cooked meal. Jennifer has always had a love of food and came back to Kentucky to pursue an associate's degree in culinary arts. She met and married a Kentucky born-and-raised country boy and is living in Lexington with the hubby and three adorable (albeit frustrating) cats. Jennifer loves to support local farmers through the Kentucky Proud program. Head over to a girl eats world for more fantastic, easy, and healthy recipes from around this great big world with Kentucky Proud products! In her spare time, Jennifer loves to nurture her sense of adventure and to be outdoors--hiking, camping, gardening, browsing the farmer's market stalls, living life, etc--or snuggling with a hot chocolate and good book.
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 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.