Brandee’s expansive roots began in a small town in East Texas, where she cultivated a lifetime love for writing and photography. Her collegiate educational pursuits include vocal performance, music theory, and business communications. Frequently visiting the Hill Country, she fell in love in more ways than one. In 2013, she reconnected with her childhood sweetheart who lives in Kyle. Brandee’ and her now fiance’ decided to close the gap. She jumped at the chance for a new start, slower pace, and stunning views. Upon relocation, she began to refine her self-taught photography skills and portfolio. Her latest upcoming publications include a children’s book and an educational advocacy book, from a mother’s perspective. She is a mother of three uniquely gifted and twice exceptional children. Spending time with her family is most important, including her energetic and recently rescued Texas Cattle Dog. She has a serious case of Wanderlust traveling through Texas, Colorado, and abroad. Being an outdoor enthusiast, she is an avid runner, swimmer, and loves to hike. This marathon finisher, open swim competitor is training for her first triathlon. Despite her varied interests and busy lifestyle, she appreciates the simple life in the beautiful Hill Country. You can follow her photography blog at www.blancorim.com
Erin Baxter, Editor-in-Chief
Erin Baxter is the Editor-in-Chief of TexasHillCountry.com and Heart of Texas Magazine, Texas Hill Country’s premier print magazine. Erin hails from West Texas and is a proud graduate of Texas Tech University. She has written for numerous publications, including West Texas TravelHost, and currently owns her own freelance writing and editing business, Texas Write Now. She has also served as the Managing Editor of Lubbock Metro Leader, a monthly micro-newspaper publication. Erin’s passion is encouraging and helping others refine their writing skills and sharing tidbits of knowledge in her own writing. She loves poetry, and writes and reads poetry in her spare time. She considers herself the luckiest girl in the world to be married to her best friend, Mitchell. Her “kiddos” include Lucy, the white Pit Bull; Sookie, the Golden Retriever; and BusterCat, the grey tabby. Erin can be reached on Facebook and via email at Texas Hill Country.
Gay N. Lewis
A native Texan, Gay N. Lewis lives in a small town west of Houston. Two videos she produced —The Canadian Rockies, English and Japanese translations, and Psalms from the Mountains, sold well in international markets. Graphic skills kept her busy as a portrait photographer, and for over 10 years, she used her imaginative insight in the interior design field. Gay also loves travel, writing, and reading. As a pastor’s wife, she writes Faith Features for various church periodicals. Teaching an adult Bible study every Sunday morning is Gay’s joy, and she is often called upon for speaking engagements. Gay is also a published author. Her current series in the Prism Book Group is about a dyslexic angel who comes to earth to help humans, but Sarah, the angel, is more like Lucy Ricardo with humorous antics and bumbles. Gay blogs and is active on Twitter and Facebook.
Jason Weingart began his career as a freelance photographer in the Hill Country in 2013. He graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Photography. Jason is a storm chaser and co-author of “The Anatomy of Severe Weather.” His work is used by media and educational outlets around the world. He teaches photographic workshops in Texas on subjects such as weather, the night sky, bluebonnets, and urban exploration. You can learn more about Jason and his work at www.jasonrweingart.com
Jeromy Kusch moved to the Hill Country in 1992 and has lived there ever since. Now, over 20 years later, he, his wife, seven kids, dogs “Bonnie and Clyde”, a handful of chickens, and a donkey named “Job” live the Hill Country dream on 30 acres near Tarpley. Jeromy has written professionally for the Hondo Anvil Herald and a sports blog dedicated to the Spurs. He also dabbles in photography and recently jumped into the field of drone photography.
Jessica Pickett was born with a naturally curious soul and a love for nature. Raised on the banks of the Sabine, she was fortunate enough to be able to call both Texas and Louisiana home. Jessica saw much of the country through the windshield of her father’s 18-wheeler before she was five years old, and she’s been hitting the road ever since. She graduated from McNeese State University and married not long after. Jessica and her husband started their own farm and travel often with their two Golden Retrievers and French Bulldog. You can follow them at www.therootedgypsy.com.
Originally from Texas, Chef John Barnes has travelled extensively through the United States, Europe and Middle East (courtesy of the United States Navy), sharpened his culinary skills in the casinos of Las Vegas and now makes his home in Fredericksburg, Texas. Always a writer of short stories and articles, Chef Johns publications can be found in various venues across the internet and major book retailers. As a graduate of the International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Las Vegas, he has cooked for numerous celebrities and political figures. Most recently, he has certified as a judge with the Kansas City Barbeque Society and completed his 6th publication, World of Chicken. Chef John competed in the 2015 World Food Championships as part of the FoodFightWrite Bloggers Summit placing 7th in the cooking challenge.
John Dean is a native Texan who grew up in Victoria, Texas. He then relocated to Lexington, Virginia, where he attended Washington and Lee University, double majoring in Art and Geology. After leaving Virginia, John returned to Texas and settled in Houston. He began a successful Oil and Gas Investment Group in the mid-eighties. Successful in his business ventures, he returned to his first love – writing and illustrating. John has written innumerable magazine articles for both local and international publications. He currently lives in Kerrville in the beautiful Texas Hill Country.
Julie B. Cosgrove
Raised in the Texas Hill Country, Julie B Cosgrove writes regularly for seven faith-based publications as well as being an award-winning author of over fifteen fiction and non-fiction works. Her latest series are cozy mysteries set in Central Texas called the Bunco Biddies Mysteries. All of her books can be previewed on her website, www.juliebcosgrove.com. as well as through the Texas Association of Authors. Julie is also a professional speaker.
Katieann Stevens was born and raised in Austin, Texas. Grew up playing sports, mostly softball and then volleyball. She went to Bowie High School and then went on to play volleyball on a scholarship at Angelo State University. Katieannis also a passionate hunter and fisherman, she has been hunting and fishing for almost 10 years thanks to her wonderful fiancé. During hunting season, Katieann spends most of her time at her fiancés family’s ranch in Kerrville, Texas. They both have a love for the outdoors. She loves animal’s, especially dog’s, she and her fiancé have a Boxer dog named Max who goes everywhere with them. Photography and writing of course have been an infatuation she has had since she was young. She really love’s the beauty of writing and photography because it is an expression of someone and show’s a different side of their personality.
Marcy Stellfox, Editor-in-Chief - Print
Marcy Stellfox grew up in Norman, Oklahoma and graduated from OU. She is still trying to figure out how she landed in Austin, Texas, land of the arch rival Texas Longhorns. From school girl journals to the high school paper, corporate America to an animal hospital surgery suite, Marcy has always harbored a love for writing. She married a witty, handsome guy that won her over with his cooking skill and puts up with her animal habit (she’s mom to 3 Labrador retrievers and 3 horses). She splits her time between Austin and Lampasas County. Her hobbies include food, wine, reading, hiking, biking, yoga, and pretty much anything outdoors. When she’s not in Texas, you’ll find her hugging trees and hiking mountainsides in Pagosa Springs, Colorado.
Rebecca Parvaresh is a Texas gal through and through. She fell in love with journalistic storytelling her Freshman year of high school. Many years later, in 2010, she began sharing stories of other Texans through collaboration with publisher “With You In Mind Publications”. Their local living magazines feature the faces of your friends and neighbors in over a dozen markets in Texas. She loves writing about the beauty in nature and beauty in people of the Texas Hill Country. Focusing on and featuring “all that makes the Hill Country a place to call home” is another piece of her story.
Robert Deming landed in Texas in high school, but as an Air Force brat, and later as an Air Force pilot, he lived in many places around the world. He solidified his Texan status by graduating from Big Spring High School and Texas Tech University. He lives in Fredericksburg, where his is a financial advisor and a novelist. Robert is active in community affairs, an avid hiker, and frequent kayaker of Texas rivers. He is the author of four novels, three of them mysteries starring a Texas Park Police Officer. After 24 years in Fredericksburg, he is not yet considered a local,but definitely has the inside scoop on the town.
Sally Grace Holtgrieve
Sally Grace Holtgrieve is a full time freelance writer in Central Texas. In 2015, she wandered around Europe for two months, where she lived out of a backpack, stayed in hostels, and ate a lot of weird stuff. She has been obsessed with traveling ever since and recently launched her own travel blog, creatively titled sallygrace.blog. Sally Grace also loves to read, hike, bike, kayak, camp, and pile onto the couch with her fiance, dog, and two cats to watch “Stranger Things.”
Shannon Salas, Editor-in-Chief - Online
Shannon Salas lives on a small homestead in North Texas with her husband and three children. She grew up enjoying the country life in Northern New York State, then later in Wisconsin. She loves to travel, and upon visiting the Texas Hill Country, she instantly fell in love. To her mother’s dismay, Shannon moved to Texas as fast as she could! She is a stay-at-home mom who spends her days homeschooling her children, blogging, and taking care of the homestead. When Shannon is not busy at home, she and her family break away to travel around Texas. Her trips almost always involve camping, fishing, and hiking the trails of Texas’ beautiful state parks. Shannon is the owner of the blog Three Peas and a Goat. She has loved to write since she was old enough to hold a crayon, and she hopes to continue expanding her writing career through various blogs, magazines, and by possibly publishing a book or two.
Sonia Ramirez was born and raised in Houston, Texas but she loves visiting the Hill Country and spending time with family there when she can. She holds a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Houston and has worked in all areas of media from print, television and radio. Her greatest joy is writing and had her first article published when she was 19. In her career she has had the pleasure to set up events with such folks as Broadcast Journalist and Author-John Quiñones, Actress and Philanthropist-Eva Longoria, and Congressman Joaquin Castro. She enjoys traveling with her daughter and taking photos as a hobby and hopes to continue writing stories that touch people’s hearts. Her long time goal is to become a full time writer and inspire others to believe that with God all things are possible and dreams can become the doors that open a world of amazing beauty waiting to bless us.
Spring Sault is a freelance blogger and Editor in Chief of her own publication, Ranch & Reserve Magazine. She has strong interests in all things country and western, and coupled with her own Mohawk lineage, that makes her the perfect contradiction (cowboys…Indians…). She grew up in small-town, northern Ontario, Canada and presently hails from a First Nation territory in southern Ontario, where she has lived for approximately 20 years – the past five of which have been spent happily married. She is an active member of the blogging community for Texas Hill Country, and she publishes her own online magazine. Her favorite topics consist of wineries (anything wine-related, really), real country music and the artists that play it, and travel/tourism in the North American west.