Our publishing team is the best in the industry. With three generations of journalists and luxury specialists, Luxe Beat Magazine is able to compete in the luxury space like no other publication. Our contributors drive our success. They come from all over the world, and are journalists who specialize in so many different areas, it makes it impossible for us to not succeed.
Sherrie Wilkolaski is a leading expert in the independent publishing market, having consulted with more than 15,000 authors throughout her career as the Publishing Architect™. A bestselling author, radio talk show host and content strategist, she has studied at the Yale Professional Publishing program and George Washington University. She specializes in developing in-house publishing programs for small to mid-sized businesses. Sherrie frequents the international publishing circuit, educating publishing professionals at industry events such as DScoop (Beijing, China), Self-Publishing Book Expo, and DIY (Book Expo America).
Maralyn D. Hill
Maralyn Dennis Hill is Executive Editor of Luxe Beat Magazine and is known as The Epicurean Explorer. She was born to travel and loves to tell the tale.
As a professional travel and food, writer, Maralyn is intrigued by all aspects of spa and culinary tourism. From local cuisine to Michelin Star, simple to gourmet, she thrives on discovering flavors, spices, and trends worldwide.
Not only does she love to share the tales of unique customs, Maralyn also believes that her passion for global travel is the greatest geography lesson. The best part is meeting people along the way and hearing their stories.
From Bocuse d’Or to being a judge at the Turks & Caicos Conch Festival and the Oregon Chocolate Festival and more, Maralyn is truly a world traveler. She is a frequent guest on radio shows and editor and contributor to more than eight print and online publications. Maralyn continues to reach an audience of several million in the United States and abroad.
Her adventures don’t stop there. Maralyn currently serves on the boards of Curran Pendleton Press and Stella Jane Marketing. She has co-authored three books and from 2002 to 2006, she hosted a cable television show on Time-Warner. Maralyn is the past president of The International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association (12-2008 to 12-2012) and continued her work as a board member and co-chair of its Conference and Media Trip Committee through 2014. She is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers and the Society of Professional Journalists.
When she’s not jetting to her next destination, Maralyn enjoys coaching individuals on writing and marketing successful projects. And although she lives to travel, she enjoys quiet time exploring.
Specialties: Culinary tourism, luxury and spas, but loves all travel. Food judging is enjoyable and Maralyn enjoys using her conference, incentive, and meeting planning skills.
Lillian Africano, Editor. Lillian Africano is the cruise editor at Jax Fax, senior editor at Elegant Accents Magazine, editor-in-chief of SpaReviewMag.com and the author of 16 books, including an award-winning business guide to the Middle East, travel guides to New York and New Jersey and several best-selling novels (using a pseudonym). Her articles have appeared in many print and online publications, including AOL and usatoday.com. She past president of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW), past president of the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA) and a member of the Authors Guild and the American Society of Journalists & Authors (ASJA).
As Editor-at-Large for Luxe Beat, Leah Walker is a luxury travel and culinary writer who also has contributor and editor roles with The Daily Meal, Bonjour Paris, The Daily Basics, Forbes Travel Guide, as well as her award-winning site, LeahTravels.com. A devout Francophile, she’s also a travel ambassador for Atout France. Having split time between Texas and the rest of the world, Leah is now living in Paris after being awarded the three-year Compétences et Talents visa, though her talents don’t extend to speaking French. Yet.
Susan Lanier Graham
Susan Lanier-Graham is a freelance food, wine and travel journalist with more than 25 years’ experience in the luxury travel industry. She is the owner of WanderWithWonder.com and has authored more than 75 books and hundreds of magazine articles. An accomplished speaker and writer, Susan travels the world looking for life’s “wow” moments. She seeks out wonders whether they are around the world or across the street. Susan writes mainly for the luxury travel and lifestyles market, contributing to a variety of print and online publications and also works for a diverse set of corporate clients. Her work has appeared in such publications as AAA Highroads, AAA Home & Away, So Scottsdale, Go Gilbert, Phoenix Home & Garden, Colorado Homes & Lifestyles, Design & Architecture, View Highlife, Countryside and more. Her work is found online at such sites as Mapquest.com, Hotels.com, TravelandLeisure.com, Vacationist.com, Sofitel.com, Marriott.com, HotelIndigo.com, and at Aol Travel and Fox News Travel. She is also a frequent contributor to the Travel Planners Radio Show with markets throughout the US and in Europe.
Courtney Lowden is Fashion Editor-At-Large for Luxe Beat Magazine. She specializes in fashion merchandising and purchasing for international retailers, and has worked with a variety of major brands over the past 15 years. She has developed seasonal product and line plans for women’s sportswear companies, handled retail sales with Max Mara, and increased Macy’s 2011 global private label intimate apparel sales over 40%. Specializing in the intimate apparel market, she has worked with Calvin Klein, Victoria Secret Pink, and Maidenform. She was a buyer and merchandiser for intimate apparel and shape wear, in both catalog and online for Redcats. Ms. Lowden has her degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology, with a focus on Fine Arts, Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing.
Her international travels started with a sunburn in Antigua at the age of two. Since then Nina has studied in Paris, climbed the Statue of Liberty, played golf in Scotland, danced in the streets of Rio de Janeiro, shot craps in Vegas, and shopped the casbah of Tangiers. A member of SATW, IFWTWA, and the MGWA, Nina often writes about golf and sports-related travel, spas, art, wine, and restaurants.
Director of Photography
Senior Travel & Lifestyle Editor and Director of Photography For more than 25 years Dale Sanders has traveled around the world enlisting his unique ability to capture the soul of the places and adventures he has experienced. His stories have graced the pages of many magazines, e-zines, and blogs worldwide. Dale’s love of capturing the essence of each destination he visits is not confined to writing. He is a successful travel photographer with clients that include many of the world’s top travel magazines, book publishers and PR firms. Editorial assignments comprise the majority of Dale’s travels around the globe. His growing stock files now contain in depth travel images from dozens of countries. Check out his travel photos at www.DaleSandersPhotos.PhotoShelter.com Dale’s successful career in writing and photography makes him a valuable resource for editors and PR firms alike.