J.R. (James Richard “Ricky”) is a native Texan, born in San Antonio. He has also lived in Laredo and Houston, TX; as well as Asheville, NC and in Europe. He completed his undergraduate degree in Business Finance from Tarleton State University, and holds graduate degrees in Psychology Ed., and Business Management from Texas State University and Clemson University respectively. J.R. began his professional career as a Texas High School Football and Baseball Coach, and has since transitioned into the corporate world as a Human Resources professional.
J.R. lives in the Texas Hill Country with his wife and two children —his “blessings beyond belief.”
About From Hollywood to Gruene:
Elise Chere is Hollywood's Hottest and a thoroughly turbulent Tinseltown Temptress. In her rare private moments away from the cameras, the runways, the movie sets, and the seemingly never-ending burn of the spotlight, is just a broken, lonely little girl that is longing for love, but lost on how to find it. Josh Jenkins is a handsome, wholesome, and humble former football star who is ready to give up on chasing Hollywood fame in favor of returning to his Hill Country home in Texas. But thanks to the relentless efforts of the best agent a best friend could ever have, the door to a dream awaits. When People's Most Beautiful and the no-name from nowhere come together under the directorial debut of Hollywood icon, Major MacKenzie, Elise and Josh become star-crossed lovers who make true movie magic. But Cinderella's fairy tale does not last long. The pernicious princess slips back into bad habits of pills and powder, bars, and booze, leaving her knight in shining armor begging for his broken heart. As he falls deeper and deeper under Elise's spell, he finds there is no refuge for him no sideline to retreat to and no stage right to exit. Josh Jenkins has a choice to make.
The lazy haze that hangs over Hollywood sets in on the two bright stars as they fall from grace. Elise Chere and Josh Jenkins will need strength and light from their faith, family, and friends to find their way home. From Hollywood to Gruene is an intense and intimate story of love and lust, fame and fortune, loneliness, and loss and explores the wondrous gifts we are given through redemption.