Melinda Rainey Thompson is the author of four books: SWAG: Southern Women Aging Gracefully, The SWAG Life, I Love You—Now Hush, and I’ve Had It Up To Here With Teenagers. SWAG was an 18-week, top-10 Indy bestseller. I Love You–Now Hush was a finalist for the 2010 Ben Franklin award for humor and a 2010 gold medal winner for humor in the American Library Association’s Foreward Reviews. She is a 1985 cum laude graduate of Tulane University where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity. She received a BA in English literature from Tulane and a Master’s degree in English from The University of Alabama at Birmingham. She attended Cumberland School of Law where she met her husband, Bill, and discovered she did not want to grow up to be a lawyer. Melinda happily taught English at Birmingham-Southern College for the next six years. Melinda is married and has 3 children–all named for relatives long dead in the proper Southern tradition. Melinda lives with her family in Homewood, AL.