Melissa Scholes Young is an award-winning author from Hannibal, Missouri, which she proudly claims as her hometown. Her writing has appeared in the Atlantic, Washington Post, Narrative, Ploughshares, and Poets & Writers. She’s a Contributing Editor for Fiction Writers Review and Editor of the anthology Grace in Darkness. She teaches at American University in Washington, D.C. and lives in Maryland with her family. Flood is her first novel. You can visit her at www.melissascholesyoung.com.