Melinda Rainey Thompson
Melinda Rainey Thompson will always be “from” the small town of Greenville, Alabama, even though she lived in Birmingham for the twenty-five years and now resides in Homewood, Alabama. She has an undergraduate degree in English from Tulane University, where she was a Kappa Kappa Gamma, and an MA in English from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She was a member of Birmingham-Southern College’s English faculty from 1988 to 1994. In August 1999, Melinda began writing and publishing The SWAG Letter, which continued for the next four years. Since then, she has published two books of her essay collections: SWAG: Southern Women Aging Gracefully (2006) and The SWAG Life (2007). Her first book, SWAG, graced the SIBA best-seller list for 17 weeks in a row.I Love You--Now Hush (cowritten with Morgan Murphy) was a 2010 ForeWord Reviews' Book of the Year winner and a 2011 Benjamin Franklin Award finalist, both in the Humor category.
Melinda is married to Bill Thompson, Presiding Judge of the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals. They have three children (Warner, Nat, and Lily), 10 fish that were supposed to die by now, and an 18-year-old cat that refuses to go into the light.