M.H. Herlong has lived all over the South, from South Carolina to Florida and Virginia, and currently resides in New Orleans. Her book, Buddy, is set in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. Before her career as an author of books for children and teens, Ms. Herlong spent time teaching, sailing, practicing law, and raising four sons. Buddy is a nominee for the 2015-2016 Volunteer State Book Award in the Intermediate division.