Based in Cincinnati, Melinda Hershey has been a published writer since 2004. Her articles have appeared in the "Dayton Daily News," University of Cincinnati's "News Record," BabyFit.com, and SparkPeople.com. She received first place in the "Dayton Daily News" Annual Short Story Contest in 2005. Hershey is a graduating senior at the University of Cincinnati with a B.S. in health promotion and education.