Nicole Seitz is the author of six highly acclaimed novels—Beyond Molasses Creek, The Inheritance of Beauty, Saving Cicadas, A Hundred Years of Happiness, Trouble the Water, and The Spirit of Sweetgrass. Most recently, she edited When You Pass through Waters: Words of Hope and Healing from Your Favorite Authors for flood relief. Seitz holds a B.A. in journalism from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a B.F.A. in illustration from Savannah College of Art and Design. She lives in Charleston, SC where she teaches art and summer workshops for creative writing and illustration. Her seventh novel, The Cage-maker, releases in August 2017 from University of South Carolina Press.