My writing and editing experience includes:
- Working on more than 20 book manuscripts
- Collaborating with Wendell Berry, Bobbie Ann Mason, Silas House, Gwynn Hyman Rubio and others on the book Missing Mountains
- Publishing in TheAtlantic.com, Pulitzer Prize-Winning InsideClimate News, the award-winning Jackson Hole News and Guide and many other places
- Winning a Fellowship in Environmental Journalism from Middlebury College
- Receiving Keene Summer Fellowship from UT Austin
- Being awarded an MA in Creative Writing from UT Austin and a Minor in Creative writing from Stanford University
- Receiving a Bing award trip through Stanford University to the Amazon for an essay I wrote on the Peruvian Amazon
- Editing my first book manuscript 15 years ago
- Leading Creative Writing workshops for undergraduates at UT Austin, for Writers in the Park and the Jackson Hole Writers Conference.
I’ve always loved the writing craft. From a very young age, I started editing other people’s writing. At twenty-five, I set out to discover how to get published. That year I collaborated with some of my heros including Wendell Berry, Bobbie Ann Mason, Gwyn Hyman Rubio, Silas House, and my very own dad, Charles Bracelen Flood, on a book entitled Missing Mountains. They selected my piece to be the first chapter in the book. The next thing I knew Appalachian Heritage printed my first short story and the Lexington Herald Leader published my first book review. Then I had another short story published in the book We All Live Downstream.
After that, I attended the University of Texas at Austin, which has one of the best Creative Writing programs in the country. That’s where I started my first novel The Way Minnows Kiss. After graduating from there, I kept writing and publishing and received a Middlebury Fellowship in Environmental Journalism.
And now after being published in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Inside Climate News and TheAtlantic.com, I’m still as in love with the craft as ever. These days I’m shopping my first novel around to agents. And I recently started another novel, which is singing along.
Meanwhile, I’m delighting in helping other writers and teams ignite their creativity and bring their books into the world. I’ve collaborated with writers on everything from children’s books to novels to memoir to biographies. You can see what some of them have to say on the “Praise” page of this website. The joy of seeing a work of fiction or non-fiction come fully into being and get better and better with each revision amazes me.
These days I also lead writing workshops for writers and professionals. I continue to edit non-fiction that addresses critical health, environmental, and social questions. But if you have an idea outside the range of these topics, pitch me, and we’ll see if it’s a fit.