Melanie Benjamin is the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling historical novels The Swans of Fifth Avenue and The Aviator's Wife. Her latest, Mistress of the Ritz, is set in one of the world’s most glamorous hotels and during the Nazi occupation of Paris. An Indiana native, Benjamin lives in Chicago and puts her theatrical training to good use at literary events around the country. When she isn't writing or speaking, she's reading. And always looking for new stories to tell.