Benjamin's previous novels include the national bestseller Alice I Have Been, about Alice Liddell, the inspiration for Alice in Wonderland; The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb, the story of 32-inch-tall Lavinia Warren Stratton, a star during the Gilded Age; and The Girls in the Picture, about the friendship and creative partnership between two of Hollywood's earliest female legends—screenwriter Frances Marion and superstar Mary Pickford.
Her novels have been translated in more than 15 languages, featured in national magazines such as Good Housekeeping, People, and Entertainment Weekly, and optioned for film.
Benjamin is a native of the Midwest, having grown up in Indianapolis, Ind., where she pursued her first love, theater. Benjamin, a life-long reader (including being the proud winner, two years in a row, of her hometown library's summer reading program!), raised two sons before pursuing a career in writing.
After writing her own parenting column for a local magazine and winning a short story contest, Benjamin published two contemporary novels under her real name, Melanie Hauser, before turning to historical fiction.
Benjamin lives in Virginia with her husband. In addition to writing, she puts her theatrical training to good use by being a member of the "Authors Unbound" speakers bureau. When she isn't writing or speaking, she's reading. And always looking for new stories to tell.