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Melanie Benjamin was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. An avid reader all her lifeas a child, she was the proud winner, several years running, of the summer reading program at her local libraryshe still firmly believes that a lifetime of reading is the best education a writer can have.
While attending Indiana UniversityPurdue University at Indianapolis, Melanie performed in many community theater productions before meeting her husband, moving to the Chicago area and raising two sons. Writing was always beckoning, however, and soon she began writing for local magazines and newspapers before venturing into her first love, fiction. As Melanie Hauser, she published two contemporary novels.
By incorporating her passion for history and biography, Melanie, now writing as Melanie Benjamin, has finally found her niche writing historical fiction, concentrating on the "stories behind the stories." ALICE I HAVE BEEN is her first historical novel; THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MRS. TOM THUMB her second. Her third, THE AVIATOR'S WIFE, a novel about Anne Morrow Lindbergh, released in January 2013.
She and her family still live in the Chicago area; when she's not writing, she's gardening, taking long walks, rooting for the Cubs
And reading, of course.