Melanie Benjamin was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. An avid reader all her life—as a child, she was the proud winner, several years running, of the summer reading program at her local library—she still firmly believes that a lifetime of reading is the best education a writer can have. While attending Purdue University at Indianapolis, Melanie performed in many community theater productions before, though writing was always beckoning. She soon began writing for local magazines and newspapers before venturing into her first love, fiction. By incorporating her passion for history and biography, Melanie 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 Aviators Wife, a novel about Anne Morrow Lindbergh, released in January 2013. She lives currently lives with her husband and two sons in the Chicago area.