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Benita Brown was born and brought up in Newcastle-upon-Tyne where she now lives.  She trained as an actress in London where she met her husband, who was working for the BBC.  After marrying and having four children Benita became a full time writer; writing for radio and magazines. 

When her first romance, written under the pseudonym Clare Benedict, was published in 1991, she joined the RNA.  After six more romances Benita changed genre and now writes sagas under her own name, Benita Brown. 

The first nine sagas are set in Victorian/Edwardian Tyneside.  One of these, Fortune’s Daughter, was long-listed for the Romantic Novel of the Year Award.  In her more recent books Benita has moved forward to the mid-twentieth century and although not all the action is set in Tyneside the area still has a strong influence.

It's a fact

Barbara Cartland is regarded as the world’s most prolific author with over 700 titles. She wrote 550 + of those after leaving the Romantic Novelists’ Association in 1965 – in protest against the word ‘Romantic' in its title.