Obligatory Bio

Sepia filtered picture of Ren Benton looking like a disapproving schoolmarmRen Benton’s talent for perceiving disaster in every situation is most productively applied to tormenting the characters she writes. She began devouring romance novels at an inappropriately young age because she was a voracious reader, the nearest library was far, and a quarter at any yard sale bought a brown paper bag stuffed with Harlequins and Silhouettes. She currently writes contemporary romance in which the protagonists are the greatest obstacle to their own happiness.

For an overview of my writing philosophy, check out my “manifesto.”


All marketing outreach will be reported as spam, so spare your list a blow to its reputation score and move along.

Everybody not trying to sell me something can find me as follows:

Email: mail@renbenton.com

Twitter: @RenBenton (I extremely do not utilize social media in the manner of someone who enjoys it, so if you need a response from me, email is the best option.)

Comment Policy

I will respond to comments to which I have a response, but it may be a while before I see them because blog maintenance is low on my list of priorities. I am socially awkward and ungood at small talk, so comments lacking concrete, actionable content are likely to leave me at a loss for something to say. If your happiness depends on a response from me, perhaps append a random question (i.e., How many grams of fiber have you consumed so far today? or Had any interesting wildlife encounters lately?) to your comment as a prompt. (This would also be helpful in regard to email interactions.)

I reserve the right to delete comments at my discretion.

Your Information

I once left a comment on an author’s blog, and that charming individual harvested my email address and signed me up for her newsletter. I haven’t used a real email address for commenting at an untrusted site since then.

Feel free to use a fake email address when commenting here. The spam police may send your comment to detention if it’s egregiously fishy, but I’ll bail it out eventually.

In the event you do use your real email address, I swear by the power of righteous indignation to never use it for any purpose because I know how much that sucks.

Likewise, if you email me, I will not use your contact information for any purpose other than replying to your message.

If you email me a question, I will answer you via email. If I think that answer is of general interest, I may use it as a Q&A post, but I will not print your exact words or your name unless you specify “feel free to use my exact words and name in a Q&A post” or words to that effect at the initial point of contact.

Mailing List

Since I’m no longer writing things for which I don’t get paid up front (see this post for a brief explanation), there will be nothing new to announce and the mailing list has been deactivated. If you previously signed up, your information was scrubbed and will not be sold, traded, or exported for any purpose.

Tip Jar

If you miss my short-lived Patreon (RIP), would like to buy me a cup of tea or a bag of flour, have been stricken with pirate’s remorse, or just feel strongly that I don’t charge enough for my books, contributions of any size are always welcome.


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