TJ Bennett is a former Romance Writers of America (RWA) Golden Heart finalist whose first novel, The Legacy (2008), a historical romance set in Early Reformation Germany, explores the destructive nature of secrets. Her follow-up novel, The Promise, released in 2009. TJ has placed in a number of writing contests, including the Daphne du Maurier, the Lone Star, the Lauries, the Heart to Heart, the Emerald City Opener, and many others.
TJ is the former editor as well as a contributor for the Los Angeles Romance Authors’ (LARA) award-winning newsletter, The LARA Confidential. TJ has led writing workshops and spoken on the literary “black moment.” She knows a lot about the black moments of life and uses that knowledge to enhance her writing. She believes nothing is ever lost, and no painful experience is in vain: it’s all research.
Her varied background includes extensive travel in her youth as a military dependent in Europe; being president of her own consulting and training business for several years, where she used the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator personality profiler to help CEOs and managers develop successful work teams; and working thirteen years as a civilian contract negotiator for the US Air Force, buying multimillion-dollar satellite and weapons systems. Armed with a BA and an MA in English, she began teaching college writing in 2002.