Mary Martin Benton was raised on a dairy ranch in central California. As a teenager she participated in rodeos, riding with a local equestrian drill team. She has worked in farm management, raised cotton, fruit trees and walnuts. Her roots, long buried in agriculture, bring authenticity to her writing and reflect her love for the land. A quest to learn more about her family’s heritage resulted in her first novel, Dulsey . Mary still works in agriculture and lives with her husband on a ranch in central California.