Tea Benduhn lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her two cats. She has an MFA in creative writing from Emerson College in Boston, and a BA in English and secondary education from Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Of Gravel Queen, she says:
"I wanted to write an uplifting story about teen love that had a positive outcome. When I was growing up and discovering my identity, I read a lot about the tragic consequences of following desire lines, as well as negative stereotypes about the South, but did not see much evidence of either in my real, daily experience. So I wrote Gravel Queen to show the celebratory and fun part of teen life."