Tantra Bensko's novels have won gold medal from Readers Favorite (Glossolalia) for Intrigue, silver medal from eLit (Floating on Secrets) for Romance, and bronze medal (Encore) for Mystery/Suspense/Thriller. Encore was listed by BestThrillers as one of the dozen best Thrillers of the year, beating out competing authors like Stephen King, George R. R. Martin, John Grisham and Dean Koontz. Hundreds of her stories live in magazines. She teaches fiction writing with UCLA X Writing Program, Writers.com, and OWA, her own Online Writing Academy. She edits manuscripts with OWA and with Book Butchers. She lives in Berkeley, where she likes to play tennis, whistle at house finches, pet trees and talk to flowers on her walks around town, and dance dance dance.