Dorothea Benton Frank: Biography

Dorothea Benton Frank

Dorothea Benton Frank, née Benton, grew up alongside her four siblings, Lynn, William, Theodore and Michael, in South Carolina. She attended High School in Charleston before heading to Atlanta, Georgia to study at the The Fashion Institute of America, where she graduated in 1972. For more than ten years after her graduation, she worked buying and selling sportswear. This work took her from Atlanta to San Francisco, and eventually up to New York. She married her husband Peter Frank and moved with him to New Jersey in 1985, just after their daughter, Victoria, was born. The birth of their son, William, followed just three years later.

Throughout her writing career, Frank’s childhood has been her biggest influence on her writing. The time she spent living with her siblings in South Carolina resonates strongly throughout her work and gives readers a real flavour of her childhood.

Frank’s first book, Sullivan’s Island: A Low Country Tale, was inspired by her childhood on Sullivan’s Island with her brothers and sisters. She wrote the book shortly after the death of her mother, and was determined to buy back her childhood family home, which was sold following her mother’s passing, with the money she earned. She did sell the million pounds which she had hoped, and this first book was translated into 10 different languages. She has also written 13 further novels which have all made it into the New York Times Bestseller list.

Dorothea Benton Frank now spends half of her time living in New Jersey and half of her time in the area of South Carolina where she grew up. She enjoys cooking and loves fly fishing when she isn’t travelling the globe.