Bennett Madison was born in 1981 in Washington DC and grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland. He was educated at Montgomery Blair High School and attended Sarah Lawrence College. He was a childhood friend of John Walker Lindh. His first book, I Hate Valentine’s Day, a light polemic against Valentine’s Day, was published in 2004. He moved to Brooklyn, New York shortly thereafter and began work on several novels. He has published two additional books...Lulu Dark Can See Through Walls (2005) and Lulu Dark & the Summer of the Fox (2006)...about a teenage girl detective, Lulu Dark. In 2009 HarperTeen published his third novel, The Blonde of the Joke. Madison has described himself as being "an open and enthusiastic gay."