Claudia Wuttke studied Comparative Literature and Philosophy in Hamburg, Madrid and Berlin. She worked as an editor of the Ullstein publishing house, with the literary agent Dr. Ray-Güde Mertin, and most recently was programme publishing manager at HarperCollins Germany. Her debut novel was published in 2005 by dtv. Since then she has successfully published several books as an author and translated others from English and Spanish. Today she works as a freelance writing coach and author, Jana Bennings is one of her pseudonyms. She lives with her daughter in Hamburg.