Mildred Wirt Benson also wrote series books that were not Stratemeyer products. Most of these were published under her own name. She eventually wrote 135 books.
Benson was the first person to earn a master’s degree in journalism at the University of Iowa; she worked for 58 years as a reporter and columnist in Ohio, first for The Toledo Times and then for The Toledo Blade.
Benson once stated:
“I cannot avoid the conclusion that much of my writing was based upon an unfulfilled desire for adventure.”
Dyer, Carolyn Steward ed. Rediscovering Nancy Drew. University of Iowa Press, 1995. p. 61.
Interestingly, later in life she also became a pilot and an adventurer who made trips to Mexico and Central America. Mildred Wirt Benson died in 2002.