Holly-Jane Rahlens kam Anfang der 70er Jahre aus ihrer Heimatstadt New York nach Berlin. Mit Funkerzählungen, Hörspielen und Solo-Bühnenshows machte sie sich dort in den 80ern und 90ern einen Namen. Außerdem arbeitete sie als Journalistin, Radiomoderatorin und Fernsehautorin, bis sie sich ganz dem Schreiben widmete.
Holly-Jane Rahlens, a born New Yorker, grew up in Brooklyn and Queens and graduated from Queens College. She moved to Berlin soon after where she has lived virtually all her adult life. While remaining an American citizen, she has flourished in the German media world, working in radio, television and film as an actress, producer, and commentator, and creating a series of highly-praised one-woman-shows. She has written two novels for adults, Becky Bernstein Goes Berlin, Mazel Tov in Las Vegas and Infinitissimo. In 2003 her first novel for teens, Prinz William, Maximilian Minsky and Me, earned the prestigious Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis as the best young adult novel published in Germany. In 2006 the Association of Jewish Libraries named it a Sydney Taylor Honor Book. It has since been published in 15 countries, twelve languages, and was released in Germany as a major motion picture in fall 2007. Rahlens has published ten novels to date and is currently working on several screenplays, two of which are based on her novels.