Amber Nicole Benson (born January 8, 1977) is an American actress, novelist and filmmaker, best known as Tara Maclay, Willow Rosenberg's lesbian lover in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She has also directed movies, such as Chance, Lovers Liars And Lunatics, and Drones, and in recent years has focused on writing novels, such as the five-book "Calliope Reaper-Jones" series, and Clueless: Senior Year, a graphic novel sequel to the film.
- Deleted Scene: She was all but edited out of the movie Can't Hardly Wait because her character (known only as Stoned Girl) would have pushed the theatrical version to an R rating.
- One of Us: Comic book fan turned writer, and bookworm turned published author. Her first novel, Death's Daughter, was released on February 24, 2009. The sequel, Cat's Claw, was released on February 23, 2010, the third book, Serpent's Storm, on February 22, 2011, and the fourth, How To Be Death, on February 28, 2012. The fifth and final book, The Golden Age of Death, was released on February 26, 2013. Her latest book, The Witches of Echo Park, was released on January 16, 2015.