Ben Atkins completed the first draft of his first novel aged only seventeen, and yet writes with the maturity of a forty year old. He is a student of Political Studies and Film & Media Studies at Auckland University. He has a deep interest in how politics permeates and defines society. This, tied in with his passion for mid-20th century crime fiction, resulted in Drowning City. Ben intends to continue writing fiction alongside his growing interest in film and screenwriting.