Ben Brown was born in Motueka and is of Waikato-Tainui descent. The 2009 writer-in-residence at Hagley College in Christchurch, he was awarded the Maori Writer’s Residency at the Michael King Writers' Centre in 2011. Brown turned his book, The Kindling and the Blaze: Reflections on the Concept of Mana, into a performance piece that explored the Maori concept of mana; the book was shortlisted in the 2014 Nga Kupu Ora Aotearoa Maori Book Awards. Brown has written over twenty children's books, frequently collaborating with his wife, the illustrator Helen Taylor. Ngā Raukura Rima Tekau M ā Rima was shortlisted for a Te Kura Pounamu Award, Fifty-Five Feathers was shortlisted for a Russell Clark Award, and A Booming in the Night won Best Picture Book from the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards. He currently lives in Lyttelton, New Zealand.