Born in 2000, Benjamin Fraser grew up on the beaches of Torquay, Victoria, the primary setting for this book. At the age of eight, he became a Nipper at the Torquay Surf Life Saving Club and soon fell in love with the sea. Besides surfing and swimming, his biggest passion is storytelling. This stems from his years at Ashby Primary School in Geelong West where he was introduced to Andy Griffiths’ Just series. As a boy, his favourite characters of all time were Mary Poppins, Indiana Jones, and Captain Jack Sparrow – the three major inspirations for Jonny Byron.
As a student at Geelong College, Benjamin developed an interest in screenwriting, often typing screenplays in his spare time. After graduating, he decided to pursue a career in the film industry, aspiring to be a professional screenwriter. He yearns to transform his scripts – many of which are set in Australia (including a Jonny Byron musical) – into industry-standard features. He also adores fanfiction, having written some of his own. To read Benjamin’s fanfiction and/or donate to funding his original projects, visit his website at https://benjaminfraser9.wixsite.com/studentofthescreen.