Ben Zackheim


I was one of the first writers to jump into the blogging scene, as Joystiq's first Senior Editor. My team and I led the blog's meteoric rise to the top of the blogosphere, writing headlines like "Pac-Man Hat defies any fashion sense - buy one now!" Good times.

But I wasn't satisfied with just writing about games, so I made some. After producing titles for Sony and ESPN I moved on to AOL's where my team's online games (IceBreakers, Penguin Pirates and Book of Treasures) have been played by over ten million people.

Now? Now I'm all about Shirley. The Shirley Link series grew from my need for a teen hero who knows what she's doing. There's no stumbling across victory with Shirley. She plans eight moves ahead to ensure victory. I could write her forever, and plan to. But that doesn't mean I don't have other worlds ready to spring!

In fact, I can't wait to roll out my next series, The Camelot Kids.

The Camelot Kids is a fantasy adventure set in 2012. Merlin travels the world to recruit 150 descendants of the Knights of the Round Table -- every last one of them teenagers. He needs their help to save the hidden kingdom of New Camelot. Sure, the greatest wizard to ever live may be prepared for the random rogue wizard, or a hive of hungry dragons, but is Merlin ready for The Camelot Kids?

I live in Massachusetts, surrounded by the Forbidden Forest, with my wife and son. I'm scheduled to begin teaching classes in digital marketing at New York's School of Visual Arts MFA Visual Narrative program in 2015.

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Shirley Link & The Hot Comic
Series: Shirley Link, Book 2. You set the price! Words: 10,730. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective
Thor, Iron Man and The Hulk need some help! A perfect edition of The Avengers #1 comic book is about to be stolen by a supremely confident thief. Can the first appearance of the super-team escape his clutches? If Shirley has anything to say about it, you bet. But even with a ton of clues she senses more is going on than a simple heist. Is her new arch-enemy after more than a valuable comic book?
Shirley Link & The Safe Case
Series: Shirley Link, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 9,720. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective
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Shirley Link's kickoff adventure pits her wits against a thief who's stolen thirty thousand dollars from her school's safe. Usually, she'd wrap that kind of case up before The Big Bang Theory. But there's one intriguing detail. The half-ton safe disappeared too! Shirley must find the culprit quickly or her beloved principal, Mr. Reese, will lose his job.

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