Ben’s storytelling adventures started as a Production Assistant on the set of the film, A River Runs Throught It. After forgetting to bring the crew’s walkie talkies, losing Robert Redford’s jacket and asking Brad Pitt if he was related to Paul Newman (in front of Paul Newman) he decided that film production didn’t “speak” to him. Since no one else on the set would speak to him either he knew he needed to find work that required minimal human contact.
THAT he could do.
So he wrote Film and TV scripts for a few years, saw a couple produced and then made a lateral leap, which looked more like a clumsy stumble, into videogames (this was back when they’d take anyone who could say “joystick” without laughing).
He enjoyed it. But even with millions of people playing his games online, he yearned for the writing life and so abandoned lateral leaps and clumsy stumbles and decided to belly flop into the life of an Auror. Wait, that’s not right. Author.
His two series, Shirley Link and The Camelot Kids appeal to young and old alike. Emily Neuburger of Parents.com says, “[Shirley Link] is an amazing series!” and Julie Ann Grasso (author of the Adventure of Caramel Cardamom books) says The Camelot Kids will “leave you clutching onto your Kindle.” Stephen King says, “I’m not providing blurbs at this time,” but Ben is chipping away at King’s resolve.
Ben is currently working on the next Shirley Link story (Shirley Link & The Party Poopers), The Camelot Kids: Book Two and a new Sci-Fi series titled Atticus. He's taken up the writerly life in the Forbidden Forest at 42.5098° N, 72.6995° W.
He's about to begin teaching classes in digital marketing at New York's School of Visual Arts MFA Visual Narrative program in Summer, 2015.
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on Feb. 11, 2014 :
I don't read a lot of mysteries, but I've started to actively look for books that I'll be able to read with my young daughter within the next few years. This story -- and it really is a story, not a novel -- fits the bill nicely.
Like a young Sherlock, Shirley Link (love the name!) uses brilliant deductive reasoning to solve crimes. Also like Sherlock, or more specifically the current BBC version of Sherlock, Shirley has to fight against using her powers for evil.
I wish the whole thing was longer, the other characters were a bit more developed, and the "bad guy" wasn't so obvious, but overall this was a good series introduction. One caveat is that Shirley and her friends read younger than their stated age. This is Middle Grade skewing towards children, not YA.
(review of free book)