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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BookElves Anthology Volume 1
by Jemima Pett, Rebecca M. Douglass, Fiona Ingram, M. G. King, Wendy Leighton-Porter, S. Smith, & Ben Zackheim
Seven stories, seven situations threatening the festivities – a postbag that gets bigger, a Santa in summer, the strange disappearance of the gifts, a petnapping gang, a snowstorm in the wilds, a kidnapped messenger, and a whole raft of celebrations that are too strange to contemplate.
Will the holidays be a disaster? Or will seven bookelves weave seasonal magic?
Shirley Link & The Hot Comic
by Ben Zackheim
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
by Ben Zackheim
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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