Born and raised in Philadelphia, Ted Fink started writing poetry when he was five, stories when he was twelve, and music when he was eighteen. Throughout his young adult life, he was a restaurateur, entrepreneur, and educator. His unique businesses and life experiences helped set the stage for the tales and novels he has created to date.
From 1977 to 1981 he was co-owner of Superior Fish Company, the largest exporter of Anquilla Rostrata (the American eel), shipping millions of pounds to Europe and Japan. This adventurous business was the catalyst for Ted's first published novel, In Search of Joel Gomez. He has written four additional books: The Tales I’ve Told, a compelling collection of original stories; Game of the Gods, an action-packed adventure novel about a journey into “maybe"; The Incident at Parkside, a gripping crime drama of a 77 year-old hero who returns to the transformed inner city neighborhood of his youth, and his latest novel, Pebbles in the Fire, a mesmerizing tale that takes place in Nicaragua and is a story of hope.
His original songs and music enhance his intense, humorous, and poignant monologues. He is the ultimate performance artist and has acted in several major theatrical productions. Many things may change, but one constant will always remain - Ted Fink will push the boundaries of traditional storytelling.
The Tales I've Told
The Tales I've Told is a collection of uniquely 20th century American stories. Told through the experiences and reflections of Ted Fink these compelling tales trace America's immigrant experience from its post-war boom to its stagnation and malaise as the 20th century ends. While the stories are deeply personal and reflect the particular experiences of one man they will be familiar to many Americans as they show the spirit of the times in urban America.
These stories were perfected in live performances In theaters, clubs, concerts, and festivals.
In Search of Joel Gomez
In Search of Joel Gomez is a gritty epic adventure of Philadelphia writer and father-to-be Mickey Mazen who loses his life savings in a failed business and must put his dreams on hold to survive. To save himself, he enters the lucrative but grueling enterprise of buying and exporting the American eel, a prized delicacy in Europe and Japan.
Mazen’s new business takes him on a perpetual road trip, from the fishing villages of Nova Scotia, to the rivers of North Carolina, and ultimately deep into the jungle of the Dominican Republic in search of the elusive, and increasingly overfished, eel.
As the competition encroaches on his fishermen, greed, deception and crime rear their ugly heads and Mazen is in a constant battle to keep the business alive. But what he discovers at the end of his journey, is much deadlier than anything he could have imagined and he is forced to make a choice that will change his life forever.
Pebbles in the Fire
Action, Adventure, Drama
Pebbles in the Fire, Ted Fink’s latest mesmerizing novel, takes place in Nicaragua and is a story of hope. It revolves around a young boy who was sold into servitude at the age of 5, a poor farmer who desperately wants to have his three-year-old son's cleft palate repaired, and a young American girl taken in by a band of rebels after her parents were killed by federal forces. Together they begin a courageous and perilous journey to reach Managua before the surgeons from Operation Smile leave the country.
The Incident at Parkside
Drama, Thriller, Mystery
In Ted Fink’s novel, The Incident at Parkside, seventy-seven-year-old Melvin Kappernick does something unexpected; instead of retiring to a gated community in Florida, he moves back to the neighborhood of his youth in an attempt to recapture some of the mystery and magic he knew as a boy. But the area has completely changed, and Kappernick finds himself embroiled in a drama that turns violent. Poignant and gripping you won’t be able to put this book down.
Game of the Gods
Ted Fink is an amazing storyteller and this is his latest spellbinding tale!
Game of the Gods is an action-packed adventure novel about a journey into “maybe.” For maybe, just maybe, we are all mere pawns in a game being played by the gods.
Harrison Shepard wants a quick and easy story. Instead, he gets the adventure of a lifetime. Maybe it’s the gods who make this down-on-his-luck investigative reporter follow a ridiculous, nagging clue to a blockbuster story. And maybe, just maybe, it’s these same gods who cause a sadistic mafia henchman to snap, kill an associate, kidnap and brutalize a young woman that fate puts in his way. And who else could make a seasoned sailor travel clear across the country to find a monstrosity of a ship—one certainly bound for hell—built by a man who believes not in faith but in the corner bar?
Game of the Gods puts all these people together for one hell of a ride.