My name is Ted Torres, and I'm an author and musician from New Orleans, Louisiana.
I was born in New Orleans on March 24th, 1972, and like most writers I began telling stories at a very early age. I used pen and paper, but also a surprisingly diverse collection of materials ranging from projector slides to 1/2 VHS video, and during my years at Holy Cross High School in New Orleans, I entered an annual film festival sponsored by Louisiana State University and won the thing no less than four years in a row. Naturally, this inspired me to dream of one day going to film school and pursuing a career as a film director.
But despite the support of family and friends, life had a different agenda for me. In 1996, I earned a B.A. in English Literature from the University of New Orleans, where under the linage of some of the most inspiring professors I have ever known, I fell in love with the written and spoken word, absorbing the classics of both the British and American literary canon, and ultimately, adopting the novel format as my primary means of storytelling.
In the years that followed, I was fortunate enough to be able to work as a professional musician in the clubs along world-famous Bourbon Street in the New Orleans French Quarter, and after the tragic events of Hurricane Katrina, I relocated to the state of Alabama where I continued to work as a musician while pursuing the dream of one day finding agency representation and a commercial publisher for my work.
In June of 2014, I returned to the city that made me.
In 2001, I completed my first novel, The Petrified Christ, during a break from writing a larger more complex piece that would eventually become my second novel, 2006's Scenes from the Blanket. Both books, however, were published on my own dime with the sole purpose being to give them life in this highly competitive world of book publishing.
I've recently completed a draft of a third novel manuscript, and it is this book that I work on daily and plan to use as my springboard into the legitimate market of popular contemporary fiction.