Ted Atoka


Ted Atoka retired from the world of business in 2001 and now concentrates his efforts on writing. He spends most of his daylight hours working at his word piano, writing about situations he's familiar with (although some might think they're manufactured). When away from his keyboard, he's usually found caring for a parcel of land that he and "Wifey" refer to as "Paradise."

In between working on books for the Villa Paradiso series and writing collections of short stories, Ted enjoys posting material in his blog: Ted Atoka, Writer from the side of a dirt road (http://tedatoka.wordpress.com/).

Find Ted on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ted-Atoka-writer-From-the-side-of-a-dirt-road/294992180590393

Smashwords Interview

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Wifey and I both enjoy being outdoors. It's a good thing we like the fresh country air because our place on the side of a dirt road has a few acres we look after. When it's too hot, or cold, to be outside we love to cook, and you know what follows that action? Eating; yes, we enjoy good cookin'.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I certainly do, and that's something I'll never forget. When I was a freshman in high school, I wrote a story called "The life expectancy of a collar button." My English teacher returned all the graded papers and told me that if I wanted mine, I had to stay after class...and I did. She handed me my story, and I saw she'd marked it with a failing grade. She said, "I gave you this grade because your story is so well written, I know that you copied it from somewhere."
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Where to buy in print


Moonshadows: 12 Nostalgic Snapshots of Life
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 14,580. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2013. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » General
This is a collection of 12 nostalgic short stories, each reflecting a snapshot of life. You'll find nothing here about death, dying, science fiction, horror, or history. You will find stories that make you smile or laugh out loud.
Fiammetta's Dream
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 49,400. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2013. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Two widows enlist the help of four college grads and build a state-of-the-art retirement facility. They soon discover that life amongst a collection of retirees is not always fun but a daily challenge that includes hilarious antics, romance, and a continuous struggle with an unscrupulous attorney.
Villa Paradiso
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 45,830. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2013. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Four college grads, with ink still damp on their degrees, form an alliance with two mature businesswomen. The plan is to build a state-of-the-art life care retirement facility that the silver-haired pair and other retirees can call home.Toss in a one-armed CEO, Oklahoma’s weather, incompetent employees, a maintenance man without vocal cords,an unscrupulous attorney, and see what happens.
The Last Email: Mourning the Death of an Internet Friend
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 1,400. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Mental health
Nearly everyone has attended a wake. Most have attended a funeral. We spend our lives in relationships of all sorts. When a true friend we’ve never met in person dies, we’re robbed of the chance to say goodbye, pay our respects to family members, or attend a funeral. So what do we do when an Internet friend passes away? How do we say a proper farewell? How do we grieve?
Sour Pickles, Anvils, and Union Suits
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 4,330. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2013. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
This book provides a humorous and sometimes poignant glance into a world that's rapidly retreating into the dim mists of time: attitudes, activities and details of pre-1950 America.

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Smashwords book reviews by Ted Atoka

  • Christian Zombie: A Tale of Sin and Redemption on March 09, 2014

    Several months ago, I convinced myself that the entire zombie genre had reached the point of saturation. Countless zombie eBooks clutter literary cyberspace. Much to my surprise, the cover of Christian Zombie: A Tale of Sin and Redemption attracts me…and to my relief, it turns out to be one of the best zombie texts available in Indie format. While not that familiar with peripatetic Zombies, I admit that Janovy’s book is uniquely enlightening and maddeningly humorous. The author develops a lively, if not lovely, cast of characters that inhabit places from Peru to Nebraska and a few unlikely places in between. Janovy cares enough about his reader, to present a well thought-out and polished text. His hero has investigative and analytical qualities, and enthralls the reader with data about ghost train rides and visits to holy and unholy grounds. If you’re looking for an eBook that’s written with a refreshingly unique point of view, and a read that’s worth every penny of the purchase price go no further; you’ve found such a book with this one, Christian Zombie: A Tale of Sin and Redemption.