Who is the Storyteller?
Welcome to the blog of Eleanor Tomczyk, which features the musings of an engagingly funny, African-American, baby-boomer, and ex-Evangelical—who survived the Kool-Aid and became a humorist storyteller. The author is still trying to figure out how she got here and where she needs to go before she dies.
The storyteller finally discovered that becoming a writer just might get her there—wherever there is. At the age of 60, the wife, mother, singer, actress, motivational speaker, and award-winning voice-over talent set out to reinvent herself, and she hasn’t stopped since. Eleanor lives in the South with her amazing husand of 37 years and has published two books with a third due out in 2017: Monsters’ Throwdown (2013) and Fleeing Oz (2015), and The Fetus Chronicles: Podcasts from My Miseducated Self (2017). Monsters’ Throwdown is a rousing no-nonsense memoir and brilliantly humorous tale of survival under duress. It’s about a petunia blossoming in an onion patch. Historical and social topics touched on are far-reaching, from women’s and civil rights, to the hippie culture and commune living. The story is universally appealing, crossing the boundaries of race, gender, and age. But even after all is said and done, Monsters’ Throwdown is a beautiful love story.
Fleeing Oz is the journey of the author from her early days as an African-American girl living on a cult-like communal farm with a bunch of white kids, to her final escape from organized religion right before Barack Obama’s election in 2008. The story is told with grace. Far from cruel or mocking, Tomczyk resists the temptation to do unto others as they have done unto her, choosing instead to use humor where others might use hate.
An edgy coming-of-age tale about a baby boomer who wants to follow God without getting crushed by God’s people in the process, Fleeing Oz will cause anyone who’s every struggled with faith, doubt, and disillusionment to stand up and say “amen.”
With The Fetus Chronicles, writer and humorist Eleanor L. Tomczyk completes the trilogy she started with Monsters’ Throwdown and Fleeing Oz. Her latest book shares deep insights and absurdly hilarious moments Tomczyk has collected from her life. She presents her unique humor and perspective through a fantastic conceit: podcasts to her unborn self. Tomczyk’s voice and cutting commentary travel back through the decades and into the womb. She’s here to tell her baby self all the things she should know about the world and all the lessons she will learn. Eleanor L. Tomczyk advises her fetus self on everything from the dangers of douching to the use of words as deadly weapons. Special podcast guest stars range from Tomczyk’s Aunt Lily—“Church Lady Extraordinaire”—to her own eyes and other body parts. When her children follow the “Little Barbarian Manifesto,” and her own organs start reminding her about the passing of time, all the reader can do is laugh out loud.
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