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.”
This hilarious, irreverent, and brutally honest book tells the author’s story of faith, doubt, and disbelief—and how she walked away from church without turning her back on God. Although a stand-alone memoir, Fleeing Oz is part two of a trilogy and picks up where Monsters’ Throwdown leaves off. The third part of the trilogy, The Fetus Chronicles: Podcasts from My Miseducated Self is due out in April 2017.
On sale at Amazon
Author’s website: www.eleanortomczyk.com