Tammy Fortin, singer and guitarist of Excuses For Skipping is also an accomplished author. Her new science fiction novel is now available here.
T. Fortin is a writer living in the woods of La Honda, California. Her short stories and non-fiction have appeared in Kitchen Sink, Plazm, Raw Vision, WIG, Cups, The City Reader, Lonely Planet Publications and Open Space/SFMOMA. She was a fixture of the early Nineties spoken word scene at the infamous Chameleon, with her writing partner Dot Adams. The two have since, written screenplays and pilots, and are currently awaiting a call from their agent any second now. She's traveled the coast with the Sister Spit Ramblin' Road Show and toured the country playing drums and guitar for the San Francisco based bands, Excuses for Skipping, Aerosol Species, Blue Gum Art, Dyke Van Dick and Michigan’s own—The Lansing Unionized Vaudeville Spectacle.
A Modern Champion of the World is her first novel.
She is currently working on a book of poems to be released by Two Way Mirror Press and a book of short stories in a new style of writing that she calls “Cinematic Fiction.” Available by 2022.
A novel based on the death of her great uncle, Hyland S. Walker in 1861, will be available in 2023.
Summary: Dio takes up a gig as a market research guinea pig and begins a ticklish descent into a world that may or may not exist. A Modern Champion of the World has been called “a non-paginated novel in prose like jokes.” See what all the fuss is about!
Emma Nation, KMUD Radio: “Tammy, your lyrical prose correlates to George Lucas’s special effects. The story’s great, but the special effects create much of the memorable impact.”
Marina Lazzara, Poet: “Wow. It’s a book inside a book inside literary history. I just want to call in sick and read your novel.”
Wendy Taylor Dherin, Writer/Scene Maker: “It’s a comedic dystopian punk rock non-binary psychedelic psyops thriller in nonpaginated prose like form.”
John Boggs, Librarian: “I'm loving the surreal turn it's taken. I like how you pack a lot into your prose, enjoyed how you presented Dio's confused & loopy inner-self."
Lisa Sheffield Guy, Semi-Feral Naturalist: “It reminds me a bit of Armistead Maupin, but edgier in a good way, and I keep thinking it is set back in the 60s, but then get surprised when a modern reference pops in.”
Linda Moody, Singer and Guitarist for Excuses for Skipping: “Tammy Fortin writes the metaphorical tale of Dio, a non-gendered urban slacker who seeks relief from economic woes and a recent break-up, through a cult-like marketing research experiment gone awry. Dio travels into a surreal universe which will leave a permanent mark on their life trajectory. Tammy's cinematic writing style focuses in with microscopic detail, then zooms out brilliantly revealing the deeper meaning of the subtext. I thoroughly enjoyed traveling and laughing with Dio through the "rooms" of their unconscious mind and comical perspectives! A great read!”