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"Southern author. New Orleans character. Wisdom seeker. Provocateur. Swamp empress. Warrior-poet. Cotton-candy lover. Country club banned. I'm on my journey." ~ TJ Fisher
TJ Fisher is a Southern author, documentarist and social critic from Bourbon Street in the Vieux Carré (old square) -- the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana. She also hails from the Town of Palm Beach, Florida. Anointed by The Advocate as "suitably outrageous and eccentric to represent New Orleans," Fisher's 1959 pink Cadillac convertible Lulabell is prominently featured in her works of fiction.
TJ's award-winning works on New Orleans capture the heart and soul of the city; her colorful narratives and imagery chronicle the people, places and spirit of New Orleans, past and present. Taking readers on resonate and deep journeys of passion and emotion, TJ's original voice grabs hold and ignites the senses; she provokes and stirs the emotions. She is well known for unleashing torrents of lush and spirited words.
Her critically acclaimed "Orleans Embrace with The Secret Gardens of the Vieux Carré" and "Hearsay from Heaven and Hades: New Orleans Secrets of Sinners and Saints" books garnered major kudos and national literary honors.
The much anticipated "Pearly Gates People" characters of "THE PEARLY GATES OF PURGATORY promenade series manuscripts have not yet been finalized and released for print and dramatic adaptation. [Books: Baby Doll Gomba, Zin-Zin, Flambeau, Peristyle, Mascarade, Société, Procession.] The sweeping series is set in New Orleans, Dallas and Palm Beach.
Publication of TJ's forthcoming coffee-table pictorial "Vieux Carré Chic the Art of Overindulgent Home Décor" has been rolled back.
When discussing her "Pearly Gates" novel series, TJ says: "Me? I know the sensation of a spectacular rise and fall into heaven and hell on earth. What it's like to open the door into a house of deceit. The shadowlands ... of life written in chalk. Permeable truth and fiction. Oh yeah, the incarnation of the dream unfolding, a woman whose dramatic life, meteoric rise to fortune, and equally sudden eclipse back into darkness, then spiral into fame, can scarily have an equal. But there're always consequences. With all my family's foibles and shortcomings, at least they never raised me to believe life's fair. It's not. Even as a small child I knew that beyond the golden sunshine, destiny's cruel. Cold. Dark. God has a weird and warped sense of humor. The mold of Southern quirkiness is unalterable. Peppermint drop mouths mashed with cut glass, sweet potato pie and Praline Brittle. It leaves complex scars that can't be erased.
"I have many deeply flawed Old South 'crazy' ancestors. I descend from a long line of colorful characters and riches to rags -- and rags to riches -- fabled tales that have a mythic quality that echoes Greek tragedy. My own life is a classic Tennessee William play, a continuum, set in umpteen acts. I live an over-the-top Southern Gothic life that no novelist would ever dare to pen. I am an ultimate survivor, in the face of adversity."
TJ agrees that the only way to tell the truth is in fiction but declines to admit how much of her "Pearly Gates" work is a true story. She will leave that up to the reader to determine, she says.
Her multiple literary awards span PMA Benjamin Franklin Awards, including double gold for "Best New Voice Nonfiction" and "Bill Fisher Award for Best First Nonfiction Book"; gold Ippy Award; Nautilus Book Award; two gold National Best Book Awards; Eric Hoffer Award; Southern Independent Bookseller Alliance honors; Pirates Alley Faulkner Society Faulkner-Wisdom short-list novel.
She is a member of the Writers Guild of America (WGA), Directors Guild of America (DGA), Producers Guild of America (PGA), Dramatists Guild of America (DG), Authors Guild (AG), National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (ATAS), Screen Actors Guild (SAG), Actors' Equity Association (AEA), and other professional guilds and organizations.
Learn more about flamboyant, quirky, outspoken, opinionated and all-original author TJ Fisher at TJFISHER.COM, TJFISHER.NET and Facebook!