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me-on-beach2Hello. I am Russil Tamsen, the quirky editor, author and audiobook voice actor here.

Sixteen or so of my ebooks are self-published through QuirkEbooks, while a few more collabos remain on the back burners.

How did I get here?

After graduating from Brown University I entered corporate life back in the 80s. It didn’t suit me! I found myself venting poetry and lyrics onto paper – although I didn’t care to share it, and anyway the spoken word scene had not yet blown up. As I explored Brooklyn, Philly and San Francisco, I focused instead on becoming a songwriter. Throughout the mid 90s I wandered around the country like Jack Kerouack, living out of a backpack, soon finding that pen and paper were far more portable than guitars and drumkits! I dropped in and out of various music scenes, but all the while I kept lots of notes about my tumbleweed existence. I was a student of hard knocks having surreal dreams and awkward adventures, but gleaning poetic nuggets from it all. Was I a musician writing or a writer musicianing? Hard to say.

My gypsy rock stopped rolling in 2004. I put down roots in Florida so I could become an author. After I learned book design, I wondered how to package and market my works as quirky, hip, bohemian must-haves. Enter An ongoing labor of love, QEB is my ebookstore. (Here’s to staying indie!)

Meanwhile writers in the area kept approaching me for editorial assistance, and so I evolved into a freelance fiction editor.

For a while I helped host a scene of fiction-readers called Wordier Than Thou. This particular literary scene informed my transition into voice acting and audiobook narration. I perform my own writings as a combination of character voicings, spoken word and emotion music, ever hoping to milk a few drops from my pricey BA in Theater Arts! How I would perform your short story or novel for, say, an audiobook would depend entirely on the tone of your writing.

visit my Tumblr blog for writing

visit my Tumblr blog for audiobook narration

visit the pop surrealism art blog that I curate

For questions or clarifications about QuirkEbooks and Russil Tamsen, please contact: [email protected]