E.L. Cyrs, Author & Storyteller
I am an introverted author whose main subject is his unconventional, extroverted alter-ego. I know that sounds a bit convoluted.
The writer in me enjoys the hermitage and isolation of being in my own head. In that creative, immersive space exists the endless joy of the imagination. When I begin writing, the world fades to silence, and I experience an indescribable comfort in the narrowing of focus.
My alter ego, Baba the Storyteller, is an engaging study in contrast. For the past 25 years, he has been touring the world, sharing music, storytelling and teaching.
The two of them are one but never do they interfere with the others creativity serenity.
No, I do not suffer from Associative Identity Disorder (popularly known as “Multiple Personality) nor am I schizophrenic. I am a creative, and most creatives will tell you that they possess traits and characteristics similar to mine.
For so many years, the performer in me exercised his will over the shy introverted writer. Baba prefers the stage and to be surrounded by people. He prefers to travel and explore the unknown.
It is only recently that the writer in me has emerged to assume his place as the chronicler of Baba’s many adventures.
My new book Road of Ash and Dust: The Awakening of a Soul in Africa is the first in, what will be, a series of publications chronicling the exploits of Baba the Storyteller.
I wanted to start near the beginning with Baba’s journey of self-discovery. It was important for me to create an environment of transparency so that readers may understand his motivations, his desires. Introducing Baba to readers via his pilgrimage to West Africa seemed a logical marker in time.
Road of Ash and Dust is more than a memoir. It, specifically, is a glimpse into an aspect of the African-American experience rarely committed to print. Universally, it is the struggle for identity that we all face at some time in our lives.
As I stated previously, I am an introverted author whose subject is his extremely extroverted alter-go. It really is that simple.
2017 Heritage Award Honoree The past few months have been a blur. December I was touring in Spain and the Canary Islands (short video clip of part of a performance there). While in Spain I participated in a Spanish Book Festival to promote ROAD and then returned to a...read more