No, not that TMZ. I’m the other one.
I may not be as fascinating as those guys camping outside Lindsay Lohan’s dad’s former girlfriend’s house, but let me introduce myself nonetheless.
I’m a thirty-something writer, struggler, and wanderer named Thomas Mark Zuniga — or “TMZ,” if you will.
Or if you won’t, “Tom” works too; that’s what most people call me anyway.
I grew up outside Philadelphia with a phenomenal family and faith. Life and Jesus seemed perfect until I moved to Georgia at 12.
That’s when I first learned life and Jesus were kinda messy.
Throughout middle school, high school, and even college, I endured bullying and isolation. Even after graduating from the University of Georgia, I often despaired over where my life was going. A year removed from academia, I gambled on a life-altering cross-country move to southern California despite never having trod anywhere west of the Mississippi.
My four years on the west coast changed my life. I climbed out of introverted isolation and fully embraced passions for writing and youth involvement.
I’ve got a second book, too, about hitting the road for nine months in search of home.
For the moment, I call Asheville, North Carolina home. Though I’m always prone to wander.
Feel free to contact me via your favorite avenue. I never tire hearing from readers.
It’s lonely but lovely out there; won’t you wander with me?