Everyone, welcome Mark Tulin to our Contributor Interview series, a routine blog feature that introduces you to the wonderful writers whose work will be featured in our upcoming anthology, Byline Legacies.
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“At first glance, Mark’s writing can appear rudimentary but his magic lies in his ability to take the mundane and unveil the consequential facts in a way that speaks to readers on every level.”
-Lizzie Thornton, editor for Cardigan Press
[E] Welcome, Mark! Thank you so much for being here today. We’re eager to know more about you, so tell us: what genres/age ranges do you typically gravitate toward in your writing?
I want to say I write for young adults to retirement age. My poetry is eclectic, but my fiction is more geared toward adults, especially the sexual satire pieces I’ve written for medium.com, and my fictional book, The Asthmatic Kid and Other Stories, which uses a bit of profanity. Frankly, I don’t think about age during the writing process. I’m only thinking of making connections between form and personal experience. Then I mold the initial draft with several edits, and after which, I determine what age group the story best fits.
[E] We definitely understand that; good writing can bypass any intended audience. Yours definitely fits the bill! In what way is your submission to Cardigan Press similar and/or different from your usual exploration?
My short story about Tea House writers stems from personal experience and observation; the dreams writers have about becoming a widely published author. I don’t share a lot about my frustrations with publishers, but I do in this story. The character in “Tea House” displays a relentless dedication to become appreciated and acknowledged for his work. He has a sense of urgency because time is running out.
[E] He certainly does. One of the reasons we chose your story was for the fact that it brought to light the anguish that many writers deal with on a consistent basis. Publishing is not an easy business. Well, besides saving the date for the release of Byline Legacies, how can readers best support you at this time?
In the last six years, I have been much more focused on writing and getting published. I have developed my website, Crow On The Wire, to where I’m finally happy with it. I continue to build up followers and, of course, hoping those at Cardigan could follow me. The website lists my four books, available on Amazon, Mark Tulin’s Amazon Author Page, and the links to my published stories and poetry. I’m also working on developing my poetry reading skills with video poems on YouTube. Lastly, I’m finishing up a novel about a homeless man living in an affluent coastal town in California. Stay tuned for that one.
[E] Oh we admire your bravery to put poetry readings on YouTube. We have yet to venture there in the press! Thank you so much, Mark, for sharing your writing world with us! We can’t wait to get to know you more.
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