Mark Tulin

“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

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, 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.

In what way is your story in Byline Legacies 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.

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.

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