Welcome to our Author Spotlight, where we shine a light on writers, authors, and literary wonders worldwide.
Today our spotlight is shining on Tristan Tuttle, writer of the poetry collection A Kudzu Vine of Blood and Bone.
1. First, tell us a little about your book/project?
My current work is a collection of poems called A Kudzu Vine of Blood and Bone. It is all about motherhood, nature, spirituality and how all these things have intersected in my life. It releases on April 18th!
2. What kind of research did you do and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
This book came from my life experiences, so I guess about 35 years, but more specifically, I started writing it after the birth of my second daughter. She's 2.5 now, but I also pulled from my first postpartum experience as well.
3. If you could tell your younger writing self one thing, what would it be?
Just write a little everyday. It all adds up! Write it down: a bit of dialogue overheard at the grocery store, the tender moment you saw on the bus between strangers...it all is meaningful. And the more you write, the more you will write. Once you get used to exercising that writing muscle the easier it is to do a lot in a short period of time.
4. Can you tell us a bit about your writing space? Is there something you need to have when writing a book?
I wrote A Kudzu Vine of Blood and Bone at my kitchen table, the library, in the car, at night on my phone...all over the place. I would love to say that I have a dedicated writing space full of plants and all the tea I could drink, but I have two small kids that I homeschool. I don't currently have a room of my own, as Virginia Woolf suggested. I have to do the best I can with what I've got. And, frankly, I feel like I can write anywhere because I have to be able to write anywhere if I want to be able to get something on the page. I've found that if I wait for perfect circumstances, I'll be waiting for a long time.
5. If you could be a character from any book for 24hours, who would you be?
This is so hard! I really connected with Kya in Where the Crawdads Sing. Mostly in the connection she has to her marsh and how she would spend hours just in nature. Obviously, there's a lot of tragedy in her story, but there was a lot of beauty there as well. I also loved Mel's character in Wildwood Whispers. She also has a deep connection to the woods and nature.