Tell us a bit about yourself.
“My name is Tine and I live in Copenhagen, Denmark.
My book Sometimes I’m a Bird, Sometimes I’m a Rock is my debut collection of illustrated
poetry, or lyrical prose. The texts in the book are about falling in and out of love, about dreams
and memories, mostly.
I’m half Danish, half Swedish. I grew up in a small town, or village, by the ocean. Besides being
right by the sea, the village also has a small lake and the woods grow around it. These are
scenes reflected in my book. I have always felt, and needed I think, a strong connection to
nature, and it probably shows in my writing.”
What made you decide to sit down and actually start writing something so personal?
“I had been sharing small pieces of writing on Instagram before, and what I decided was to
write a piece a day for one hundred days in a row. I set this goal for myself and set two rules for
my writing: One, that I had to write quickly with minimal editing, and two, that I had to tap into
something I had experienced or felt that day, making room for dreams and memories, that
came to me on that particular day.
So, what I started was a sort of one hundred days journal of ‘instant’ poetry, but the fact that it is
very personal was not a decision in itself, but it comes with the journaling aspect. I was mostly
interested in freeing myself from wanting my writing to be ‘perfect’. I like to call my book ‘an
exercise in imperfection’.”
What cultural value do you see in writing/reading/storytelling etc.?
“I think the value of my writing is much the same as that of any heartfelt writing — it’s the
sharing of experience and emotions, giving others a chance to maybe reflect in the pool of your
words, and everyone sees you but also themselves, every reflection is different.
With my book in particular, I hope there is also a value in the fact that is was made to be
‘unpolished’ — since we live in a world where goals of perfection are set everywhere around us,
embracing the fragmented, the imperfections, is healthy, I believe.”
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
“The writing itself was easy and intuitive. It was a little difficult choosing which of the one
hundred texts to include — I left some of them out of the book, to create ‘holes’ in the
chronology, I wanted to leave room for the reader to fill in the blanks.
But the hardest part was probably the design work of setting up the book for print. And then,
just letting it go.”
What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
“Following through with a creative project, all the way from an idea to a tangible object in your
hand, that is a good experience.”
Were there any challenges in bringing your book to life?
“There is obviously work put into it, but no real challenges, really. Of course I had creative
choices to make, but in the end I always fall back on intution and go from there. Having books
printed profesionally is fairly easy and not overly expensive today with the print-on-demand
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?
“No, haha, it’s not perfect, but that was the whole point. So I can’t say I would change anything.
It lives its own little life now.”
What project(s) are you working on at the moment? / what do your plans for future projects
“I’m writing some poetry in my native language Danish, and I share some of it on Instagram,
with translations in English. ”
How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
“Hopefully the creative evolution in me is constant, and deliberately embracing imperfection
sets something free in you, I think. But I can’t really pinpoint something besides that. Maybe
when I publish something else sometime in the future, you can all tell me, haha.”
How can readers discover more about you and your work?
“Currently I’m sharing a new piece of writing once a week through my website and on
Instagram. My website, that is www.tinepaludan.com, also holds a gallery with pages from my
book, so you can take a look inside.”
Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t included?
“No, I think you’ve covered a lot of ground. It has been a real pleasure talking to you.”
*it was definitely wonderful interviewing Tine for my blog. If you’d like to read what I thought about her book click HERE . I’m also currently hosting a giveaway for her book on my instagram if you’d like to enter click HERE.