Hey everyone! It’s time to kick off another exciting tour. TBR and Beyond Tours is so excited to be hosting the book tour for The Tigers in the Tower by Julia Goulding. Make sure to check out the other blogs on the tour schedule (listed below)!
I was lucky enough to get to start off this tour with an interview with the author, Julia Goulding.
Congratulations on your new book! I know The Tigers in the Tower has already been released in the UK. Did you do anything to celebrate its release?
It is a strange time for celebrations but I did go on a little holiday to the Lake District with my family, a beautiful part of England, famous for its connections with poets such as Wordsworth and Coleridge. I also got myself a framed picture made of the front cover as I love it so much. It is now behind me on the wall, so if you zoom call me, it has pride of place.
The cover for The Tigers in the Tower is simply stunning. Did you have any input in this and what did you think of the finished look?
I know, it’s great, isn’t it? The brilliance is all the work of Keith Robinson. I had some input on the composition, saying what I liked and didn’t about an earlier draft, but he pretty much got it right from the get-go. The tunic Sahira is wearing is taken from a description in the book. She has a trunk of animal themed dresses made in India and he has picked out the most memorable.
Can you tell us a little about the book that someone just looking at the synopsis might not know?
Hmm, tricky, because obviously nothing can really replace diving in to chapter one. Maybe I’d like to mention that it has some magical, dreamlike sequences involving the tigers? If you would like to be transported emotionally and spiritually into a tiger body, then pounce on this book!
Ok, I’ve seen this book compared to The Little Princess, but with tigers. That sold me right there because it’s one of the most bizarre and delightful images I’ve ever heard – would you say that comparison is accurate to the book?
Yes. A Little Princess was one of my favourite books as a child so I was delighted that I had made another reader think of it in such a different kind of story. I guess there are connections in the 19th century setting and the origins in India, but maybe where they really link up is in the theme that imagination is a super-power. It is what makes life beautiful and bearable. Sahira uses hers to think of ways in which life could be better for her tigers and herself.
Why tigers? Was there any special reason that you chose tigers for this story?
The origin is in the William Blake poem ‘Tyger, Tyger, burning bright’ which I learned as a child and I often find it coming back to me. That poem feels like a spell to chant and summed up Sahira and her mental world for me. And, if you are bringing an exotic creature from India that has an impact on a story, you have the pick of two – elephants and tigers. I went for tigers because they are the more dangerous.
You’ve written many children’s books in the past, was your experience writing this story any different?
I have a place inside me in which my historical fiction voice sits and it is always very comfortable to slip back there. Every book brings new experiences. This is the first time when I’ve included so much from India, the stories and history, so I had to do new research for this book and check it with an Indian friend, Siddo (thanks, Siddo!). He gave me help picking the right kind of names for Sahira and her mother, as well as checking I was getting my cultural references right.
What were your favourite stories as a child?
I loved A Little Princess, as I mentioned, and also The Secret Garden. I enjoyed fantasy too so spent many happy hours in Middle Earth and Narnia. I also enjoyed the Susan Cooper novels, The Dark is Rising, which may not be as well known to you. Another favourite was The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Gouge and Tom’s Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce.
Any middle-grade books that you would recommend to our readers?
One of the books of recent times that I’ve read and loved is an extraordinary book by Jakob Wegelius called The Murderer’s Ape. It is just the most wonderful animal tale with lovely illustrations – do check it out.
-ABOUT THE BOOK –
“A Little Princess – with tigers! Orphan and outcast Sahira Clive is a brave and plucky heroine with a brightly burning heart. I was rooting for her all the way to the end of this thrilling – and thought-provoking – adventure.”Ally Sherrick, award-winning author of Black Powder
Sahira’s family are travelling to England to deliver two majestic Indian tigers to the menagerie in the tower of London.
But tragedy strikes and sickness steals Sahira’s parents from her on the journey. Left alone in London, Sarhira finds herself confined to a miserable and dangerous orphanage. Despite her heartache and the threats she faces, Sahira is determined to carry out her father’s last request – to protect God’s beautiful creatures: her tigers. To do so, Sahira must set out on an adventure and use all her powers of persuasion to engage the help of some new friends along the way.
Can the quest to find her tigers a safe home, lead Sahira to find her own place of hope and belonging in this strange and foreign land?
-BOOK TOUR DATES-
Miss Linda Bennet – Blogger’s Choice
Sometimes Leelynn Reads – Blogger’s Choice
Sassenach the Book Wizard – Review
Comfort Reads – Blogger’s Choice
Justice For Readers – Blogger’s Choice
Tasting Pages – Review
Books and Shadows – Blogger’s Choice
The Writer’s Alley – Blogger’s Choice
Blonde and Bookish – Promo Post
Rune of Stories – Blogger’s Choice
BooksDramas&More – Blogger’s Choice
Whimsicalblessings – Blogger’s Choice
-ABOUT THE AUTHOR-
Julia Goldingis a multi-award winning writer for adults and young adults. She also writes under the pen names of Joss Stirling and Eve Edwards. Born in 1969, she grew up near Epping Forest. She studied English at Cambridge University, then joined the Foreign Office and worked in Poland, before returning to Oxford University to study for a doctorate in literature of the romantic period. She worked for Oxfam, lobbying on conflict issues, before becoming a full-time writer. Over three-quarter of a million of her books have been sold worldwide in many language
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