Seventeen year old Talia is struggling to earn a living as a seamstress, surviving in the infamous Camps of war torn Arista. When her soldier fiancé Kellar suggests a bizarre route of escape – stowing away in the cross desert freight train to Leonore, Talia jumps at the chance.
In Leonore she can marry Kellar and expand her business – leaving the war behind…
But a freak accident leaves her stranded and alone in the desert. Caught between two countries, an dforced to face her troubled past Talia must choose between love and revenge, whilst playing the ultimate game of survival.
Comforted by The Guardian and haunted by The Ghost Talia begins a journey that will change her life forever…
Targeted Age Group:: 14+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I am lucky enough to have travelled extensively, and met some wonderful inspiring people along the way. Taming Tigers is about survival, and the strength that women in particular seem to able to draw on to see them through impossible situations. Sadly, Talia’s situation as a refugee is only to common in the world today.
I started writing Taming Tigers three years ago, but as work and family life took over I left the book to one side. A friend persuaded me to enter the first three chapters into the Curtis Brown New Beginnings competition, and I was thrilled to win a place on the course, and learnt so much. Leaving London, I was totally inspired to keep writing and did so 9mostly at night when work was over and the kids were in bed!)
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
Talia is a survivor, who was born into a country that became a battleground for both the soldiers and the native rebels. She is a combination of all the wonderful, inspirational women I have met and read about – people who struggle for survival but display outstanding courage and determination.
Kellar appears more in the sequel, as Taming Tigers is Talia’s journey, but he is a pilot, a military recruit thrust into a position that maybe he wouldn’t have chosen, and hiding his own secrets.
The other characters appeared as I wrote – Millar just popped onto the page, and I realised that he was smart, brave and escaping from a homophobic family. He and Talia have a pleasing brother and sister relationship.
It gets so cold in the desert at night. Even locked in my metal prison I can feel the icy chill as the sun dips out of sight. A last red flash of defiance and darkness starts to crawl across the sky.
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