Today we have a special treat for you guys. We first read The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons a few years ago and fell in love with her writing, so when we saw she has a new epic love story coming out we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to read it. And we got the chance to ask Ms. Simons a few questions to share with you today.
Your last epic love story began with The Bronze Horseman, which you published in 2001. Why have you waited so long to go back to this type of story?
I will admit that after The Bronze Horseman I wondered whether or not I would ever write another book. I honestly thought there was nothing left in me to write about. Then I began the second book in the saga.
And then I had another idea, and another…
In 2014, I had an idea for a story about lost love and one man’s desperate search and an adventure to make things right, to get a second chance, to try again.
The story got bigger and bigger. I didn’t realize at first it was going to be this huge. But after about a year of writing and thinking about it, I knew. It just kept growing.
Without giving anything away it’s fair to say that The Tiger Catcher has some mystical elements. You’ve been writing for twenty-five years, why enter this realm now?
I can’t say it was an intentional move. The fact is that, for me, this story came from the same place that all my others have come. I simply had an idea. In this case, the idea was about a man who loved a woman so much he bridged time and space to find her.
The Tiger Catcher takes place in Los Angeles and London. Do you have a personal connection to those places?
I lived and worked in London from 1984 to 1990, and I love that city. Los Angeles is the unrequited love of my life. I’ve dreamed of living there since I was 13.
The book also delves deeply into historical London, how did you do your research for that? How did you select the time periods in which to base your story?
The time periods were an organic process that evolved from the story, itself. Where were Julian and Josephine in the narrative of their love affair? What stage was the progress of their souls? Where did they begin, where were they going, where did they need to be? And so each part of their story informed the next part, and the next. It was almost as if they, themselves, chose the settings for their adventures.
In some cases, the time periods came with the story, like the Globe Theater and the Blitz. And in other cases, there were time periods that were just too important to ignore — like the Great Fire or the mid-nineteenth century where you had scientists like George Airy and religious philosophers like Charles Spurgeon living at the same time.
As for research, living there helped. And I have been back many times since I left. I’ll admit I was a bit jealous of my daughter’s favorite writer, Cassandra Claire, who is an American but lived in London for many months while she was working on her 19th century supernatural stories set in England. I wish I could do that. Maybe when the kids are all out of the house.
Where did the title come from? Is tiger catching a real vocation?
Tiger catching is real. It’s an art passed down from generation to generation of families who live in East Asia. It’s infinitely more complicated than hunting, and success requires an almost spiritual connection to the tiger.
The Tiger Catcher is billed as the first book in a trilogy. What can readers expect from books 2 and 3, A Beggar’s Kingdom and Inexpressible Island?
The Tiger Catcher is the first step in an odyssey. The book tells the story of Julian and falling in love, and it’s the story of how we deal with loss and how far we’ll go to save the ones we love. All I can say about the next two books is that there is a lot more story to tell.
Can readers hope for more books in The Bronze Horseman saga? Or other stories with any of your other characters?
On the one hand, I keep saying no to more books in The Bronze Horseman saga, but on the other, I’m five books into the trilogy, that was originally intended to be a single book. I actually have an idea for another Bronze Horseman story, something I’m still toying with and thinking about.
I often think about the characters in my books and where they’ve ended up. Thus, I also have an idea for a story with Spencer O’Malley from Red Leaves and The Girl in Times Square. We’ll see.
Released: May 28 2019
Genre: Womens Fiction
Series: End of Forever #1
The first novel in a beautiful, heartbreaking new trilogy from Paullina Simons, the international bestselling author of Tully and The Bronze Horseman.
Can true love ever die?
Julian lives a charmed life in Los Angeles. Surrounded by friends, he is young, handsome, and runs a successful business. Everything changes after he has a fateful encounter with a mysterious young woman named Josephine. Julian’s world is turned upside down by a love affair that takes him—and everyone else in his life—by storm. For the two new lovers, the City of Angels is transformed into a magical playground.
But Josephine is not what she seems and carries secrets that threaten to tear them apart—seemingly forever.
A broken man, his faith in tatters, Julian meets a mysterious stranger who tells him how to find Josephine again if he is willing to give up everything and take a death-defying trip from which no one has ever returned.
So begins Julian and Josephine’s extraordinary adventure of love, loss, and the mystical forces that bind people across time and space. It is a journey that propels Julian toward an impossible choice which will lead him to love fulfilled…or to oblivion.
The Tiger Catcher takes readers from the depths of despair to the dizzying heights of joy in the first novel of an unforgettable trilogy of love lost and found. For all fans of Outlander, The Time Traveler’s Wife, and Jojo Moyes.
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