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An exclusive insight into the writing of Polly Clark’s much anticipated Tiger has been revealed through the author’s first interview ahead of launch by 18-year-old Daisy Harris.
The sixth-year pupil spoke to Polly for the revival of Lomond School’s newspaper, The Phoenix, asking the writer about inspiration for her second novel, motherhood, advice for young writers, and how to get in the zone when writing a novel.
Polly’s first book Larchfield won the Mslexia Novel Prize, with reviews from acclaimed authors Margaret Atwood, Louis de Bernières and Alexander McCall Smith, who described the book as ‘gripping’, ‘captivating’ and ‘magnificent’, respectively.
A huge fan of Larchfield, Daisy was asked if she would like to interview Polly, whose daughter attends Lomond School, and was given an advance copy of Tiger.
When asked by Daisy to compare the writing process between Larchfield and Tiger, and about her time spent in Siberia for research, Polly said: ‘The research trip made the idea for Tiger explode. Larchfield took four years; this book took one year, including the trip, writing and editing. It was super-intensive, really physically exhausting.’
Daisy went on to ask for advice for young writers with Polly answering: ‘You have to keep going. It involves gargantuan amounts of rejection, but for my own experience, simply doing it anyway is the most important thing.’
Daisy finished the interview by asking who would play the lead role if Tiger was to be made into a movie, to which Polly answered: ‘Weirdly, there’s actually been a noise about a film option for it, so I may actually have that problem.’
Polly’s second novel, Tiger, is out tomorrow (May 3).
Daisy said: ‘I loved Polly’s first book Larchfield, so I jumped at the chance to interview her. Living in Helensburgh my whole life, it was really interesting to read a book set in the place you live.
‘It was great to get my hands on an advanced copy of Tiger and sit down with Polly to hear more about the research behind the book.’