Sarvenaz Tash was born in Tehran, Iran and grew up on Long Island, NY. She received her BFA in Film and Television from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. This means she got to spend most of college running around and making movies (it was a lot of fun). She has dabbled in all sorts of writing including screenwriting, copywriting, and professional tweeting. Sarvenaz currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.
From Sarvenaz on what inspired her debut: The Mapmaker and the Ghost was inspired by The Goonies and my love of Roald Dahl books. It’s a mix of adventure, humor, mystery and just a touch of fantasy (note from Deb Joanne – this book is SO FUN and perfect for anyone, young or old, who relishes adventure).
And now, Sarvenaz takes the Deb Interview:
Talk about one book that made an impact on you.
There are so, so many. But for the sake of this post, I’ll go with The Westing Game. I love everything about that book. The mystery, the humor, the quirky characters. I remember reading it as a kid and never wanting it to end. I’ve since reread it quite a few times as an adult and it so holds up in every way. Including the totally unpredictable solution to its fantastic mystery.
Talk about one thing that’s making you happy right now.
Honestly…wedding planning. I have an affinity for throwing yearly theme parties and this just seems like the biggest theme party of them all! I also, oddly, have found it to be a good stress reliever from launching/writing a book. Whenever I feel stuck or frustrated by those, I find myself looking at shoes, or veils, or music selections. I think it’s because this is one event I have control over and I can focus those neurotic energies on that rather than try to fathom the unpredictable world of book sales and marketing.
My fiancé imitates a variety of Muppets. It doesn’t matter what kind of day I’m having, that I’ve heard the imitation a thousand times, or, even, what he says. It’s guaranteed to crack me up every time.
Have you ever met someone you idolized? What was it like?
I very, very, very briefly met J.K. Rowling. (In fact, I’m not even sure “met” is the right word in this situation.) But, when Deathly Hallows came out, my fiancé won 2 tickets in a Scholastic raffle to go to an event and signing. At the signing part, all 2,000 of us shuffled past as she smiled at each of us and signed our books. I worked up the nerve to tell her how inspirational she’s been to me as a writer. And she smiled and thanked me.
It was about 2 seconds of my life I’ll likely never forget. I lurve her so.
Do you have a regular ‘first reader’? If so, who is it and why that person?
My first reader has been my first reader since high school. She’s been one of my best friends since then too. At this point, she’s read practically everything I’ve ever written – good or bad (and some of it is very, very bad). I go to her because she’s honest and she also knows my sensibilities so well that she can usually tell what I was going for – and she can also tell me if it’s not working!
Thanks for being with us, Sarvenaz! If you want more info about Sarvenaz or her super-fun middle grade adventure, THE MAPMAKER AND THE GHOST, you can find her at:
But before you go, you MUST watch the awesome book trailer:
And, for one of our lucky commenters, Sarvenaz is offering up a copy of THE MAPMAKER AND THE GHOST (US only, please). Just tell us about something that’s guaranteed to make YOU laugh.