Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
Home    Challenges    Reviews    Features    Contests    Review Policy    Contact

Monday, May 18, 2015

Interview & Giveaway with Sarvenaz Tash, author of Three Day Summer

Today I'm lucky enough to have author Sarvenaz Tash at The Hiding Spot to talk a bit about her new book, Three Day Summer, her writing process, the book that provides her with the perfect hiding spot, and more!


Your newest novel, Three Day Summer, is set during Woodstock. Can you tell us about why you chose that particular historical event as a backdrop for Michael and Cora’s story?
Honestly, it was the closest I could ever get to attending Woodstock myself! I chose it because I’ve long been enamored with everything about the festival: the music, the vibe, the fashion and the sense that “anything can happen.” It was also so much about youth and love that it just made sense to me to see it through the eyes of two young people who happen to fall in love. 
Tell me a little bit about your writing process: Do you outline? Start at the beginning? The middle? The end?
I am very much an outliner and I almost always write chronologically. If I am really, really stuck I will sometimes work on a scene out of order, but that’s pretty rare because it’s hard for me to wrap my head around what happens next if I don’t follow my characters’ experiences in order. Usually when I start writing, I want to first get to know my characters, so I spend some time doing rough character sketches and backgrounds. My general philosophy is that if I know where a character is coming from, I can eventually figure out where they’re going.
What jobs did you have on your way to becoming a published author? Is there a certain work experience that has shaped your writing or provided inspiration?

I went to film school and ended up concentrating on screenwriting, so I think some of the lessons I learned there (like about three-act structure, story arcs, and dialogue) were some of the ones that have most directly influenced my fiction writing. However, I’ve also had jobs writing and managing websites and social media for both Bravo and MTV, and continue to do web editing. Even though I wasn’t writing fiction, they were all still very influential in honing my wordsmithing skills—especially learning to be succinct for Twitter!
If you had to pick a favorite word, what would it be and why?
Dulcet. I just love the way it sounds, how it’s spelled, and what it means.
My blog is dedicated to my personal hiding spot, books. Name a notable book that has provided you with a hiding spot.
Not that this is very original, but Hogwarts has been one of my hiding spots for a very long time. I’ve definitely spent a lot of time exploring its hidden staircases, moving portraits, and grand tapestries whenever I’ve needed a break from the real world.
What can readers look forward to next?
My next book, The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love, will be out in Summer 2016. I call it my comic con rom-com and it was pitched as Pretty in Pink goes to Comic Con. It’s about a lovelorn nerd who decides to profess his love for his best friend at the biggest event of their social calendar. I’m actually working on edits for it now and I can tell you that—just like with Woodstock in Three Day Summer—I’m having a lot of fun vicariously attending the convention along with my characters!
About the Book

Michael is unsure about most things. Go to college? Enlist in the military? Break up with his girlfriend? All big question marks. He is living for the moment and all he wants is a few days at the biggest concert of the summer.

Cora lives in the town hosting the music festival. She's volunteering in the medical tent. She's like that, always the good girl. But there is something in the air at this concert and suddenly Cora finds herself wanting to push her own boundaries.

When Michael and Cora meet, sparks fly, hearts race, and all the things songs are written about come true. And all the while, three days of the most epic summer await them...

Check out the Three Day Summer playlist here

About the Author

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. She has dabbled in all sorts of writing including screenwriting, copywriting, and professional tweeting. Sarvenaz currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. For more information, visit:

Ends June 6, 2015. 1 winner. US addresses only.

Follow the blog tour:

Mon, May 11
What a Nerd Girl Says
Tues, May 12
Wed, May 13
Mother Daughter Book Club
Thurs, May 14
Curling Up with a Good Book
Fri, May 15
The Compulsive Reader

Mon, May18
The Hiding Spot
Tues, May 19
Too Fond of Books
Wed, May 20
Thurs, May 21
The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia
Fri, May 22
Word Spelunker


Post a Comment

Make sure you whisper, I'm hiding!