Sarvenaz Tash is the author of the forthcoming The Mapmaker and The Ghost, a middle grade novel due out from Bloomsbury/Walker April 24. You can find her on her website here.
Pitch your book in 140 characters:
Goldenrod is an 11-year-old explorer in for an adventure of a lifetime when she decides to map the forest behind her house.
Who will this book appeal to?
Boys, girls and anyone who likes adventure stories and funny going-ons (and maybe belly button lint).
Favorite moment or character in your book?
There's a point where "the Ghost" first appears to Goldenrod (my MC) and his dialogue makes me laugh to this day.
What's your writing routine?
Write a few pages, do some character sketches, outline, write a terrible first draft. Revise, revise, revise.
What's your best piece of writing advice?
Don't worry if you feel your first draft is rubbish: ALL first drafts are.
What's been the most surprising part of the publishing journey?
How much waiting is involved even after your book is accepted for publication!
What did you do when you learned your book would be published?
I went to Barnes & Noble and took a picture of the spot it would occupy on a shelf there.
What's the best piece of writing advice you've received?
From one of my fave screenwriting teachers: the ending needs to be inevitable yet unpredictable. (Very hard to do!)
What are your top three favorite books?
So hard! I'll say Pride and Prejudice, the Harry Potter books (cheating, I know) and Roald Dahl's The Witches.
What's next for you?
Working on a couple more MG books. One is a fantasy adventure and one is a contemporary mystery.