Sunday, May 24, 2015

Spotlight: Three Day Summer (Sarvenaz Tash)

Three Day Summer
by Sarvenaz Tash
May 19, 2105
Simon & Schuster BFYR

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...

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, @SarvenazTash

On the Inspiration for Three Day Summer
By Sarvenaz Tash

There are a few reasons I love to write: it allows me to go places I wouldn’t otherwise get to go. It allows me to be people I wouldn’t otherwise get to be. And it gives me an opportunity to keep learning about the craft of writing itself.

What inspired me most to write Three Day Summer was that it really hit all three of those checkpoints. I’ve always, always wished I were alive for the 1960s and, in particular, able to attend the Woodstock Music Festival. A couple of years ago it occurred to me that there is actually a way for me to do that—even without a DeLorean at my disposal. By writing a story that took place at the festival, I got the opportunity to immerse myself in the music, clothes and events of those three days. Even better, I got to explore the experience of falling in love with Woodstock as a backdrop.

Which, of course, brings me to Cora and Michael—the two main characters of the book. As with all my characters, the two of them wormed their way into my head and demanded that I tell their story. And I truly loved figuring out exactly who they were and what that story consisted of. I feel like they enriched my love for the festival (and, if I have to be honest, I hope that they help to do the same for a reader too).

Which, as it so happens, segues nicely into my third point about the craft of writing.
Three Day Summer was the first time I wrote a dual point-of-view story, and the first time I wrote a first-person narration from the point-of-view of a male character. It was also the first time I attempted to write YA, romance, and historical fiction. All of those aspects definitely kept me on my toes but were also a lot of fun to explore. Ultimately, I feel like I’m a better writer because of this book . . . which, I have to say, is something that is both a source of pride and gratitude!

Praise for Three Day Summer

"A positive portrait of a much-maligned era, this optimistic, exuberant tale is recommended for readers who've wondered why the '60s were so great." - Kirkus Reviews *Starred Review*

"Extremely charming...This sure-to-be-popular, mesmerizing novel...[is] a real page-turner for fans of romance, music, and the swinging 1960s." - School Library Journal

"Three Day Summer will transport you back in time to Woodstock, drown you in incredible music, and introduce you to a couple you'll never forget. It's the perfect summer getaway." - Tamara Ireland Stone, author of Time Between Us and Every Last Word

"Three Day Summer is not just a book—it’s an experience! It made me feel like I was at Woodstock surrounded by free love, music, and mud. I loved it—I couldn’t stop reading!" - Miranda Kenneally,bestselling author of Catching Jordan and Jesse's Girl

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