Sarvenaz Tash Talks Elizabeth Bennet

13 Mar

Today on the blog Sarvenaz Tash, author of THE MAPMAKER AND THE GHOSTS, which comes out on April 24th, 2012, stops by to write about Elizabeth Bennet. Here’s a little more information about THE MAPMAKER AND THE GHOSTS: 

Goldenrod Moram loves nothing better than a good quest. Intrepid, curious, and full of a well-honed sense of adventure, she decides to start her own exploring team fashioned after her idols, the explorers Lewis and Clark, and to map the forest right behind her home. This task is complicated, however, by a series of unique events—a chance encounter with a mysterious old lady has her searching for a legendary blue rose. Another encounter lands her in the middle of a ragtag gang of brilliant troublemakers. And when she stumbles upon none other than the ghost of Meriwether Lewis himself, Goldenrod knows this will be anything but an ordinary summer . . . or an ordinary quest. Debut author Sarvenaz Tash combines an edge-of-your-seat adventure, a uniquely clever voice, and an unforgettable cast of characters to prove that sometimes the best adventures of all are waiting right in your own backyard.

An intrepid girl adventurer with a thirst for adventure? LOVE it. Read on to learn more about Sarvenaz’s favorite heroines:

Oooh. I too LOVE girl adventurers and that is a very tough question. Turtle Wexler from The Westing Game and Hermione Granger both seriously come to mind.

I think for this one, I’ll have to go with Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice. I reread that book yearly and, each time, I’m struck with what a perfect heroine she is. By which I mean, she’s not perfect. She’s sometimes quick to judge and gets irritated by folly rather easily. What I also love about her is that she’s not stunningly beautiful right from page one. She’s a person who becomes beautiful to the reader and the hero through her personality: which is vivacious and witty. Not to mention, this is a girl who can deliver a zinger.

I think her wittiness and smarts is something that she shares with my main character, Goldenrod, who also cares little about what others think of her.

Learn more about Sarvenaz and her debut THE MAPMAKER AND THE GHOST here.


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