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Mar 24, 2011

Interview: Savita Kalhan + A Giveaway (Blog Tour)

As a part of the blog tour for The Long Weekend, I had the pleasure of interviewing the author, Savita Kalhan! You can find my review of The Long Weekend here! Also, stick around until the end for the giveaway!

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Hi Momo! Thanks for inviting me here today. I’m looking forward to answering your questions.
BOB:  What inspired The Long Weekend?   
SK: The Long Weekend was inspired by a flyer that went round local schools warning that a large flash silver car had been seen cruising outside schools and that the driver had tried to snatch children. It got me thinking about how easy it was for something like that to happen. Children are pretty aware of stranger-danger these days, so it’s not so easy for it to happen. But we all watch the news and read the newspapers, and we know it does happen.

A scenario came to my mind where it happens with terrifying ease and I started writing The Long Weekend immediately.

BOB:  TLW is such a creepy thriller, so realistic; do you think the idea of kidnap adds its own element of horror and fear to any story?
SK: Definitely. But there is a difference between kidnap and abduction. I was once asked to turn The Long Weekend into a simple kidnap and ransom story, but I felt I couldn’t do that. Yes, it may still have remained a thriller, but without the edge that The Long Weekend has as a story of abduction. To be forcibly wrenched away from everything you love and thrown into a situation where your life is in the hands of an abductor who means to harm you has to be everyone’s worst nightmare. The nature of this nightmare is terror and dread.
BOB:  When reading TLW, there are times when you can't help but cringe - when you were writing, did any of the scenes become harder for you to write? And why?
SK: Yes, I did a lot of cringing too! I really felt the story deeply as I was writing it, and some scenes were very hard to write – not because they didn’t flow, but because of what was involved in the scene. For example, when Sam is hiding under the bed and he sees what has become of his friend. That was hard. I was really hurting for Lloyd.
BOB:  What was the easiest part of writing TLW and why?
SK: The easiest thing about writing the whole book was Sam’s voice. It came to me so clearly that right from the outset the book and the whole story simply flowed.
BOB:  At times in the book, I got so scared for the boys, how did you incorporate such a strong sense of fear into the story?
SK: Again, because I had Sam’s voice so firmly fixed in my head, I could feel his fear. It was palpable, each emotion, each thought, every fear for him and for Lloyd, was so close I could touch them. There were even times when I had to look over my shoulder when I was writing the book because I thought I had heard a noise behind me. The boys’ fear was so powerful, their situation so dire, that actually I did not have to over-elaborate it, and therefore the reader’s imagination ran riot.
BOB:  At the moment, are you currently working on anything, if so, can you elaborate a bit for us?
SK: I am working on another thriller! It’s about a fourteen year old boy who wakes up in a hospital bed with no recollection of how he got there...    
I shall say no more on that for the time being. But if you and your followers would like to keep up to date with all my news, please head over to my website, www.savitakalhan.com Have a look around, and say HI! on my message board. Let me what you think of The Long Weekend!
You can also find me tweeting on random things over on Twitter http://twitter.com/#!/savitakalhan
Or come and join me on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Long-Weekend-Savita-Kalhan/117223691628538           
For the international GIVEAWAY competition, I’d like your followers to answer a question related to one that you asked me! In the comments section tell us whether you have ever been inspired to write a story about a true life event. I’m looking forward to reading your responses.  

Momo, it’s been great fun! Thanks so much for inviting me.

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Thanks so much for taking the time to be here today! Alrighty readers, you heard her! For the giveaway, leave your answers in the comments and a way to contact you! :) The giveaway will end when the blog tour ends, which will be on April 1st! I'm also looking forward to reading all of your responses!


  1. Great interview! Awesome blog as always, Momo! :)

  2. What a great interview! the Long Weekend sounds creepy but still like that kind of book you can't put down even when you're scared out of your pans lol. To answer your question i did write a story for a school project. My Elementary school had a yearly book kind of show. You could write about what ever you wanted and by the end the whole school would vote on who had the best book i don't remember what the prize for the winner was but i do remember the Girl who won had a really amazing story that made me cry. Mine started out as a fairy story but when a fire was started (on purpose) at home it changed and i wrote a whole story about what had happened, about gangs and other stuff like that. I think every one though i was making it up also i was horrible at drawing so i knew i wasn't going to win lol. i didn't win but still kept my book I'm pretty sure its some where in one of the storage boxes lol

    as always ♥, Carol

  3. I am constantly thinking of different stories, but never have been much of a writer to put it to paper, but I have been lucky enough to travel in my life and traveling will always inspire you to want to write (I do keep a diary). I have family in Germany and when you travel that far you have to fit in other countries. I have been to Italy, France, Budapest and when I was in 6th grade my grandparents took me and my sister cross country in their camper. Those are the stories I would like to share, like a modern day Jack Kourac

  4. vampireprincess2468@yahoo.com

    I am always writing stories. So want to write a book someday

  5. Great interview! TLW sounds like a great read! :D

    Well...I've been inspired to read a story based off my best friend's love life. She went through so much with friends and family that I just saw it as a big drama and a book.

    Also! I've been inspired to write about my blood disorder ITP. I got it when i was 15 and It hasn't went away since. The first few years were horrible and a lot of people said I should make my experience into a book...I thought about it, but I didn't think it would be at all interesting. :/

    Thank you for the opportunity to win! :)


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  6. Great givaway! I don't think I've ever written a story based on a true life event I usually just make something up, maybe some parts of the story involve a real event but not all of it.

  7. Ooh, The Long Weekend souds creepy good.
    That's really cool how you had the MC voice so clearly in your head (wish mine was like that).

    In answer to your question: Yes, I have (it would be something about me), but if I did it would most likely never be shared with anyone. ^_^

    The HAunting of Orchid Forsythia

  8. I actually wrote a non-fiction story last semester for a writing course. I fell on glass when I was 5, and was called Scarface for a really long time (until I moved). But besides that, I think I definitely get inspired by real life events. But usually simple things. Like something a friend says, and it spirals out of control into a story into my head! haha

  9. Yes - but in a tiny way. I was on a train across the fens in the rain and looking out of the window. I saw a red estate car backed up to a ditch in the middle of nowhere, and some junk dumped in the ditch. I began to imagine why the car could be there and, if it were dumping a body, how long it would take for anyone to find out. Then I forgot all about it for about two years. It came back to me for no good reason and I realised it had been rumbling around in my head ever since - and it became Off the Rails, which was published in 2010.

    That's my usual pattern, actually - a tiny thing I see or hear sparks a story. The Hanging Tree came from seeing a pattern of the shadow of bare branches on the ground when walking to Waitrose!

  10. i can'r really say that i've been inspired to write something much less write a story about a true life event because im a horrible writer, but i do enjoy reading. Im not a writer, i'm a reader but i do admire those who do. thanks for the giveaway and awesome interview by the way!



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