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Wednesday, 16 March 2011

The Long Weekend Blog Tour & Giveaway

This blog tour is hosted by Melissa at I Swim For Oceans. The link has all the dates for the tour so you can check out where to visit tomorrow! Savita was kind enough to let me interview her so here are her answers!


Hello Alice!

Thanks for inviting me here today! I’m looking forward to answering your questions!

1.     Where did you get the idea for The Long Weekend?

The idea for the book came from a flyer that went round some of the local schools in Barnet warning that the driver of a large flashy car had been seen cruising outside schools and that he had tried to snatch children. Most kids are well aware of stranger danger, but child abduction still happens. A scenario came to my mind where something like that could happen with frightening ease, and, within a few days, I had started writing the book with Sam’s voice in my head propelling the story forward.

2.     Are any of the characters in the book based on real people?

Sam and Lloyd are two boys whose characters are based loosely on regular eleven year old boys. The character of the monster was based on a person I came across in my life, and the lives of other’s who have had the misfortune to suffer at the hands of such people.

3.     What was your favourite part of the writing process?

I really enjoyed being in Sam’s head, or was he in mine? Anyway, his voice was clear, and it was this that made the story move so quickly and made it so easy to write. Of course, the ending of the book is my favourite part.

4.     Do you have a favourite drink or snack that helps you write better?

I always eat apples at my laptop, which does mean that it gets spattered with apple juice! There’s often a cup of tea on the go, too. I make lots of tea because I forget to drink them and they end up going cold on me!

5.     Who are your top 3 YA authors?

My top 3 YA authors? I always struggle with this one because there are so many great YA authors out there! A personal favourite is Jennifer Donnelly for A Gathering Light as well as Revolution. I love Marcus Sedgwick – his writing has a darker feel to it, and I recently read Revolver and loved it. Speak by Laurie Halse Andersen was very good, so poignant – and so important to.
I’d love your followers to come over to my website, www.savitakalhan.com and have a look around, leave me a message on my message board and tell me what they think of The Long Weekend!
They can also find me on twitter http://twitter.com/#!/savitakalhan
 There’s a GIVEAWAY competition for one lucky follower to win a copy of THE LONG WEEKEND. All they have to do is tell me their top 3 YA authors in your comments section. I look forward to reading their responses.

Thanks so much for having me here, Alice!
Thank you so much for answering all my questions! It really made me appreciate the book more!
And remember to enter this international giveaway all you have to do is leave a comment below with your top 3 YA authors! Good Luck!


  1. Wonderful interview! The Long Weekend is on my wishlist.

    My top 3 YA authors are - Libba Bray, Jennifer Donnelly and JK Rowling.


  2. Great interview! "Stranger Danger"...we always used to laugh at it in school..but child abduction really does happen more than we think! I guess I always thought, as a child, that since *I* was smart enough not to get in a car with a stranger..than everyone else should be.

    (Don't enter me..I was the first tour stop so I have a book)

  3. Awesome interview hon! Thank you for sharing and for this amazing opportunity!!

    my top three YA authors are:

    1. Kelley Armstrong
    2. Cassandra Clare
    3. Rachel Hawkins


  4. 3 isn't much. That mine are Cassandra Clare, Suzanne Collins and Catherine Fisher. I really love them.

    misadevilgirl at seznam dot cz

  5. Thank you for the awesome giveaway!
    Three's tough but the authors that came to mind immediately were:
    JK Rowling
    Anthony Horowitz
    Suzanne Collins


  6. Ooh The Long Weekend is on my "to read" list :)

    Thank you for the international giveaway!

    I don't have favourite authors but ones I loved recently are:

    Lauren Oliver - I loved Delirium and CANNOT wait for the second and third books in the series. I'm reading Before I Fall now and really enjoying it.

    Richelle Mead - I was obsessed with The Vampire Academy books over the winter.

    Suzanne Collins - I was also obsessed with THG over the summer so I'm very much looking forward to any future releases although it'll be difficult to top the trilogy.

    My email is prettybooks.tumblr[at]gmail[dot]com :)

  7. This book sounds wonderfully creepy, thanks for the great interview and giveaway Alice!

    My top three would have to be Cassandra Clare, Suzanne Collins and J.K Rowling. I don't buy books often but I own every single book in their series and I love them!

  8. I would love to read this book !

    MY top 3 YA authors ; Suzanne Collins, J.K Rowling, and Jennifer Laurens :)

    uniquas at ymail dot com

  9. That was a wonderful interview! I'm excited about this book and would love to read it. It's right up my alley.

    Hmmm. Three YA authors. That's tough. I'd have to say: Christopher Pike, Deb Caletti and Sarah Dessen.

  10. This looks like a great book so yay giveaways!

    My top 3: Lisa T. Bergren, Ally Condie, Cassandra Clare.

  11. My top 3 YA authors
    Suzanne Collins
    Richelle Mead
    Scott Westerfeld

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  12. great prize ♥ My top 3 at the moment are:
    1. Cornelia Funke
    2. J. K. Rowling
    3. Holly Black


  13. Awesome giveaway, thank you!
    My top three YA authors - difficult, how about my top 10? No, ok.

    1. Tamora Pierce
    2. Sarah Dessen
    3. Melina Marchetta


  14. My top 3 YA authors are:
    1. Meg Cabot (she like owns the YA section)
    2. Richelle Mead (I absolutely love, love, love VA)
    3. Sarah Desson


  15. My top YA Authors

    1. Michael Scott
    2. Scott Westerfeld
    3. Suzanne Collins

    aleetha.ally at gmail dot com

  16. Thanks for the great giveaway:)

    My top 3 YA authors are:

    1) Suzanne Collins
    2) Scott Westerfeld
    3) JK Rowling




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