How are you doing? Hope that you are embrancing well this autumn! I want to tell you that I am taking part of a tour of whose book I am really excited! Author, Ingrid Jonach was really kind and answered all of the questions that I had for her.
Please take the time and read the interview and other info about the book and author that I have included below. Do not forget to enter the GIVEAWAY which you can find at the bottom of this post.
Have a lovely day,
When the World was Flat (and we were in love)
Author: Ingrid Jonach
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Release Date: 3 September 2013 in the US and Canada, and 5 September 2013 in the UK, as well as worldwide as ebook and audio.
INTERVIEW WITH INGRID JONACH
1. Hi Ingrid! Thank you for accepting this interview! How about telling the readers a few things about yourself?
Ingrid: Thank you for having me! I write books for children and, more recently, for young adults. I have always loved reading and writing, and actually studied creative writing at university.
I live in Australia with my husband Craig and pug dog Mooshi. My father lives in America, but is originally Austrian (I am also an Austrian citizen, as well as an Australian citizen). People can get very confused when we explain our connections to America, Austria and Australia.
And, a very random fact for you — I once owned a goat.
2. What is your book “When the world was flat (and we were in love)” about? Let the readers know some things about it.
Ingrid: When the World was Flat (and we were in love) is a sci fi romance novel for young adults, although I would definitely say that romance is the dominant genre. It is told from the perspective of sixteen year old Lillie Hart, whose world is turned upside down and inside out when the mysterious Tom Windsor-Smith arrives in her small town of Green Grove.
It is difficult to say too much more without giving away spoilers, but I can tell you that the reason Lillie is attracted to the Tom is connected to the theories of Albert Einstein, as well as String Theory.
3. How did you come up with the plot for this book? Was is something on the spur of the moment?
Ingrid: The initial draft was very spur of the moment. I really wanted to write a romance novel and was inspired by Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I ended up writing the opening scene in the car on the way to visit my in-laws. It was not until the second draft that I decided to turn it into a science fiction novel. That was not a spur of the moment decision though, but the result of a few discussions with a beta reader and a lot of research into Albert Einstein and String Theory.
4. The cover of the book is simple but looks really awesome! What is the story behind it?
Ingrid: My publisher (Strange Chemistry) and graphic designer (Argh! Oxford) came up with the beautiful cover, which features a key that appears in the latter half of When the World was Flat (and we were in love). The background is the flagstone path from the reoccurring nightmares the main character has in the novel.
I like to think that the cover tells a story in itself (which is also something I wanted the title to do), because the key looks like it has been discarded, indicating lost love.
Looking back, I wonder if I had an inkling that my life was about to go from ordinary to extraordinary.
When sixteen-year-old Lillie Hart meets the gorgeous and mysterious Tom Windsor-Smith for the first time, it’s like fireworks — for her, anyway. Tom looks as if he would be more interested in watching paint dry; as if he is bored by her and by her small Nebraskan town in general.
But as Lillie begins to break down the walls of his seemingly impenetrable exterior, she starts to suspect that he holds the answers to her reoccurring nightmares and to the impossible memories which keep bubbling to the surface of her mind — memories of the two of them, together and in love.
When she at last learns the truth about their connection, Lillie discovers that Tom has been hiding an earth-shattering secret; a secret that is bigger — and much more terrifying and beautiful — than the both of them. She also discovers that once you finally understand that the world is round, there is no way to make it flat again.
An epic and deeply original sci-fi romance, taking inspiration from Albert Einstein’s theories and the world-bending wonder of true love itself.
5. Which is your favourite character from your book?
Ingrid: Just one? Eek! I really do love them all – but I really enjoyed writing about the main character’s mother, Deb.
Deb reminds me a lot of myself with her long list of unfinished projects and fly-by-night hobbies. She also has a really sad story that is only touched on in the novel, about a lost love. As a result, she is constantly searching for happiness through her never-ending stream of visitors and eccentric pastimes.
6. Which authors do you consider to have been your inspiration?
Ingrid: There are a few! Definitely Jane Austen, but also contemporary young adult writer Sarah Dessen. I love both of their writing styles and tend to pick up one of their books if I want to get into a writing mood.
I also grew up reading a lot of Victor Kelleher, who wrote across a range of genres, including science fiction, fantasy, crime and horror. I have been very inspired by him to not limit myself to one genre or age group. Before When the World was Flat (and we were in love), I wrote a couple of chapter books for children.
7. Where do you usually write your works? Any place that you love the most?
Ingrid: I really like writing in bed with the sunshine streaming through the window.
I recently read that Mark Twain also used to write in bed. He told the New York Times in 1902: “Just try it in bed sometime. I sit up with a pipe in my mouth and a board on my knees, and I scribble away. Thinking is easy work, and there isn’t much labor in moving your fingers sufficiently to get the words down.”
I also have a writing chair, which is a replica of the famous Eames lounge chair and ottoman. Unfortunately, my writing room has become the junk room, which has made getting to my chair very difficult!
8. What country would you like your books to be popular in?
Ingrid: Ooh, good question! I would love to say all countries, but I really do have a few that are close to my heart. Here they are in no particular order:
1. Australia, because it is where I live with my husband and our pug dog.
2. America, which is where my father and sister live
3. The UK, which is where my publisher is (Strange Chemistry).
Aside from that, I am fascinated that my book has reached a wider range of countries than I originally thought – like Romania, Puerto Rico, Philippines and South Africa! I would really love to meet readers from these countries, because I have never been to any of them.
9. What do you think about Romania, the country I live in? Would you like to visit it one day?
Ingrid: I would absolutely love to visit Romania! I think of the beautiful photos I have seen of the countryside and castles. I also think of a rich history steeped in mythology.
And, lastly, I think of the Olympics, because you have very talented gymnasts.
10. As an ending, you can say anything that comes to your mind to the readers. Thank you for answering all of these questions!
Ingrid: I would really love to thank everyone who has or who is yet to read When the World was Flat (and we were in love).
It is a warm and fuzzy feeling to hear that people are reading it, and I have often said that when someone loves it I feel like I have found a kindred spirit, as reading and writing are both so subjective.
About the Author
Ingrid Jonach writes books for children and young adults, including the chapter books The Frank Frankie and Frankie goes to France published by Pan Macmillan, and When the World was Flat (and we were in love) published by Strange Chemistry.
Since graduating from university with a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing (Hons) in 2005, Ingrid has worked as a journalist and in public relations, as well as for the Australian Government.
Ingrid loves to promote reading and writing, and has been a guest speaker at a number of schools and literary festivals across Australia, where she lives with her husband Craig and their pug dog Mooshi.
Despite her best efforts, neither Craig nor Mooshi read fiction.
Enter below for your chance to win one of two awesome prize packages as part of the Around the World in 80 Days Blog Tour for When the World was Flat (and we were in love) by Ingrid Jonach.
There will be two winners worldwide. Each prize package includes:
• a signed copy of When the World was Flat (and we were in love)
• a pair of silver plated key-shaped earrings in a When the World was Flat (and we were in love) gift box
• a When the World was Flat (and we were in love) bookmark.
The competition will run until 21 October 2013 and the winners will be announced on this page and via www.ingridjonach.com
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