An Interview With… Ingrid Jonach!

Today I’m interviewing the amazing Ingrid Jonach, who’s book was released this month! I was so excited for this interview, so read on!

Book Details
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.
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15767908-when-the-world-was-flat

Interview
1) Congratulations on your new book! Tell us– what’s it all about?

Thanks! It is a sci fi romance novel for young adults about the relationship between two teenagers in a small country town – Lillie Hart and Tom Windsor-Smith. When Tom arrives in her town of Green Grove, Lillie discovers a secret about their connection that will change her world forever.

2) How did you come up with the idea?

The romance was inspired by Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. The science fiction though was a combination of my imagination and some theories by Albert Einstein, as well as String Theory.

3) What was it like to write?

It was complicated at times. My house was often littered with post it notes with words like ‘wormholes’ and ‘entanglement’. I also must have pulled together a thousand timelines to get the sequence of events straight. At the same time, it was extremely exciting. I am a hopeless romantic, so I constantly swooned over the relationship between Lillie and Tom. And, I am an uber nerd, so I loved weaving the science fiction through the narrative.

4) Will there be any more books set in this world?

Kind of. My current work in progress is loosely connected to the concepts in When the World was Flat (and we were in love). I have also been playing around with a sequel.

5) How long have you been an author for?

I guess this depends on when you consider yourself an author instead of a writer. I have always loved writing, ever since I was a little kid. I think I started calling myself an author though when I self-published a children’s picture book in 2005. Then that was re-enforced when I had two children’s books published in 2007 and 2008. Now I get to see my name on a book available in multiple countries, so I can safely say I am an author.

6) So, have you always wanted to be an author?

Yes, but it never occurred to me that it could be a profession. I think the moment I realized this was when I decided to study creative writing at university, as a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing.

7) Ooh, so, what was your journey to publication like?

Long! It took so long to hear back from the publisher with my first children’s book that I actually forgot I had submitted it when I got the call. And When the World was Flat (and we were in love) was five years in the making. That was a couple of years to write it and a couple of years to get an agent and then a publisher.

8) So, you’re currently promoting this book, but what’s next for you?

Hopefully another book deal for my work in progress. It is another sci fi romance (with a touch of horror). I would love to build up a suite of similar books to allow readers to move from one to the next, as I know when I like a book I want to read something in a similar vein.

9) Where can we stal—find you?

Lol! I have a website http://www.ingridjonach.com, but I tend to interact through Twitter (@Ingrid_Jonach) and Facebook, as well as Google Plus.

10) And, lastly, what book/s are you looking forward to being released in the remainder of 2013?

There are a couple of titles from Strange Chemistry (my publisher) that I am eagerly awaiting (luckily I get advanced ebooks!), like Cracked by Eliza Crewe and Skulk by Rosie Best. And pretty much everything else they are releasing!

Thank you for answering, and best of luck with the rest of your blog tour! 🙂

Thanks Joshua! Looking forward to having you on my blog down the track!

Blurb
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.

Author Bio
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.

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 http://www.ingridjonach.com

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An Interview With… Jillian Stein!

Hello everybody! So, today on the blog we have the fabulous book blogger, Jillian Stein. Jill is the owner of http://www.read-love-blog.com/, which was the blog that the front cover of SOULLESS was revealed on. It’s a wonderful blog so I really do recommend you go and check it out! But, for now, let’s here what Jill has to say:

1) What is the story of how you started book blogging?

Ah,yes…where it all began! Well, a gal I met through a close friend knew I was a huge book junkie and was running a bookblog. She emailed me one day asking if I would be interested in reviewing a book for her blog. I had NO idea what I was doing, but I figured I would give it a go! The advice she gave me is what I have used to write each of my reviews to this day…..just pretend you’re telling your best friend about the book! It’s the best advice I’ve ever gotten. I was with that blog for a little while. The gal decided she was going to pursue her dream of writing and I was thrilled for her and knew it was time to go out on my own. So, that leads me to today…with my own blog, growing every day and loving every minute of it.

2) So, have you always read, then?

Gah! I hate to admit it…but,no. I wanted to love to read. Really, REALLY wanted to love to read and envied those people who did. It just wasn’t me. I tried to find a genre I loved and along the way found a few books here and there I enjoyed, but there was never a “love” of reading. Then, when my son was in kindergarten six years ago, I found Twilight. I read that series in three days and I knew things were going to change. I had found my love of reading. Growing up, the Internet wasn’t a resource I had (yes, I am that old haha!) so finding recommendations based on what I had read wasn’t as easy as it is today. After finishing Twilight, I jumped online and found so many amazing book recs and I have been devouring books since then!

3) What do you enjoy the most about blogging?

I have met so many amazing people and authors since I started blogging and I can’t say that I would have had those chance is it wasn’t for the blog….so that definitely is the most enjoyable thing. Oh, and getting to read books before they release! I covet my advance copies and occasionally hug them….no joke! I think I’ve hugged my mailman a few times when he has advance reading copies of books for me.

4) Let’s talk about reviews– I assume writing good reviews isawesome, but what happens if you don’t like a book?

Ah, the dreaded “bad book”. Here’s my view on this topic: If I don’t like a book, I don’t feel that it automatically deserves a bad review from me. You will find many opinions on this in the blogger world (some of it quite nasty lately). There have been a few occasions where I have gotten half way into a book and just wasn’t connecting, so I emailed the author letting him/her know and that I didn’t feel it was fair to write a review because of the lack of connection and I didn’t write a review. In cases like that, I feel that just because I wasn’t connecting doesn’t mean it’s a bad read and that someone else might love the book. Sadly, it has become popular lately to be uber snarky in reviews and trash books. I don’t feel that sort of behavior is ever ok. If I absolutely hated a book, you won’t ever hear about if from me. I kind of go with the whole “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all” mentality. I rate the books I read by how much I neglected in my daily life while I was reading…yep! Did I ignore all housework and send my husband and son for takeout because I couldn’t put the book down? If so, I LOVED that book. Did it take me three days to read and I got all my laundry done, cooked dinner and baked dessert? Well, I probably didn’t like that book so much. Hope all of that made sense! I tend to babble…..

5) Do you prefer ebooks or physical books?

I never thought I’d say this…..ebooks. Although, if I love an ebook, I will buy a physical book for my bookshelf.

6) What book are you currently reading, and who is it by?

Hard as it Gets by Laura Kaye…loving it!

7) And what book are you planning on reading next, and who is it by?

Too many to choose from! AHHH!! It’s a toss up between Bound by Night by Larissa Ione and Getting Rowdyby Lori Foster.

8) Where can we stal– follow!– you?

Haha! 😀

Blog site: http://www.Read-Love-Blog.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Read-Love-Blog/469490523093188

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ReadloveBlog

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/4161682-jillian

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/readloveblog/boards/

Oh and don’t be shy, peeps! Feel free to tweet me, facebook me, friend me, whateva! I love to chatand meet new friends 😀

9) What do you have to say to aspiring/new book bloggers? Do youhave any tips?

Just be you and don’t listen to any of the negativity out there.

10) And finally, what book/s being released in the remainder of 2013are you looking forward to getting your hands on!?

Well, I actually have my hands on the one I’ve been dying for…Reaverby Larissa Ione! AHHH! She just sent itto me the other day and I literally started to cry when I opened the package(and got the obligatory strange look from my son haha!)

Thank you for having me, Joshua! It’s been a pleasure! XO