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!
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.
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!
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.
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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