Published by Strange Chemistry
Hi guys! Welcome to the new site! (wee!) This blog tour stop is very memorable then because it’s the first post I made here in wordpress, and with the blog’s own domain! Omg.
Okay, so anyway! Today we have a very interesting tour stop for When the World Was Flat (and we were in love): The Around the World in 80 days blog tour. (super long hehe). What’s more interesting than talking with the author, right? I hope you enjoy!
And don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the end of the post! 🙂
Hi Ingrid! Welcome to Coffee, Books and Me!
The first thing that attracted me to your book is the title. How did you come up w/the title and what do you think are the criteria in making a good one?
I really wanted a title that told a story in itself.
My working title was Teen Romance, because it was just to describe what I was writing (at that stage there was no science fiction in the story). The next title was Here and Now, because of a line I was going to include in the manuscript at the time.
The title When the World was Flat (and we were in love) was inspired by a quote from Christopher Columbus: Following the light of the sun, we left the Old World. I felt that the quote summed up the story and was originally included at the beginning of the manuscript, but in the end we (my literary agent and I) decided to include a quote from Albert Einstein instead , as he is much more relevant to the story.
Tell us a little about how you became an author. 🙂
I have been reading and writing since I was a little kid. My first published work was in my school year book when I was in Year Two. It was a poem about the old lady who swallowed a fly. In a plot twist, the old lady swallowed me instead and I played her ribs like a xylophone. Hey, I was SEVEN 😉
I loved both reading and writing while growing up and ended up studying creative writing at university, as part of a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing. While I was studying, I started working at a newspaper. I suddenly realized I could write for a living — first as a journalist and then as a public relations consultant.
I still really wanted to be an author though and I ended up self-publishing my first book, which was a picture book called A Lot of Things. I then wrote two children’s books, which were published in Australia by Pan Macmillan. The books were called The Frank Frankie and Frankie Goes To France.
I then decided I wanted to write a romance, which meant moving up an age bracket to writing for young adults. This was why I called my first draft Teen Romance!
Just over a year later I started looking for an agent and found the wonderful Meredith Kaffel from DeFiore and Co (although at that time she was with Charlotte Sheedy Literary). We spent a while working on revisions and submitting to publishers, which was when I finally signed with Strange Chemistry!
In one sentence or one word, describe how making (the book publishing process) this novel has been for you (so far)?
Long (I started writing When the World was Flat (and we were in love) in 2009).
What’s your inspiration in making the story?
I was heavily inspired by Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I think readers will recognize a hint of Mr. Darcy in Tom!
Was creating the characters in the story difficult? Who’s your favorite among your characters?
I knew exactly what I wanted from each of the characters, which meant they basically wrote themselves. For example, I wanted Sylv and Jo (Lillie’s friends) to be opposites, which meant they were constantly sparking. There were scenes that just wrote themselves as a result.
My favorite character would have to be Tom. I have to say I like the strong and silent type, which he does extremely well! I also enjoyed creating his backstory and building up to the reveal of the reasons behind his hot and cold behavior towards Lillie.
Tom is closely followed though by Deb (Lillie’s mom). I just adore her eccentricities. I recently recognized while drafting a post for later in the blog tour that there is a bit of me in Deb!
What genre would you associate your book?
Sci Fi Romance, although I would say it is more Romance than Science Fiction.
What other genre would you like to explore more in the future?
I would like to try my hand at fantasy and I have at least one manuscript in that genre on my computer that I would like to dust off one day.
Are there any future books in plan?
I have three manuscripts on the go at the moment and I think (I hope!) one will end up being my next published book. It is not a sequel to When the World was Flat (and we were in love), but is loosely connected.
Lastly, I just have to fire away some this or that questions, I hope you’re game.
Coffee or tea?
Tea. I love the smell of coffee, but the taste is too bitter.
Winter or summer?
Can I say autumn? No? Then summer 🙂 I feel like there are more hours in the day because there is more sunlight.
Flipflops or shoes?
Definitely flipflops. In Australia (where I live), we call them thongs… which never translates well!
Plane or boat?
Boat! I have a fear of flying and have to dose myself up on prescription pills before I board an airplane. I have tried fear of flying courses and even hypnotism!
M&M’s or skittles?
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.
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.
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.
Find out more at www.ingridjonach.com
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