September 18, 2013

Author Interview + Giveaway: When the World was Flat (and we were in love) by Ingrid Jonach

Today I have an interview with the wonderful Ingrid Jonach, author of When the World Was Flat (and we were in love)!
Also, don't forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway for a chance to win one of two prize packages!

Title: When the World Was Flat (and we were in love)
Author: Ingrid Jonach
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Release Date: September 3rd 2013 in the US and Canada, and September 5th 2013 in the UK, as well as worldwide as ebook and audio.
Genre: Young Adult Sci-Fi/Romance

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.

***Interview with Ingrid Jonach***

Welcome to Jessabella Reads, I'm super excited to have you on the blog today!
Thank you! Very excited to be here!

1.) In a few sentences, how would you describe When the World Was Flat (and we were in love)?
A love story that spans space and time. When Tom Windsor-Smith comes to her small town, Lillie Hart discovers that he is 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.

2.) Where did you get your inspiration for this novel?
The romance was inspired by Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
I love the tension between Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet, and wanted to recreate this with Tom and Lillie. The science fiction is the reason behind this tension and that was inspired by my long-running fascination with Albert Einstein and String Theory.

3.) Which character was your favorite to write and why?
Deb was definitely my favorite, followed by Sylv. They were both a lot of fun to write, because they have really big personalities. I felt like a kindred spirit with Deb though, with her unfinished hobbies and her fascination with spirituality. I grew up in a very creative household and I could relate to both Deb (whose creativity spills over into her lifestyle) and to Lillie (who would prefer a more normal lifestyle, even though she is very creative herself).

4.) What are you reading right now?
I am re-reading Mansfield Park by Jane Austen, even though I have a thousand books on my TBR list. It has been a long time since I read it and I love revisiting good books after a few years. It is almost like reading it for the first time again.

5.) What are some of your favorite YA books of all-time?
I would definitely say The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan. I love zombies (I even rushed out to buy Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith when it was released, which was quite entertaining!). Ryan strikes a good balance between romance and horror in all three books in the series, which includes The Dead-Tossed Waves and The Dark and Hollow Places. I would also say The Vampire Twins series by Janice Harrell. It is the best vampire series I have ever read.

6.) Which authors have influenced your writing the most?
I would say that my writing has been most heavily influenced by the Australian author Victor Kelleher. I have read all of his books, starting with Brother Night in Year 6.
He writes across a range of genres, so his novels exposed me to the science fiction, fantasy, horror and crime genres. I fell in love with the romance genre through Jane Austen though. I love her writing style. I also love Sarah Dessen, who writes contemporary romance.

7.) I know you live in Australia. If I were to ever travel there, what would you suggest I see/do while there?
I grew up mostly near the beach, so I would definitely suggest spending at least some of your time on one of our beautiful beaches. I would suggest northern NSW (Byron Bay), as the water is warmer without getting into box jellyfish territory. I would also suggest getting across to Western Australia, as it is a really beautiful part of Australia. Margaret River is a famous wine region over there and it is really gorgeous. And you should definitely see our major cities like Sydney and Melbourne, as well as the capital Canberra, where I live.
I have never been to Uluru, but it is on my list and if I was a tourist I would definitely head out there.

8.) When did you first know you wanted to be a writer?
I have always written, but it was only in my teens that I started to realize that being an author was also a profession. I think the turning point for me was when I decided to study creative writing at university.

9.) If you had Tom's ability to slide between parallel worlds, what would you use it for?
Ooh, good one! I am really not adventurous at all (although when I say that my husband reminds me of my spur-of-the-moment decision to go paragliding in Mexico). I would normally rather read about adventures than have them myself. As such, I think I would probably just live out my life and then look for my loved ones again in another world. Much like Tom!

10.) What can we look for from you next in terms of YA fiction?
I am writing another novel in a similar vein. It is not a sequel, but it is also a romance based in science. There is also a touch of horror. I have only just finished it though, so I am going to be tight-lipped about the storyline for now.

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.
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.
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There will be two winners worldwide. Each prize package includes:
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  1. I have recently begun reading Sci-Fi Romance so this book caught my attention. I enjoyed the interview and I was really intrigued when Ingrid pointed out that Pride and Prejudice influenced this story.

    Thanks for introducing me to a new book and for the giveaway opportunity.

  2. I look forward to the romance and the whole idea of it seems really cool!

  3. I really want to find out more of the sci fi aspect! Plus, I like romance stories and the title is awesome.

  4. The story sounds really good. I'm sure I'm going to love this book. That's why I would love to read it.

    Thanks for this giveaway :)

  5. Fallon Vaughn - I love a good love story and i love the concept of them not remembering and unraveling there love from the past.

  6. I look forward to the romance and the whole idea of it seems really cool!

  7. I love sc-fi and romance together and it sounds like a wonderful story.

  8. Great interview this book looks and sounds awesome!

  9. Well, first of all I love sci-fi romances, and this book sounds amazing! I can't wait to read it :)


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