I’m so excited to be part of the blog tour for Ingrid Jonach’s debut YA novel, the brilliantly titled When The World Was Flat (and We Were In Love). Ingrid is hosting an epic Around The World in 80 Days blog tour, so do visit all the other tour stops! I hope you all enjoy my interview with Ingrid and read on for the chance to win two awesome prize packs!
Interview with Ingrid Jonach
On writing Young Adult, beautiful covers and love stories
What was the very first seed for inspiration for the series?
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. The movie with Keira Knightly and Matthew MacFadyen combined with a re-read of the novel made me want to write my own epic romance. In that sense, Tom definitely started as Mr. Darcy and Lillie as Elizabeth Bennet. The book took on a life of its own after that, with other influences including The Matrix and Sex and the City.
The cover of your book is gorgeous. What was your first reaction to seeing it, and did you have any input on what it looked like?
My publisher did ask my opinion on the cover, but at the end of the day it was their call. I was actually nervous when I got the email with the cover attached. I was really relieved that it was minimalistic. I loved the colors, because I thought they were really striking. I also really liked the font they used for the title. The key sums up the romance in the novel and the flagstone background is from the main character’s nightmares, which alludes to the science fiction elements.
I now have it as my iPhone and computer wallpaper (as well as splashed all over my social networks)! The wallpapers can actually be downloaded from my website (originally released by fellow tour participant Ladybug Literature).
You were a children’s book author before writing this as your first YA. What inspired the switch? Was it an easy transition?
I decided to make the switch to YA because I wanted to write romance, which was just not suitable for a younger age group. My previous chapter books – The Frank Frankie and Frankiegoes to France – were for ages seven and up.
It ended up being an easy transition moving from writing for children to writing for teens, because all I was doing was writing what I would like to read. It gave me a greater appreciation for young adult authors though – as it can be tricky to capture the teen voice without sounding too old or too young and there are a lot of judgement calls, including whether to use curse words orslang (I deliberately keep the voices in my novel universal).
What was your favourite part of the book to write? What do you think the readers’ favourite part of the book will be?
My favourite part to write was the scene where a group of teens are playing chicken with the trains. I used to catch the train to school with a few friends and we used to get up to some stupidstuff. There were a couple of complaints to our school about us having water fights on the platform and sticking our hands or heads out in front of approaching trains. I remember I had to go to the doctor one day because my school bag got stuck in thetrain doors and I bruised my tailbone when I fell onto the platform (I had forced the doors open while the train was moving).
But I think that readers will like the scene in the sandhills, because it brings together a lot of the narrative threads, including the reoccurring nightmares and what is happening with Tom and Jo. It is basically the reveal and if they are anything like me then that tends to be the make or break part of a book.
Besides your own book, what is your favourite love story?
Definitely Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. But in the interest in not repeating myself, I will say Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen. I am not sure if you would call it a romance, because there is a lot more happening than thelove story. That being said, I like that it is realistic and not over sentimentalized, which can be refreshing – even for a hopeless romantic such as myself!
Now a few quickfire questions to end:
Tea or coffee?
Tea. I recently started drinking the most delicious pomegranate tea.
Drama or comedy?
It depends on my mood, but usually comedy, unless the drama is also a romance.
e-Books or physical books?
I recently got my first ereader and I have to admit I now prefer ebooks! I am a hoarder who wants to be a minimalist and ebooks mean I can collect as many books as I want without filling up the house.
Indoors or outdoors?
Indoors, preferably with the sun streaming through the window.
At the moment? Florence and the Machine. Of all time? Elvis Presley.
Favourite ice cream?
I tend to go with any kind of chocolate ice-cream, particularly if it has the word double or triple in its name.
Thanks so much answering my questions Ingrid!
About When The World Was Flat (and We Were In Love)
Release: 5 September 2013
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
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.
About Ingrid Jonach:
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 Ingrid’s official website.