Is contemporary fiction your thing? Have you ever thought about giving science fiction a try but don’t know where to start? This might be the perfect book for you…a contemporary science fiction YA romance. I am interviewing the author, of When the World Was Flat (and We Were in Love), Ingrid Jonach as part of her Blog Tour.
Read my review of When the World Was Flat
There is also a marvelous Giveaway to win 2 prize packs at the bottom of this interview!
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Thank you so much Ingird, for joining us today at My Shelf Confessions!
Lets jump right in shall we?
I always find it odd when I’m writing up interview questions, rather like I’m talking to myself. How, do you feel when you are writing dialogue for your characters? Are you inside one of their heads, a spectator…an evil puppet master?
I am definitely inside their heads. I tend to act out my scenes while writing too, pulling faces at my computer while my characters are conversing (which can be a bit embarrassing if I get caught!). I like creating characters with individual personalities, because the dialogue practically writes itself. You automatically know how they will respond to other characters and you get to know their vocabulary too.
I saw a fun project the other day – 5 sentence stories! Not a description but an actual story told with 5 sentences. Could you give us one? You probably wouldn’t want to use When the World Was Flat (And We Were in Love) but hey that might spoil the surprise for folks!
What if I describe one of my favourite books in five sentences? It is Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, which inspired the romance in When the World was Flat (and we were in love).
Here I go:
Mr. Darcy hates Elizabeth Bennet because he is prejudiced. Elizabeth hates Mr. Darcy because she is full of pride. Mr. Darcy puts aside his prejudice in the name of love and proposes to Elizabeth. She refuses, but then realizes she is also prejudiced and is forced to swallow her pride. They confess their love for each other and live happily ever after.
By the way, this reminds me of a really funny meme website, which was about spoiling movies with one sentence. The one I remember was a picture of the Titanic with the caption: It sinks.
Young adult books seem to be grabbing a lot of readers the past few years as well as pulling in more people to the fantasy and sci-fi genres. Why do you think that is? People never grow up right…we just want to vicariously relive youth thru fiction? *evil laugh*
Well, I just turned 30 and am writing books for young adults so I have clearly not grown up! Lol!
I have actually thought a lot about this and I think it is because teenage protagonists give writers a lot to work with (and, as a result, readers a lot to read about!). The teen years are characterized by raging hormones and peer pressure as well as a search for self, which allows the writer to explore narratives focused on mistakes made and lessons learnt (or lessons not learnt as the case may be). I think adult characters are often (not always) held back by their maturity and life experiences.
What is the most outrageous thing someone has ever said to you? Or something you’ve said that you wish you could have gone back in time and edited? I have foot in mouth syndrome…
Ha! I also have foot in mouth syndrome, but rather than put myself in it I will put someone else in it!
I would say an eyebrow raiser was my first agent rejection for When the World was Flat (and we were in love), which called it When the Road was Flat. It certainly flattened my ego!
From the point you turned in a submission of When the World Was Flat to the final published copy – just how different was it? How much direction, nudging, and editing did the Editor at Strange Chemistry do? Come come now, many of us are oh so curious about the process!
The manuscript probably went through the most change from the point of submission to my agent to its acceptance by Strange Chemistry. I am not sure what rewrite I was up to by the time I got my book deal, but it felt like double figures! It was mainly re-ordering the reveal. Strange Chemistry did have a few changes during the structural and copy edits. I agreed with and made most of the changes. For example, we decided to take some of the scientific explanations relating to wormholes and entanglement out of the final version to streamline the story. I am saving them for a spoiler’s section on my website! We also debated the role of an organization called The Circle, but we ended up making minimal changes. Another last minute addition was a back-story between Sylv and Melissa, which I think gave more weight to their interactions.
Insert random questions here: What bizarre and crazy extreme sport would you never be willing to try? Or what topic would you never be willing to write about.
I would never sky dive. It combines two of my phobias: airplanes and heights!
Have you noticed the trend lately where so many YA books are now coming out with short stories or light novellas between their series books? What do you think about this? Personally, I’m in a love hate relationship with it. I don’t like it if it’s something that is crucial to read to continue the story.
I agree. I like it if it is a side story, but I think it should not be crucial to the story. I would love to write a few short stories related to When the When the World was Flat (and we were in love), except I am not sure how I would avoid spoilers!
The space race is long over and while fiction is still fascinated with the outer reaches of the galaxy things seem to have stalled out where science is concerned. As a sci-fi writer what do you think about that? – and that the space program in the U.S. seems to be at its end do you think the other countries will soon lose their programs as well?
I definitely think it should be a priority. Although I realise that the cost of space exploration is astronomical (mind the pun!) and I do think it will drop off in every country for that reason. If only we could spend what we spend on wars exploring the final frontier. I personally would never go into space though. I would completely freak out (I am no more a fan of space shuttles as I am of aeroplanes!).
On a less serious note I have to know – fiction is so obsessed lately with the apocalypse – I rather think it’s just going to be a big magic whammy that hits us all and we’ll all morph into our true shapes – ok maybe not – but it would be cool right? What magical creature do you think you’d end up?
I love this question! I think I would become a combination of a beaver (due to my industrious nature) and a lion (because I can also be very independent and strong willed), but my fur would be made out of fairy floss – a result of my sugar addiction and generally inoffensive demeanor. My magic power would probably be an ability to calm everyone down, like Jasper out of Twilight. I already have been told the sound of my voice can send people to sleep – literally.
Because we are all about confessions here – let us have yours! It doesn’t have to be something book related…I prefer things of the hilarious and humiliating kind. I try to give one each time I interview an author but darn…I’m plum out you’ll just have to give me two to make up for my short comings. Be a dear won’t you? Ok Ok, I once made a fool of myself at a comedy show when the comedian called me out…details? Never.
This was one of the biggest lessons I ever learned and makes me cringe years later.
I was nasty to a girl when I was in Year Five, because I was jealous. I was in the middle of bullying her when I realized her mother was standing behind me. Eek! She tore strips off me and I completely freaked out, because I thought she was going to tell my mother. I honestly think I am a nicer person today because of it.
Thanks so much for joining us and agreeing to this interrogation *puts away the electrodes*
Thanks so much for having me. *twitches*
Giveaway Details and Widget
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.
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.
When the World Was Flat (and We Were in Love)
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.
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.