When the World was Flat (And We Were in Love) by Ingrid Jonach
September 3, 2013
1. I once owned a pet goat.
2. I have both Australian and Austrian citizenship.
3. My mother, brothers and I live in Australia. My father and sister live in the United States.
4. I play the saxophone and the piano (and the recorder!).
5. I just got married last year.
2. Describe When the World Was Flat (and we were in love) in one sentence?
When Tom Windsor-Smith arrives in her small town, sixteen-year-old Lillie Hart discovers a secret about herself that will unlock other worlds and unleash a powerful enemy upon them both.
3. What inspired you to write the book?
Being a hopeless romantic, I really wanted to write a romance novel. The romance was heavily inspired by the relationship between Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. The inspiration for the science fiction came from the theories of Albert Einstein and String Theory. It was a long and complicated process bringing the romance and science fiction together successfully.
4. Which animals best represent your characters
Ooh... that is a good one!
Tom would be a tiger, because he is solitary, but is also a protector. He also commands respect.
Lillie would be a panda. Firstly, because her nickname is Panda Eyes! Secondly, because she is unique and fascinating to Tom.
Jo would be an owl, because she is wise and calm (as a rule).
Sylv would be a parrot, because she is flamboyant, loud and very colorful.
Melissa would be a wolf, because she is aggressive and territorial, as well as being the pack leader.
Deb would be an orangutan, because she is spontaneous and creative.
5. What do you believe is the most important element in a book?
I believe the characters make or break a book. A well developed character can save a boring narrative, however I do not believe any narrative can save dull characters. I like characters with back story and strong motivation. I also like flawed characters, as I find them more realistic (for example, Scarlett O'Hara inGone with the Wind). My main character in When the World was Flat (and we were in love) is quite flawed. Lillie is insecure and often selfish, but there is an underlying loyalty that comes through, as well as a genuine love for her friends and her family (i.e. her mom Deb).
6. What's the hardest and funnest part about being a writer?
The hardest part is the number of sacrifices (and I promise I am not indulging in pagan rituals to achieve publication!). I mean the missed parties. The lack of down time. The inability to switch off, even while on vacation. I am attached at the hip to my laptop.
The funnest part is when a manuscript finally comes together – and by 'comes together' I mean when you realize you have something worth sharing with others.
7. What are some of your favourite books, movies, and TV series?
Books – Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen; Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen; and Brother Night by Victor Kelleher.
Movies – Empire of the Sun; Gone with the Wind; The NeverEnding Story (and, yes, two of those are also books!).
TV series – Buffy the Vampire Slayer; The Walking Dead; and Supernatural.
8. What are you currently reading and what are you reading next?
Am re-reading Mansfield Park. I admit I am struggling though. I am a huge Jane Austen fan, but I forgot how dry and moralistic the narrative is in Mansfield Park. My next read will be The Elites by Natasha Ngan. It was published in the same month as my book and it has an awesome premise, centred on fifteen-year-old Silver, who is an Elite, a citizen in a futuristic civilization chosen to guard a the one remaining city due to her superior DNA.
9. If you could have a dinner conversation with any author (dead or alive), who would it be and why?
Margaret Mitchell. I want to find out if she is like her main character Scarlett. The tabloids of the time certainly made it sound like that, speaking of her multitude of suitors years before she published Gone with the Wind.
I also want to press her on what happens to Rhett and Scarlett, even though I know she once told a newspaper she had no idea, saying: "For all I know, Rhett may have found someone else who was less difficult."
And I want to find out if she would have written a sequel if she had the time (before her life was cut short by a drunk driver). She reportedly had said: "My time is not my own. It has not been my own since Gone With the Wind was published. The very fact that since 1936 I have never had the time to sit down to my typewriter and write - or try to write - another book will give you some indication of what I mean."
Yes, I know there was a sequel written and endorsed by her estate for publication, but I have heard mixed reviews and would prefer to be able to read another book from Mitchell.
10. Random Question: Who is your favourite superhero and why?
Another great question! Definitely Batman. I love that he is just a normal guy without superpowers and yet he has just as much ability to fight crime as other superheros. Plus, I adore Christian Bale. I am not so sure about Ben Affleck!
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