Hey, everyone, and welcome to our stop on the “When the World Was Flat (and we were in love)”! Today we have an interview with author Ingrid Jonach on writing a multiverse book and more. I enjoyed doing this interview as I enjoyed the book, so I hope you guys do too.
ALSO! We have a giveaway. It’s a rafflecopter, and because rafflecopter seem to hate wordpress, you can directly go to enter here. Wondering what the grand prize is?
One of two prize packs including:
– Earrings fashioned after the necklace that appears both on the cover and in the book, packed in a “When the World Was Flat” box. (They’re rather nice, if I do say so myself.)
– A bookmark
– One signed copy of “When the World Was Flat”!
The competition will run until 21 October 2013 and the winners will be announced on this page and via http://www.ingridjonach.com.
Now that is some nice loot. Go and enter, guys!
Okay. Enough delay. Time to find out Jonach’s answers to Usagi’s questions about this book! We tried to keep them as non-spoilery as possible, but just in case, you might want to wait to read this until after you finish the book.
USAGI: Why write a multiverse story?
INGRID JONACH: It was originally intended as a contemporary romance, but I wanted a stronger motivation for my characters to be together than simply liking the look of each other. I started inserting the science fiction after the first draft to explain the romance and then it took on a life of its own. I was actually quite shocked when I realized I had written a science fiction novel!
U: Will we be getting a sequel/prequel? Because I definitely wanted more on the Evacuation!
IJ: The possibilities for additional stories are limitless and I have been playing around with both a short story and a sequel. I am not sure when I will finish them though, as I have been focusing on another standalone novel.
U: This is your first foray into YA lit, as I understand it (correct me if I’m wrong). So far, how has it differed from your usual way of storytelling?
IJ: Yes, this is my first YA novel. It is really the narrative rather than the writing style that changes between my books for children and this novel for young adults. I tend to be more humorous when writing for children, even when tackling difficult issues. I think there is a bit of humor in When the World was Flat (and we were in love), but it is more drama than comedy. I also tend to censor myself a lot when writing for children. As such, I explored a wider range of issues (and delved deeper into them) in When the World was Flat (and we were in love) than I do in my books for children.
U: If you had to pick of one of the Dimensions to live in, which would you pick?
IJ: Definitely not the one with vampires! And there are a few I have visited in nightmares that I would rather avoid as well. I would probably pick one where they have achieved world peace. Although, now I have an image of Brave New World by Aldous Huxley in my mind, which makes me think I would not want to live in that dimension after all!
U: Do you have a process you use as a writer? Daily rituals when you’re about to write, etc?
IJ: My only preparation is making sure I have a drink (non-alcoholic!) and a few snacks on hand. This stops me from getting up every half an hour to peruse the pantry. I try to avoid other distractions too, like the TV, music and the internet. I do use music as a muse though. I just have to turn it off once I start writing.
U: Is there any more YA coming from you in the pipeline? If you can’t talk about it, I completely understand.
IJ: I hope so! I am about to submit another manuscript to my agent for a young adult novel. It is also a mix of the romance and science fiction genres, with a touch of horror thrown in. It is unfortunately too early to tell you more.
U: Finally, is there a message you want your readers to take away from “When the World Was Flat”?
IJ: I would love readers to consider the concepts put forward in the book in their daily lives. I have heard a few readers say they now find themselves considering the possibilities of every decision they make. While the book is predominately for entertainment, I like that it has had such a connection with some readers, leaving them with a sense of wonder about the world
U: Thanks for taking time to talk to use today, Ingrid! Remember “When the World” is out now from Strange Chemistry in NA and UK, so be sure to check it out when you get the chance!