I've been looking forward to sharing more about When The World Was Flat and We Were in Love for quite some time now. Thanks to Ingrid Jonach for stopping by One A Day Y.A. on her blog tour. The book is a YA science fiction romance, and I'm so excited for it!!! Here's a little something Ingrid learned on her writing journey. Below the guest post you can also find a giveaway that is being offered during the tour.
Lessons Learned While Writing
I have learned a lot of lessons during my writing career, but the biggest lesson I learned while writing my young adult novel was to take a risk.
When I first started writing When the World was Flat (and we were in love) it was not going to be a science fiction novel. Instead, it was going to be a romance novel (it was inspired by Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen). In fact, the working title was Teen Romance (as if I was going to forget what I was writing!).
It took me about six months to finish the first draft. When a trusted friend read and loved it, I knew I had cleared the first hurdle.
It was a romance between a girl (Lillie Hart) and a boy (Tom Windsor-Smith). Tom had arrived in her small town with a secret, which he kept hidden as she slowly broke down his barriers. The secret was that he was fleeing the death of his younger sister, which he was finally able to come to terms with through his relationship with Lillie.
If I had continued with my revisions, I really think Teen Romance would have been picked up by an agent and a publisher (by this time it was called Here and Now), but this was when I had my brainwave.
I have had a longstanding fascination with a number of scientific theories, including (without including too many spoilers) String Theory. I discussed incorporating these theories into the narrative with my trusted friend. The second her eyes lit up I knew it might be worth the risk.
I knew I could either keep clearing those hurdles until I reached the finish line with my romance novel, or I was going to have to risk taking a breather in the middle of the race to transform it into a science fiction novel.
I was working full-time and I knew it would be a long breather. It turned out to be seven months, but the risk paid off with an offer of representation from an agent!
But I learned another valuable lesson during the next three years of revisions prior to my book deal and publication.
I learned that writing a novel is not a race. There are no winners and losers because there are no competitors. And there is no finish line, because being published is not where it ends.
Thank you for sharing with us today! You can find out more about Ingrid Jonach and her book below:
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 the Author:
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.
Find out more at www.ingridjonach.com
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.
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