Monday, September 9, 2013

Character Interview: When the World Was Flat (and we were in love)

WHEN THE WORLD WAS FLAT (and we were in love)
by Ingrid Jonach
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
First Publication: September 3, 2013

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.

Two Fantasy Floozies is happy to welcome Ingrid Jonach, author of When the World Was Flat (and we were in love). She's here today as part of her blog tour, with a guest post, in which she interviews one of the characters from her book, Deb Hart. Deb is the mother of the main character, Lillie. Ingrid imagines Deb to be like Sissy Spacek.

Now I'm going to turn the floor over to Ingrid. At the bottom of the post, you can enter her giveaway for one of two prize packages, which each include a signed copy of her book, a pair of earrings, and a bookmark. Enjoy!


Thanks for joining us today Ms Hart.

Please, call me Deb. And thanks so much for having me. I have only been interviewed once before, but that was about my past lives.

I have heard a lot about your daughter Lillie. How would you describe your relationship?

We used to be like sisters or maybe more like best friends, because the great goddess knows I never liked my own sister. [Laughs] Lillie even came to the Rainbow Retreat with me one year with her bestfriend Jo. I remember them bathing in the river during the cleansing ritual, covered in mud from head to toe.

But it is like we are worlds apart now. [Sighs] Maybe it is because she is a teenager, but I am starting to wondering whether it is more than hormones. She told me she is having nightmares about dying, which is supposed to mean a new beginning, but... I think it may be a bad omen. I just feel it in my bones.

You seem very different to each other. Do you think Lillie has inherited anything from you?

My eyes. [Smiles] If I was chalk, my daughter would be cheese. She is very practical, whereas I... well, I live for the moment. For example, Lillie often fills in for me at Tree of Life when I want to go fire dancing. Although, last week she told me she was going to call the fire department and warn them I was going to end up burning down the State Forest.

Who of her friends is your favourite?

Jo. [Grimaces] Sorry Sylv. I love you too, but Jo is like another daughter. I think she spent most of her childhood here after her poor mother... you know. But Lillie and Jo seem to be fighting at the moment. Maybe they need to go back to the Rainbow Retreat.

How long have you lived in Green Grove? Do you like it?

I was born here – my mother actually had me in the living room! – and I have lived here my entire life, although I did think of moving before I had Lillie. I had been… [Sighs] I guess you would say I had been unlucky in love and this town is too small for a broken heart. There is no privacy for a start and there are reminders on every corner. But then I started filling my house with friends and I have never been lonely again.

What do you think of Tom?

I would rather not talk about Tom.

Can I ask why not?

[Hesitates] Because I think my daughter is headed for a broken heart too.

Let's move on to a safer topic then. What music do you like?

I like relaxation music, because I meditate three times a day. I like tracks with a melody and I am actually learning the pan pipe at the moment. Did you know it is one of the oldest musical instruments in the world? Listening to it is like listening to stories from the past thousand years.

And what about books. Do you read many books?

I mainly read non-fiction books. I guess you would call them spiritual books, about dreamology and alternative medicines. I would like to write my own book one day. Maybe on fire dancing. I could illustrate it as well.

Or you could have Lillie take photographs.

[Hesitates] Maybe. I just... I know it sounds stupid, but it was a photographer who broke my heart. It brings back bad memories when I see Lillie walking around clutching a camera all the time. I know it makes her sad that I am not more supportive, but I am a woman as well as a mother.

Going back to the fire dancing.... You do seem to have a lot of hobbies. Which is your favorite?

I love them all, but there are not enough hours in the day to do them all unfortunately. I really like wood carving. I carved a duck out of cottonwood bark once. Lillie said it looked more like a dog. [Laughs] It is still on her shelf though. I used to like basket weaving, but I could never get the hang of triple twists. I paint as well. Mainly abstracts. And I am learning Reiki at the moment. I told you there were not enough hours in the day!

Well, thanks sharing some of your time with us today Deb.

Thanks again. Lillie asked me not to do the interview, because I think she was worried I would embarrass her like last time. I am glad I did though, because it was very therapeutic.


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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.

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