Her young adult sci fi romance novels When the World was Flat (and we were in love) and In The Beginning There Was Us are available now.
She is also the author of the picture book A Lot of Things and the chapter books The Frank Frankie and Frankie goes to France published by Pan Macmillan Australia.
Ingrid has worked as a journalist and public relations consultant, and has a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing with Honors in Communications.
She lives down under – in Canberra, Australia – with her husband Craig and their pug dog Mooshi.
What inspires you to write?
Like most authors, I write because I feel compelled to—like breathing. I think it comes about from reading voraciously my entire life. There are times, however, when I lose motivation and, in those instances, I look to other artists’ work, be it books or movies or songs, for inspiration. Nothing like a romance flick to get me back at the computer, typing furiously.
Tell us about your writing process.
I used to be a pantser (as in, write by the seat of my pants), but these days I like to plot my stories. Like many writers, my time is limited, between work and family obligations, and plotting reduces the amount of revisions and tangents of a manuscript (that being said, tangents can be a wonderful thing!). I actually use palm cards to plot my stories. I know you can get software to do something similar, but I’m a bit old-fashioned that way!
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My characters certainly have conversations in my head and I can often be found pulling faces at my computer as I search for the right words to describe a twist of the mouth or the lift of an eyebrow. I also save images of people I think look like my characters for inspiration. It makes it much easier to describe someone when you have a picture sitting in front of you. It helps with consistency of description too.
What advice would you give other writers?
Dedication is the key to being a writer. Just stick at it. No matter what. I’ve seen my fair share of rejection. I’ve experienced traditional and self-publishing, and the highs and lows of both. I’ve been published by the Big 5 and I’ve also had a publisher go into administration after publishing my book (I swear, it wasn’t my fault!)
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I started out self-publishing—mostly because I had no idea how the publishing industry worked. These days I’m a bit more schooled—I’ve had books published by large and medium-sized publishers, as well as internationally. I even had an agent for my first young adult novel. I ended up requesting my rights back from the publisher for that novel (the publisher went into administration and then was sold) and have since been exploring self-publishing again (so much more exciting since the establishment of platforms like Amazon and Smashwords.)
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
There tends to be a lot of doom and gloom, but I think books will be around for as long as humankind is around (so hopefully, a very long time!) And that means the book industry will be around too. The scare-mongering about self-publishing is not really warranted. Not many authors want to be involved in the business-side of the book industry, so many will continue to pursue traditional publishing. Likewise, many readers are willing to pay a bit more for the pleasure of a hard copy of their favorite book, so ebooks will never conquer the world.
What do you use?: Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romance
What formats are your books in?: eBook
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