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Eighteen-year-old Blanca has lived a sheltered life. Her entire childhood has been spent at Tabula Rasa School where she’s been protected from the Internet. Blanca has never been online and doesn’t even know how to text. Her lack of a virtual footprint has made her extremely valuable and upon graduation Blanca, and those like her, are sold to the highest bidders. Blanca is purchased by Cal McNeal, who uses her to achieve personal gain. But the McNeal’s are soon horrified by just how obedient and non-defiant Blanca is. All those mind-numbing years locked away from society have made her mind almost impenetrable. By the time Blanca is ready to think for herself, she is trapped. Her only chance of escape is to go online.
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What book are you reading now?
Sigh… You’re probably going to laugh but I’m reading a book called “Hot X: Algebra Exposed!” by Danica McKellar, who was the actress who played Winnie Cooper on “The Wonder Years.” It’s a book that is supposed to explain algebra in a fun way. It’s been a million years since I took algebra and I need to brush up so I can help my son with his homework next year.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
“Genesis Girl” is YA Sci-Fi, so I got to be creative when I was crafting what Blanca’s futuristic world looked like. She’s part of a quasi-religious order called Vestals who vow never to go on the Internet. The hardest part of writing “Genesis Girl” was coming up with the name “Vestal.” Originally I called them “Nemos” which means “nobodies,” but all of my beta readers thought that sounded too much like Nemo the fish.
What were the challenges (research, literary, psychological, and logistical) in bringing it to life?
A big part of Blanca’s character is that she’s an expert at mind control. That meant I spent months researching the depths of psychology to discover what the research says about mind control. What works? What doesn’t? Along the way, I learned some disturbing things, especially about how cults lure new members. But I also read “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie which is an American classic.
Genesis Girl by Jennifer Bardsley
Release Date: June 14, 2016
Jennifer Bardsley writes the parenting column “I Brake for Moms” for The Everett Daily Herald. Her debut YA novel, “Genesis Girl” will be published by Month9Books on June 14, 2016, with the sequel releasing in 2017. “Genesis Girl” is about a teenager who has never been on the Internet. Jennifer however, is on the web all the time as “The YA Gal” with over 20,000 followers on Facebook, and 15,000 followers on Instagram. On Facebook, she hosts the weekly instant book club called #TakeALookTuesday where YA Gal friends geek out, share pictures of what they are reading, and chat about books. Jennifer is a member of SCBWI, The Sweet Sixteens debut author group, and is founder of Sixteen To Read. An alumna of Stanford University, Jennifer lives near Seattle, WA where she enjoys spending time with her family and her poodle, Merlin.