I’m so pleased to welcome author Jennifer Bardsley today to the blog as part of Celebrating Debutantes 2016. Jennifer debut novel, Genesis Girl is one of my anticipated book this year with its unique and interesting premise that caught my interest. And it so nice to have a chance to ask Jennifer few questions about the book and her writing.
To know more about Jennifer Bardsley and Genesis Girl, check the author’s bio and book’s description that follows after the interview, as well as links where to find Jennifer and where to buy copies of the book.
Also, don’t forget to check the giveaway at the bottom of this post for a chance to win Genesis Girl swags!
Interview with Jennifer Bardsley
Your debut novel, “Genesis Girl” has a unique and interesting premise. Where did you get the idea for the story?
I wanted to write a YA book that had never been done before. That meant no werewolves, no vampires, and no games that involved kids risking their lives for reality tv shows. A concept that seemed unique was teenagers who had never been on the Internet. I was also inspired by an ugly part of history. In the seventeen and eighteen hundreds young boys in Italy were sometimes castrated in the hopes that they would become famous opera stars called castrati, who were capable of hitting the highest notes. In the Sci-Fi world of “Genesis Girl,” Vestals have their digital footprints castrated in the hopes they will become celebrities.
“Genesis Girl” features a unique and dynamic world involving digital technologies. What were some of the difficulties in world-building the story’s settings? How did you deal with them?
One of the biggest problems I had to solve was figuring out how Vestals would actually keep themselves off the Internet. Imagine how hard it would be to prevent your picture from ever being uploaded online. You’d never be able to go anywhere because you’d always be afraid of photo-bombing somebody’s picture, or worse, that your picture would be snapped and shared against your will. Part of the Vestal world is that they live in their own communities their entire lives in order to protect their privacy. That’s why I sometimes say Blanca is a Sci-Fi Amish girl.
In “Genesis Girl” digital technologies and Internet plays a major part in the story, for an author like you what do you think is the advantage & disadvantage of Internet or social media?
A huge advantage of the Internet is that I can connect with readers on The YA Gal Facebook or on Instagram every time I turn on my phone. The downside is that it’s hard to know when to turn my phone off. I always feel like I’ll miss something important.
In your opinion, are we headed for a dystopic or utopian future? Why?
Ask me after November’s election. Kidding! No, seriously, I think that we are headed for a bright future, and I’m not just saying that because I grew up on Walt Disney. Technology is bringing people closer together and that gives us the enormous opportunity to make the world a better place.
Now that your debut novel is out, how has it changed your writing life?
This summer I’ll be in the editorial process for “Damaged Goods,” the sequel to “Genesis Girl.” That will involve juggling the promotion of book one, polishing book two, and driving my kids around Seattle from swimming lessons to day camp.
Is there anything you can tell us about the next book in the Blank Slate series, Damaged Gods?
Without giving away spoilers. “Damaged Goods” dives into how the Vestals interact with their Chinese counterparts, the Guardians.
Thank you so much for interviewing me! It was lovely chatting with you!
Thank you so much Jennifer for stopping by today and for taking the time to answer all my questions above.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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.
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ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: Genesis Girl
Author: Jennifer Bardsley
Publication Date: June 14, 2016
Format: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook
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 McNeals 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’s up for Grab?
- Genesis Girl Swags
- Open to International
- There will be one (1) winner
- Winner will be chosen and announced by rafflecopter
- Winner will be contacted thru email & should response within 48 hours
- Ends September 8th, 2016
- Prizes will be sent by the author
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