Genesis Girl by Jennifer Bardsley
Release Date: June 14, 2016
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.
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.
Mind Control Secrets from “Genesis Girl”
Wouldn’t it be fun to possess the ability to make other people do what you want? In Genesis Girl Blanca doesn’t have magic powers, but she is an expert at influencing other people’s behavior. That’s one of the qualities that make Blanca and her Vestal brethren special. They are masters of mind control.
I based some of the Vestal tactics on ideas first explored in a famous book from 1936 called How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. I also used my experience as a Psychology major at Stanford University. The crazy truth is that the tricks Blanca uses are based on real psychology. If you learn them, you might be able to control other people’s behavior too.
Here are ten easy tips straight from Genesis Girl:
1. Call people by name. This establishes intimacy and a friendly relationship.
2. Make other people feel important. Stroke their egos.
3. Stand up straight. Taller people statistically do better, that might be why we have so many tall presidents.
4. Appearances matter. Pretty people are usually assumed to be smarter and more capable.
5. Look competent because this makes you harder to argue with.
6. Get your target to talk about himself and data-mine him for information.
7. Clarifying questions are your friends. They never appear suspicious and can diffuse tense situations.
8. Make the other person think that what you want, is what he wants, and that it was his idea in the first place.
9. Get someone to agree with you by starting with the yes-yes. Ask the person two questions you know they will say yes too, and then ask the person what you really want.
10. When all else fails smiles. Nobody can argue with a smile.
That was a quick and dirty lesson in Mind Control 101. Hopefully you don’t use your newfound prowess for evil purposes. But the next time you want your boyfriend to be okay with you both going to a chick-flick, take a page from Blanca, and grin.