Damaged Goods (Blank Slate #2)
By: Jennifer Bardsley
Publication Date: January 17th, 2017
Blanca has everything she ever wanted, a hot boyfriend and the loving support of her foster father. She’s finally escaped the abusive control of her birth father and her tortured childhood at Tabula Rasa School.
But the scars of Blanca’s Vestal upbringing run deep, especially when the FBI start asking questions.
Blanca feels abandoned by her boyfriend, who is hunting for Lilith, Blanca’s only blood relative. The Defectos, a support group of Vestal-Rejects, offer Blanca comfort which she readily accepts.
While the Vestal order crumbles, Chinese rivals, the Guardians, rise to power and wrest control of important Tabula Rasa contacts. As Blanca’s life is thrown into chaos once more, she struggles to recognize friend from foe, and one miscalculation can have devastating consequences.
If you emptied out your purse, what would we find?
Jennifer: Smartphone, wallet, lipstick, hairbrush, and a small notepad and pen in case I get a flash of inspiration.
What is your writing process? Are you a plotter or a panster?
Jennifer: I am a plotter who uses a variety of tricks, like huge stacks of Post-it notes, butcher paper, or an old-fashioned outline to structure my books.
What is your number one writing tip?
Jennifer: Never give up! If I had given up when I first started writing almost nine years ago, I would never have found an agent, publisher, or audience.
Describe your book in 5 words or less.
Jennifer: Traumatized girl battles secret agents.
What are some “fun facts” you can share about the characters from your book or the world you created for it that may or may not have made it to the final draft of the book?
Jennifer: I’m not sure if this counts as “fun” but while writing “Damaged Goods” I spent serious time researching brainwashing. How do you brainwash someone? How does a brainwashed person behave? Is it possible to deprogram someone who is brainwashed? This was crucial to my story because in “Damaged Goods,” Blanca struggles to overcome being raised in a cult.
Do you have a special story behind your inspiration for the book?
Jennifer: When my agent told me over the phone that Month9Books wanted a two-book deal from me, I jumped up and down I was so excited. I had already written “Genesis Girl” and was thrilled to revisit my characters and see what happened to them.
Who was your favorite character to write and who gave you the most trouble?
Jennifer: My favorite character to write about was Cal McNeal because to me, he represents the archetypal “good father.” Doesn’t everybody secret want a father who loves you no matter what?
If you could ask a character of your choice from DAMAGED GOODS one question, what would it be?
Jennifer: I would ask Seth for the history (and perhaps a tour) of each of his tattoos.
What scene from the book are you most proud of (because of how you handled the atmosphere, characters, dialogue, etc.)?
Jennifer: “Damaged Goods” is packed with twists and turns, and I don’t want to give anything away, but I do especially enjoy what happens on the airplane.
Is there a scene that you had difficulty with and just had to “power through” to finish the book?
Jennifer: The only time I needed to power through was during the final editing stages. I have read the manuscript hundreds of times now, and it’s hard to catch the last few typos.
What is next for you? What are your currently working on?
Jennifer: I write a column called “I Brake For Moms” that comes out every Sunday in The Everett Herald. Usually, I stay three or four columns ahead, but with my book launch I’ve fallen behind. My deadline is Friday, so I’ll be whipping something out here pretty soon.
Are there any hints that you can give for what is next for Blanca?
Jennifer: I have written the outline for a possible book three in The Blank Slate series, but it all depends on whether or not there is readership interest. In my imagination though, Blanca moves forward and rights all wrongs, especially when her Vestal Brethren are at stake.
Is there a teaser you can share from the sequel to DAMAGED GOODS or from a Work in Progress?
Jennifer: Oooh! Well, once again there is no official book three yet, but if there was, Blanca would definitely head back to the Plemora compound and dig around. There might be something important underneath the tilapia tank (hint hint).
Jennifer Bardsley writes the parenting column “I Brake for Moms” for the Sunday edition of The Everett Daily Herald. She also blogs at Teaching My Baby to Read with the mission of sparking a national debate on the important roll parents play in education. Jennifer is a graduate of Stanford University and a member of SCBWI. She lives with her husband and two children in Edmonds, WA.
GENESIS GIRL will release in 2016 and is about an 18 year-old girl whose lack of a virtual footprint makes her so valuable that she is auctioned off to the highest bidder, the sequel will come out in 2017. Jennifer is represented by Liza Fleissig of the Liza Royce Literary AgencyLLC.
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