In its truest form, “The Geneva Project: Truth” is a story of adventure, friendship and self-discovery, written by author Christina (Jones) Benjamin, formerly of La Plume.
While her target audience is young adults 10 to 18-years-old, Benjamin has heard from fans age 10 to 60 who read “The Geneva Project” and love it, she said.
This is why Benjamin loves to write for the young adults’ genre. “It can bring generations together,” she said.
“Parents and grandparents who read it can enjoy discussing it with their kids and grandkids. The theme of adventure, friendship and self-discovery that span The Geneva Project are really timeless, so I think anyone can enjoy it.”
The two central characters in her book are Geneva and Nova, and according to Benjamin, Geneva, a young girl, becomes trapped on a flood- ravaged island full of orphans, natives and wealthy citizens of a prosperous city called Lux. She finds herself enslaved at an orphanage with a bleak future and a past she knows nothing about. That all changes when she meets someone who promises that there is more in store for her than she ever could imagine. Her once dull life quickly spirals out of control as she realizes she has magical powers and may be a key part of unlocking an ancient legend and finding out her true identity, said Benjamin.
The author described Geneva as being “short and slight in frame and always feels she needs to overcompensate for that.”
“She has shockingly bright blonde hair and clear blue eyes. She feels her appearance makes her stand out and she wishes she looked more like the rest of the kids at the orphanage. She just wants to be accepted by her classmates, but she doesn’t really know how to fit in. She struggles a bit with self-doubt and confidence initially.”
Geneva’s courage and loyalty to her friends are themes that Benjamin believes are important in life and can set good examples for young adult readers.
Nova is the boy everyone wants to be or be with, she said.
“He’s tall, cool, handsome, strong and does it all without trying. He knows he can get his way when he wants it and he uses this to his advantage when it’s in his best interest. But I also wanted him to be vulnerable and genuine. He fights for what he believes in and I admire that part of his character. He also has a great sense of humor which is what makes writing for him so fun for me…”
Benjamin found inspiration for the storyline and characters in some of her favorite places: La Plume while growing up; on vacations, locales she wishes she could vacation and her own imagination.
“That’s what I love about writing; it gives you the freedom to imagine a world without rules or restraints,” she said.
The author, who said she has always wanted to write a book, but never could seem to find the time for it until recently, began “The Geneva Project” while pregnant with her son.
“I was pregnant with him when I started writing and felt, what a cool thing it would be to write this fun story of childhood adventure that I could read to him and tell him that he was therewith me every step of the way while I was writing it.”
Her book was approximately one year in the making and was self-published December 2012, by a publishing company, Crown-Atlantic Publishing, that her husband Philip created.
“He really got involved in finding out how to get the book published. If it wasn’t for him it would probably just be on my laptop still. He’s a graphic designer, so he did all the art for the book, the press kit and the website. My sister-in-law is an editor so she did the editing for me, so it really was a family project.”
Currently, Benjamin is working on book two, a sequel to “The Geneva Project – Secrets” and has plans to make it at least a three- book series.
Paperback copies are available on Amazon.com, Ebooks on Amazon.com and through Barnes & Noble and iTunes. To learn more about Benjamin and “The Geneva Project” visit thegenevaprojectbook.com/index.html or facebook.com/TheGenevaProjectBook.