ONCE AND FOR ALL is scheduled to be released later this month, so over the next few days I'll be re-posting a series of posts I first wrote in April. Today's post is an "intro" to the book and the characters. Tomorrow I'll be hosting the super-cool and crazy-talented Robyn Peterman, then Friday I'll share the post that highlights the heroine of ONCE AND FOR ALL, Phoebe Campbell.
ONCE AND FOR ALL is book 2 in the Sky Cove Series, and centers around Phoebe Campbell and Todd Miller, two secondary characters you first meet in book 1, ONCE AGAIN. Phoebe is a gifted art student who's at the bottom rung of the social ladder at Sky Cove Senior High, and Todd Miller is the football star who sits at the very top of said social ladder. When they wind up paired together for a class art project, they discover that not only were their perceptions about each other way off base, but also an ancient curse is at work through them, and it's up to them to break generations of bad blood.
While writing ONCE AGAIN (book 1), I began crafting ideas for the next story in my head. I knew I wanted to do two characters who were drastically separated by social classes. It's always a big scandal at school when a kid from the "upper" class dates someone from a class "below" them. Sounds awful, I know, but it's true. Jumping social classes is a difficult thing to do, no matter which way you're jumping. As the character of Phoebe began to take shape in my mind, I went back into ONCE AGAIN, and inserted her into several scenes, so the reader gets a chance to meet her and begins to get a feel for her. When ONCE AGAIN was finished, I went back and read it through from start to finish. At that point, I was beginning to try and flesh out the boy who would be Phoebe's romantic interest, as well as her "partner" in their own unique reincarnation story. I knew I wanted a popular boy... one who everyone knew... one who thought he had the world on a string with practically no effort. Well, as I read ONCE AGAIN from beginning to end, I realized I'd already created Phoebe's partner. Todd Miller.
If you've read ONCE AGAIN, you know that Todd has a long way to go. He's not very nice at the beginning of the book, but sort of redeems himself (or makes a start) part of the way through the book. What I didn't realize when I began writing ONCE AND FOR ALL was that Phoebe would have just as far to come as Todd. Theirs is a tough journey, and they each have to make some hard decisions, but in the end, I think their resolution will be ridiculously satisfying!
I hope you'll join me this week as I introduce you to Phoebe and Todd, and share a few "sneak peaks" at ONCE AND FOR ALL, which will be released later this year. (Official blurb and book cover are coming soon!)
Happy reading and writing!