This is a re-post from April 2012, in anticipation of next week's release of ONCE AND FOR ALL!
Introducing... Phoebe Campbell... heroine of ONCE AND FOR ALL!
Phoebe Campbell wouldn't be comfortable with the title "heroine". See, she's learned to like invisibility. In her experience, it's far easier to be invisible at school than it is to be noticed. Because when you're noticed, you're critiqued, compared, and raked over the coals.
Phoebe is 5'6", average height for an 18 year old girl. She's got long, blonde hair that is perpetually in a ponytail. She's fond of hoodies and baggy clothes. They allow her to hide.
Phoebe lost her mom in a car accident when she was eight years old. After that, her father moved from a large city to Sky Cove, Maine in order for Phoebe to grow up in a safer place. While the crime rate in Sky Cove may have been lower, so was the chance that Phoebe would find a place to fit in.
Shy and withdrawn after her mother's death, Phoebe found it hard to make friends. Then, at the beginning of 5th grade, she was the first girl in her class to develop breasts. Imagine the attention she got from the boys then! And she didn't enjoy it. She began to hide inside baggy clothes, and the hoodie became a staple in her wardrobe.
And over the years, that girl who hid herself away from everyone slowly became the girl no one wanted to associate with.
Fast forward seven years to her senior year. All she wants is to get the heck out of Dodge... or rather, Sky Cove. A gifted artist, she has plans to win scholarship money with her artistic talents and go away to college. And once she's gone, there's no one she's going to miss.
Or, at least, that's what she thinks.
Then she's paired to work on an art project with Todd Miller - school jock, football star, pompous jerk.
And learns that just as the rest of the student body has always judged her based on preconceived notions, she's been just as guilty when it comes to Todd Miller.
Phoebe is a very different character, and she presents some challenges. But I'm finding it all kinds of rewarding to take a girl from the bottom of the social ladder and show her that reverse snobbery is still snobbery (Todd's words to her!), and that she's absolutely, totally, 100% worthy of friendship and love.