Sunday, February 03, 2008

Introducing ... Phoebe

My interview with Phoebe (aka the cross-country-running superstar heroine of OH. MY. GODS.) was a logistical nightmare since, you know, she lives in Greece. We finally decided to do the interview in IM chat since neither of us has webcams and I was not about to foot the bill for an international call. [Here's the pic of Amanda Bynes from my dream cast list.]


TLC: Hey Phoebes! It’s been a few since I wrote your sequel. How’ve you been?

LostPhoebe: I thought we weren’t allowed to talk about that. It doesn’t even have a title yet. Besides, don’t you have a revision letter waiting on your desk?

TLC: You’re right. Forget I mentioned it. What have you been up to?

LostPhoebe: Well, today was my first day at The Academy. And, as I guess you already know, it was pretty awful. Serfopoula sucks.

TLC: A lot of people would take your place on a freakin' Greek island in a heartbeat. Besides, think about it. What kind of story would you have if you’d stayed in L.A. and graduated from Pacific Park with Nola and Cesca?

LostPhoebe: Like you had no other choice. You just had to uproot me from the school I’d attended since Kindergarten--away from my two life-long best friends--to move halfway around the world and attend a secret school founded by Plato that just happens to be populated by descendants of the gods? You’re creative. I bet you could of come up with something closer to home.

TLC: Maybe. But it wouldn’t have been as much fun. I promise, someday you’ll be glad I did. Tell me more about your day.

LostPhoebe: As the only nothos (normal person) in school, most of the kids just look at me like I’m a circus freak. Except for Nicole and Troy. They’re super cool.

TLC: Yeah, I like them, too. Nicole’s a kick-butt girl and I like any guy who could double as Chad Michael Murray.

LostPhoebe: [rolls eyes] Meeting them almost makes up for having to deal with the wicked queen of the cheerleaders and the evil stepsister.

TLC: Come on. Adara and Stella aren’t that bad.

LostPhoebe: [not dignifying that with a response]

TLC: Well, what about Griffin? You like him, right?

LostPhoebe: I’m not sure. When we met on the beach this morning I thought he was a kindred spirit. I mean, how bad can a guy be who does long-distance beach runs before dawn? But then at cross-country tryouts he [---spoiler deleted by author---]. So I’m not sure what to make of him.

TLC: But he’s so yummy!

LostPhoebe: You’re the author. You tell me if he’s a good guy or not.

TLC: Um, that would be a spoiler.

LostPhoebe: That’s what I thought. Hey, I’d better go. I still have twenty pages of Animal Farm left to read and the stepdad told me my lit prof gives reading quizzes.

TLC: Okay. And Phoebes?

LostPhoebe: Yeah?

TLC: I can’t tell you much at this point, but things are going to get better. I promise.

LostPhoebe: Am I going to make the cross-country team?

TLC: ‘Night Phoebe.

LostPhoebe: Copout. You’d better make my life easier in the seq--

Oops, my connection dropped out. Darn wireless internet. Well, that does it for my interview with Phoebe. Find out the answers to all of your (and Phoebe’s) questions in OH. MY. GODS., coming in May from Dutton Children’s Books. The as-yet-untitled (and un-revised) sequel is slated for Spring ’09.

Hugs,
TLC

OH. MY. GODS. -- Dutton, May 2008
teralynnchilds.com

10 comments:

The Story Siren said...

love the interview! so cute! plus i am a huge amanda bynes fan, i so want to be her best friend! i cannot wait to read this book! i am so glad to hear there is a sequel as well!

TinaFerraro said...

As you know, Tera, I'm so excited about this book that I've not only pre-ordered it, but I mentioned it in a high school English class I was visiting, and got a rousingly good reaction.

Thanks to Phoebe for participating here in the interview...but wondering how you two worked out the time difference? ;) Which one of you IM'd in the middle of the night?

stephhale said...

Phoebe sounds so fun! I can't wait to read her story. And yes, I know I have her story on my computer but it just isn't the same as curling up with a hardback! :)

Tera Lynn Childs said...

story siren -- I know! I would totally pick Amanda, too. She is so sweet and sincere and (a must for the role of Phoebe) athletic.

Tina -- It's an eight hour difference from Central time, so it was early afternoon for me and late evening for P. Good catch. =)

Steph -- I already said you're off the hook. In a guilt-free way, not an omigod-you're-so-off-the-hook way--although you are that too!

WannabeWriter said...

Hilarious interview! I loved that ending. I'll have to look up your book right now.

And cool pic of Amanda Bynes. She's hilarious, and from reading that interview, I could picture her acting out the character of Phoebe!

<3 Paige

The Compulsive Reader said...

Ah, who doesn't love a character fashioned after Amanda Bynes! Now I really can't wait for your book to come out, it sounds so wonderful!

Marley Gibson said...

Phoebe is adorable! Can't wait to read all about her adventures. Her voice is so much fun. = )

starberry said...

This looks wonderful! Phoebe looks like such a cool character, I had to preoder this book. Greek mythology and teen lit, two of my favorite things rolled into one package.

Tera Lynn Childs said...

wannabe and compulsive -- Thanks. And if someone wants to make a movie of OMG, I hope the do it before Amanda is too old to play Phoebe. =)

Marley -- Glad you like her.

starberry -- Thanks for the preorder! Teen lit and Greek myth are two of my favorite things, too!

Peace, Love, and ME said...

haha, this looks like such a good book!! great interview, i'm excited to read when it comes out!!!

<3