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?
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.
OH. MY. GODS. -- Dutton, May 2008