A teenage girl is doing her best to navigate the life she's been handed: a stepfather tortured with guilt and bound in paranoia who rants about "The Devil", and a mother disempowered by their pastor's sermons and the Bible's injunctions to be obedient.
Deception is her only choice when her newfound love collides with her stepfather's rules. The ruse works for a while, but an accident of timing unravels everything and plunges her into a hell from which suicide seems to be the only escape.
A stranger she met on the beach becomes her rescuer, and with his support honesty becomes the foundation for rebuilding her life. Honesty begets courage, courage leads to charisma and charisma opens a door to celebrity. Her candor stirs the public into joining her exposé of the myths and delusions that enable so much ugliness, suffering and death.
Honesty presents its own challenges, though. Her developing body is sending startling new signals, and acknowledging them honestly might require sacrificing her love. What does "love" mean, anyway? And, for that matter, what are delusions and what is reality?
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About the Author
Editor: Why did you write this book?
PHD: I got the inspiration while I had my motor home parked at a beach resort much like the one in the story. There was a 12-year-old girl with a face full of angst and some religious fanatic parents. It got me imagining that world, although the story ended up being somewhat different than the one I imagined for her.
Ed: This appears to be your first novel.
PHD: That's right. It was a huge learning experience too. It took about two years and umpteen revisions. Probably more than a hundred. I'm not exaggerating there!
Ed: Have you ever done any writing before?
PHD: Not like this. I've done a lot of writing over the years, from radio journalism to advertising copy writing to web page writing. I found out writing a novel-length story is quite a bit different, and it was a huge learning curve. Bigger than I ever imagined.
Ed: Do you have any more work planned?
PHD: I do, actually. Apparently this was the breach in the dike, and now stuff is flooding into my brain asking to be written. One I have well on its way deals with a pregnant 13-year-old girl who is left to find her own way when her crackhead mom dies. Another one is about a guy who stumbles onto some backwoods types in Appalachia and they end up overthrowing the US government.
Ed: Is that why you travel around all the time--to get ideas like this?
PHD: I don't know why I travel around. For some reason I'm not happy in one place. I'm a freak, I guess. But, yes, constant traveling does seem to stimulate my ideas. For example, I started Girl while I was in Ocean City, Washington, where it starts, and I finished the first draft near Los Angeles, where it ends.
Ed: Are you planning to go back and live in Alaska ever?
PHD: I'm not planning to go anywhere to live--back, forward or sideways. But then I never planned on living on the road either, so who knows.
Ed: Thanks for taking a few minutes to speak with us.
PHD: My pleasure.