LFCC Student Graces Cover of Latest R.L. Stine Novel
Darcy Stoffel works, studies, acts and models
Like most college students, LFCC student Darcy Stoffel is used to hitting the books. Unlike her peers, she’s on the cover of one that’s sure to be a hit.
Her face graces the front of best-selling author R.L. Stine’s latest book in the Fear Street series, “The Dead Boyfriend.” Aimed at teens, it’s the story of a girl in an obsessive new relationship with a boy.
The cover photo was shot by photographer Stephen Carroll, who submits work to websites where authors can choose cover art.
“R.L. Stine’s team happened to come across mine,” Stephens City resident Stoffel says. “Out of the hundreds of thousands of photos, they came across that one.”
That’s not the only photo of Stoffel an author has chosen. Coming out on the heels of the Stine book, “One More Taste: A One and Only Texas Novel” a romance novel by Melissa Cutler features Stoffel posing with a rancher. It was released in early October.
In addition to modeling, Stoffel, who is passionate about both art and science, does some acting. That’s all while working full-time at Hagerstown Ford and being a full-time student at Lord Fairfax, where she is finishing up her associate of applied science degree.
“I’m either in class or at work,” Stoffel says.
She is graduating this spring and hopes to go into a radiology program.
“I love school, so I changed my major a few times – I wanted to do so many things,” Stoffel explains.
She originally went away to an expensive private college in Pennsylvania. While Stoffel enjoyed the experience, she was undecided about what she wanted to pursue in her professional life, “and I didn’t want to spend all that money if I wasn’t quite sure.”
Instead, she took a few years off and worked in a hospital.
“I knew right away I wanted to be in the medical field,” Stoffel says.
She also became friends with some radiology techs.
“They all loved their job,” Stoffel says. “It was a great environment. I love people. I love working with them, so I have to have a job where I’m working with people.”
LFCC is a good fit for her.
“It’s familiar to me, I’ve been there so much,” Stoffel says. “The teachers are great, they’re willing to work with you one-on-one. I’m able to just talk to them after class. They’re all just really, really helpful, and they all want you to succeed.”
The small classes at LFCC mean courses “really focus on the individual,” she says.
One of Stoffel’s biggest supporters is her 8-year-old daughter.
“She’s always like, ‘Mommy, I’m so proud of you, we’re going to get a house one day,’” Stoffel says. “Yes, we are.”