Octavia grew up half on the street. She is one of several siblings, but ostensibly the most publicly successful. Her talent at written mediums translated to a decent skill as a lyricist, and attracted the attention of Thorne Bailey. Few are aware he's not as good at lyrics as he likes to pretend he is, and Octavia wrote a lot of his songs.
Years later, they married, and Thorne made a handful of promises about her never having to live on the street again. One of Octavia's sisters, Troi, never did like Thorne and frankly, Octavia shouldn't have believed a word he said, but somehow the idea of not having to worry about money or basic things like food and shelter again, it sounded nice.
She writes books now. Troi became a doctor, and Octavia kept her name when she married Thorne. They have a son, Orange Bailey-Moon, and Octavia may have a drinking problem now. She's a celebrity too, from a few decent books that were released in the last few years, but she's not as big a name as, say, Judith Ward's.