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Question: How come you seem so younger than you really are?

Question:
Hullo, Phyl. You’re very different. Most authors are. Quirky. Unusual. Odd. You’re a grandmother. How come you seem so younger than you really are? You don’t sound, feel old. I guess most grandparents are different from grandparents who are authors. I wrote to Judy Blume once. She’s like you. For crying out loud, she’s 70 something and she could pass for 20ish. Because of the way she writes.  Well, I just wanted to say that I’m kind of disappointed that there will only four more Alice books and the whole series will come to an end? That’s what I heard. That’s all.

PHYLLIS Replied:
Maybe writers have a more direct line to how they felt when they were your age, I don’t know.  But thank you very much for the compliment.  I’ll be sad too when the series comes to an end, but I think that the very last book, #28, will tie up all the loose ends.  Hope so.

Posted on: January 6, 2009

Question: Could you give me a list of all the Alice books in order which the come?

Question:
If you could please respond to this, I understand that you get thousands of these a day but I was wondering more like hoping if you could give me a list of all the Alice books in order which the come. Thank You!

In other words, I am a HUGE Alice fan! I know this may sound weird but, I have taken Alice into my life I have also taken advice from her. I know she is not real but to me she is. The books are something more then amazinggg! The reason I have chose the Alice books then other teenage books is because Alice is someone who I can relate to and take her choices she has made into my own train of thought. The crazy thing is that when Alice is sad I get sad when she is happy I am suddenly happy, I put all my emotions into this book which is odd but, I do enjoy them(: Please, I wish you could NEVER stop writing the Alice books but, I do know she has to die sometime. I think you could carry on the books about her children maybe she could even have a boy, and a daughter. I would still love the books even if they weren’t about Alice because your an awsome writer and I think you put everything you have into these books and just so people all around the world can enjoy your books. Please respond to this as soon as you can, I know you are VERY busy but, if you could at least try it would be nice[= even if you send me a hello or hi it would be something[= please just try and give me a response,

PHYLLIS Replied:
All the books, in the order that they were written, are listed here on the Alice website: www.alicemckinley.com

Posted on: January 6, 2009

Question: There’s this guy I like, (I’m in the 8th grade)…

Question:
Hey PN, it’s totally been awhile since I’ve written to you. Okay, so I just need some answers to a few questions I’m kind of confused about. There’s this guy I like, (I’m in the 8th grade) Let’s call him patrick ( like in ALICE heehee) okay, so I’ve been crushing on Patrick for quite awhile now, and I’ve told my friends that I like him, so most of them have pretty much told him that I have feelings for him. But like, when they asked him if he likes me back, he doesn’t really say anything. So like a few weeks ago, he sent a friend request to me on Myspace and I added him. My friend told me that Patrick has asked her multiple of times out during the summer, but she doesn’t like him back that way. That was like alittle while ago, so I’m guessing he probably move on. Anyways, we’ve been recently sending messages together back and forth all the time and I engoy talking to him. Sometimes our messages get alittle flirty,(Mostly I’m always the flirt) or we just talk about random stuff. At school, we don’t really talk much since I don’t have any classes with him. But he will sometimes bump hips with me in the hall or give me a knowing grin. I’m like always nervous when I see him, I get butterflys and I’m always ducking around somewhere when he’s in sight or when my friends embarrass me in his presence. He send me a message like a week ago saying that people say that I like him, and I was like yea, and later he told me that he liked me. alot. Then he asked me why I liked HIM and I told him because I thought he was cute blah blah…and he sai! d some things he liked about me too.  Now, he hasn’t asked me out yet, which is really weird. I’m like waiting for him to ask me out but he won’t which is kind of bugging me. I mean, if he likes me then he should ask me out right? I don’t know if he’s shy or if he wants me to make the first move, well I don’t know, should I? Or he probably doesn’t like me, he just said that because he doesn’t want to hurt my feelings.  I’m confused, what should I do? Ask him out? Because I really really like him.

PHYLLIS Replied:
Look.  There are no guarantees in life.  What does seem certain is that he likes that you like him.  That you think he’s cute.  Why not ask him to some event where other people will be present, so he’s one of a group, not a one-on-one date.  Then if he turns you down, it won’t seem so awful and at least you’ll know where you stand.  And if he really does want to go out with you and says yes, then yay!

Posted on: January 6, 2009

Fan Mail: ive been reading ur books since about like 8 years old and i totally fell in love w/ them!

Question:
Hi lol ive been reading ur books since about like 8 years old and i totally fell in love w/ them! I started 2 think that they were a live! U put so much details in ur books I wanted Patrick as a boy friend to! And Alice as a friend! Lol don’t get me started about Lester he’s Hilarious! I have a bro and i can relate totally. Ur books made me laugh my head off1 Pamela and Elizabeth and Alice r so diff. but bff’s and i like that ! Ur books r funny,adventurous, loving and AWESOME!!!!! ur #1

PHYLLIS Replied:
It’s wonderful to know that some readers have almost grown up with Alice!

Posted on: January 6, 2009

Fan Mail: Thank you so much for creating such an amazing series and for responding to the questions and thoughts of teenage girls (and everyone else) with so much respect!

Question:
Ms. Naylor,
Sorry to add to your mail over the holidays, but I’ve been meaning to write to you since I began reading the Alice books when I was nine. At age 20 I’ve decided it’s time to echo everyone who has written to thank you for your creativity, generosity and wisdom in the Alice series and your responses to letters on the website. I’m another individual whose life has been so much better because of you. Your books and the advice that you’ve always provided to the community of readers helped me to get through adolescence and teenage angst with a sense of humor and the reassuring knowledge that my insecurities, interests, and desires were not only shared with many others but also completely ordinary! Your willingness to talk about issues like homophobia helped me stay sane in a small town and a narrowminded student body, where prejudice was prevalent but not often discussed. I’ve reread the books in the Alice series innumerable times, and I can still read any of them (as I often do when I’m home from college) and enjoy every page and plot line while identifying with and living vicariously through the characters. So although this doesn’t adequately express how grateful I am, thank you so much for creating such an amazing series and for responding to the questions and thoughts of teenage girls (and everyone else) with so much respect!

PHYLLIS Replied:
Your letter really made my day.  Thank you so much for taking time to write.  Sometimes sending in a manuscript feels like dropping it down a well, but when readers respond, it is very gratifying.  In another year, Alice will be off for college too, and I hope I can do justice to her then.  Have a wonderful new year.

Posted on: January 6, 2009

Question: There is a boy at my school who has a crush on me…

Question:
I have a problem. It is quite trivial, but I would like some advice. There is a boy at my school who has a crush on me- he has had one for four years now- and I have been quite uppity toward him until this year. We have become friends, though nothing more; he is just the kind of person that I see as only a friend. Lately he has been trying to arrange outings between the two of us, and I have even gone to talk to him at a coffee shop out of pity (he basically backed me into a corner until I could not refuse). I don’t want to give him the wrong impression and I have told him this numerous times. It also feels very uncomfortable to see him outside of school and I wish I could kindly decline his offers permanently. Am I a horrible person? What can I do to remain friends with him but have a mutual understanding to not see each other outside of school? I would appreciate any advice you have on the subject.

In rereading this I see how immature it sounds but I will send it anyway; I only hope you can understand this from a 17-year-old’s point of view.

PHYLLIS Replied:
I don’t think you sound immature.  I think you sound compassionate, and it’s really difficult to turn down someone who likes you in the way that he does.  I think that perhaps you haven’t been as definite as you might think.  What needs to be done is painful, but the sooner the better:  Find a time when you aren’t hurried, when there is no one else around, preferably when you’re both sitting down.  Then tell him that you are friends, and you value his friendship, but you don’t have a romantic feeling for him, and it’s making you very uncomfortable when he keeps trying to get you both together out of school.  You will have to state very clearly that you’ll have to give up the friendship if this continues.  If he agrees, then change the subject, talk about other things, and see if he’ll follow your lead.

Posted on: January 6, 2009

Question: i have a question is there going to be a movie for the Alice books because i think there should be.

Question:
hi ms.naylor, i have a question is there going to be a movie for the Alice books because i think there should be. BUT under three conditions you have to write the screen play, you have to be in the movie, and last but not least the characters in the movie can be famous they have to be teenagers who grew up like Alice,Liz,Gwen,and Pamela. not celebs that had limos at 16.

PHYLLIS Replied:
There IS a movie out about Alice.  It’s on DVD, and is called “Alice Upside Down.”  It’s based loosely on “The Agony of Alice,” and I’m not in it.

Posted on: January 6, 2009

Question: Im SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO confused! PLEASE HELP ME!!!

Question:
Before i start anything i just want to say you are an AMAZING writer. You inspire me to write my very best. Now my question is about boys. Ok my ex and i broke up in late october but we still remain very close friends. Now he has a cousin that im also pretty close with. I think about my ex non stop! I know im not over him but at times i think about his OLDER cousin. I havnt kissed a boy yet because my ex was too shy to but his cousin has admited if we went out he would kiss me but i know i do not like him in that way. My ex is sweet and funny (and pretty darn cute) but when i think im over him, i just fall under his spell again! I would love to go out with him again but i would also love to have my first kiss. Im SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO confused! PLEASE HELP ME!!!

PHYLLIS Replied:
You are so excited about this, I’m afraid it may be a disappointment.  If the older cousin really wants to kiss you, why doesn’t he just do it?  Why do you have to “go out” first?  I think that right now you’re in love with the idea of being in love.  Kisses usually just happen–they don’t have to be planned.

Posted on: January 6, 2009

Question: What town do the Malloys live in?

Question:
I really enjoyed your boys against girls series. You should write another book about the Hatfords and the Malloys. Maybe one about when the girls move back to Buckman. I also wanted to know if the boys move to Ohio and live next door to the Malloys. And I have one more more question. What town do the Malloys live in?

PHYLLIS Replied:
There are 12 books in the boys/versus/girls series, but WHO WON THE WAR? is the last one.  There are just too many other books I want to write.   The real town is Buckhannon, in W. Va., but I call it Buckman in the series.

Posted on: January 6, 2009

Question: I just finished reading Almost Alice and I am sooo sad that Intensely Alice comes out in June. Can you tell me what that book will be about? Or at least something that can keep me fantasizing until it comes out?

Question:
Hi Mrs.Naylor! I’m a HUGE fan of your books and I especially love the way you interact with your fans. I still have the poster you signed and sent me years ago on my wall! I just finished reading Almost Alice and I am sooo sad that Intensely Alice comes out in June. Can you tell me what that book will be about? Or at least something that can keep me fantasizing until it comes out? By the way, I really love Patrick and always have. In Dangerously Alice, though, I started liking Scott because it seemed like Patrick was out of the story forever but in Almost Alice, I was so ecstatic when they sort-of got back together. Can you at least give me a hint about their relationship in the next book? *sigh* what will I do from now till at least June? =(

PHYLLIS Replied:
Not yet.

Posted on: January 6, 2009

 

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