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Comment:

i have many books that belong to my now adult daughter that can be given to my nieces who are 10 and 14. can we send them all?
thanks

Phyllis replied:

You didn’t tell me what books you’re referring to, so I can only guess they were some of the 28 books of the Alice series.  It took me 28 years to write them, one book per year, so obviously I can’t go back and read them all to see what book included what topic.  If I were a mother, I would let my 14 year old daughter read them all, but I would check the publication dates and have her begin with the earliest, as Alice grows older in each book.  I would allow my 10 year-old daughter to begin with the earliest books, and I would be prepared–and let her know that I was–to answer any questions at all that she might have about her body, about sexual intercourse, about religion, about death…..   The books are realistic, some are sad mixed in with happy, some are very funny…  But I can tell you that not a week goes by that I don’t hear from young women telling me that they grew up with Alice, that they learned things they were afraid to ask, that they helped them become more sympathetic with others, and more confident in themselves.

 

Posted on: October 12, 2017

Thank you for Alice

Comment:

I started reading the Alice books when I was 12 (I’m currently 23). Growing up with these books felt like I was growing up with Alice. They helped me through some tough times and were a HUGE part of my childhood (and my teenage years). I hope to have a little girl someday so that I can pass down this wonderful series to her. Thank you so much!!

Phyllis replied:

I hear this so often, and am so happy that they were a part of your childhood.  Thank you for telling me so.

Posted on: October 9, 2017

Thank you for an amazing childhood!

Comment:

I am writing to you not only because I want to thank you for writing such amazing books based off a girl we can all relate to but because I was wondering if in the near future you would write any more Alice McKinley books? This series definitely touched me in more ways than one because I can relate to most of what Alice has undergone throughout the whole series. All of those awkward questions thatAlice had, were the very same exact ones that I had when I was around her age too. I grew up reading the Alice book series and along with her, I matured into a young adult. Rather than seeing her as a fictional character I see her as one of my close friends which is why I would love if you would write ore books based off of her. The Alice series have touched millions of girls’ lives because we all undergo the awkward stages of our teenage years and we also always had questions regarding our bodies. Thank you so much for writing such amazing books!

Phyllis replied:

Thank you so much for your email.  I’m just delighted that they meant so much to  you.  I think that no matter how close we feel to sisters, friends or mothers, there are often just questions that we don’t want to ask of anyone; they are just too private.  And I’m pleased that readers react so well to them.  I really believe that I have ended the Alice series where I did.  I’m not sure the readership would have followed Alice into her sixties and seventies, but I appreciate your loving the books that much to suggest it.

Posted on: September 23, 2017

Advice for Life?

Comment:

I loved reading your Alice McKinley series because I can relate with Alice so much and I would like to say thank you for writing this series. I would also like to ask if you could give me the best advice that you have for life because I would really enjoy what you have to say. Thank you for making my reading experience with Alice an amazing one and I appreciate your advice if you do give me one and if not I still appreciate you!

Phyllis replied:

Advice for your whole life?  Nobody has that much wisdom; we can only offer what has worked for us and what we have observed in others.  But here are a few things I find helpful:  Don’t sweat the little things.  Learn to distinguish between the things that are really important and those that aren’t, and save your energy for the big things.  Be honest about who you are and what you want.  Don’t try to transform yourself into whatever group you are with.  And remember that whatever problem you are having, whatever embarrassing thing you have said or done, other people have experienced something similar.  These are things that will help you not only be more accepting of other people but will make you more comfortable with yourself.

Posted on: September 16, 2017

Alice McKinley

I had answered long ago on my blog.  Sorry.  Alice wasn’t gay because that wasn’t her character.  Her friends Leslie and Lori were gay.

Posted on: September 12, 2017

Thank you for Alice

Comment:

This isn’t a question in particular, but I just want to say thank you for writing the Alice series. I started the first book when I was around 12 and now I’m 28 and I finished the series yesterday for the maybe 8th or 9th time.
I just love these books and I always feel so connected to her and I can’t help but ALWAYS cry at the end.  *sigh*
Thank you!

 

Phyllis replied:

I love to hear from readers, and am just delighted that they meant so much to you.   If you ever crave to own the whole set, they are now available in three boxed paperback sets.  (See “The Alice Collection,” from Amazon or other bookstores)

Posted on: September 5, 2017

Alice Titles?

Comment:

Hi I found some books that are different from the series names like Alice in apirl, Alice alone,smiply Alice,and others. Is it the same as the series or different?

Phyllis replied:

I’m not sure if you found books with different titles, or books with the same titles but different covers.  The Alice titles never change, but the same title can come out with one picture on the hardcover copies, then a different picture on the first paperback edition to come out, still another picture on the cover of the next paperback edition, and so forth.  If there is Alice in the title, and my name is on the cover, then it’s part of my Alice collection of 28 books.

 

 

 

 

Posted on: September 4, 2017

TYSM

Comment:

TYSM for writing these books it was almost the end of summer and i wasn’t reading at all i couldn’t find time between tae kwon do and friends and then i came across an alice book after i found how interesting it was i made myself time to read in the summer. i haven’t yet come across a single serires ike yours i enjoyed so much 🙂

Phyllis replied:

I’m delighted that you found the Alice books.  If you don’t know, the entire 28-book series, in paperback, in available in three different boxed sets:  her elementary grades, middle school, then high school and beyond.  Check the titles on www.phyllis.naylor.com

Posted on: September 4, 2017

LA TIMES HS INSIDER INTERVIEW

Comment:

Hi Phyllis!  I write for the high school branch of LA Times called HS Insider. I really enjoy your books, and I was wondering if I could interview and write a feature article on you and your work. Thank you!

 

Phyllis replied:

Yes, you may interview me, but I’d much prefer you send your questions to me by email to my personal email address.  I had sent an email to the personal email listed on your first inquiry, but have not heard from you again.

Posted on: September 4, 2017

Alice Movie?

Comment:

Hello! I was wondering if there would be another Alice movie based on Alice being an adult? Also would you ever want another Alice movie to see how Alice physically looks like on screen and to see everything that is in the books in a visual way?

 

Phyllis replied:

I really don’t know.  I spend most of my time writing books, and don’t worry too much about whether they will become movies.  Once a producer makes an offer to my agent, then  I often get to read the screenplay first and make suggestions.  In the case of the Shiloh movies, I was invited to visit the set also as one of the movies was being made.  But yes, it would be fun to see another Alice movie in which all the cast were based on the descriptions of them in my books.

Posted on: September 4, 2017

 

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