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Comment:

Alice seems so real to me, and is almost like my best friend

Phyllis replied:

I’m glad you feel that way.  For the 28 years I was writing about her, she was a real person to me too.  When she cried, so did I.  And her conversations with Lester always made me laugh.

 

Posted on: January 30, 2017

in-love

Comment:

In-love with the series. Can’t put them down.

Phyllis replied:

I know the feeling.  Whenever it was time to write a new Alice book, I couldn’t wait.

Posted on: January 30, 2017

Alice and sex education

Comment:
I’m 22 years old and living abroad in England while I work on my masters dissertation, which is going talk about something along the lines of how young adult literature can help improve sex education (I’m still in the early stages of research). Anyway, I’ve been reading a lot of work by scholars who analyze young adult literature and your Alice series has been coming up over and over again. I didn’t expect researching for my dissertation to be such an emotional experience but even just reading the authors’ summaries and analyses of the Alice books has made me incredibly nostalgic and a little homesick. Thank you so much for the series; I’ve only read a handful of the books but the ones I did read had a huge impact on me and I’m going to try to get ahold of the whole series as soon as I can. I would if the Bodelian Library would order them for me…. Thank you again for writing a series that, even half-forgotten, still brings me back to being 11.
Phyllis replied:
 I’m so glad to know that the Alice books are so helpful.  (The whole series is available in paperback, by the way, in 3 boxed sets. See Amazon).  I think that Alice first thinks openly about sex in the book Lovingly Alice, when she is 10, and asking the very same questions I asked my own mother when I was that age.  My best wishes on your dissertation, and also in your career.
Posted on: January 15, 2017

I love these books!

Comment:

I don’t have a question, but I just wanted to say that I’d forgotten how much I loved these books. I used to read them when I was younger, and I learned so much. I think I stopped at the Grooming of Alice. I just got a job in a bookstore and grabbed a random book off a shelf one day and when I read the back, what was it? By sheer coincidence it was Alice! After some thought, I decided to order the books and read them again. I’d forgotten how much I loved them. My favorite character is Elizabeth, and I like Lester and Patrick too. I think he and Alice are perfect together! I just finished reading “Alice on the Outside” and it made me cry! I thought, how does this book manage to make a 23-year-old cry? It was just filled with so much emotion. Wonderful writing. I want to be a writer myself one day and these books are a big inspiration. The way the books aren’t afraid to explore controversial themes makes me want to do the same with my writing. I can’t wait to read more. Thanks for writing these! 🙂

Phyllis replied:

How wonderful that you want to become a writer, and that you rediscovered the  Alice series!  I hope you found the “books in order” list on my website, and are able to read all 28 of them in the right order.  In the very last book, Alice will be twice as old as you are now.  Enjoy your job in the bookstore!

Posted on: January 11, 2017

Alice & Patrick

Comment:

Did Alice ever?????
What happened to????
Did her daughter????
I loved the series!!!
Can u please sign a piece of paper or a bookmark and send it to me via email or mail??

Phyllis replied:

Oh, dear.  If I had answered your first three questions…if I’d even printed them… they would be spoilers for all the readers who had not yet read the very last book of the series.  So I can only tell you (1) No  (2)  Forever  (3)  No.   If you will send a bookmark or label to me at 401 Russell  Avenue, Apt. 713, Gaithersburg, MD 20877,  enclsoing a stamped return envelope, with  your own name and address, I’ll be glad to sign them for you.

Posted on: January 8, 2017

Do you ever sign book plates?

Comment:

I’m 22 and I’ve been reading Alice since I was 12 years old. It’s my favourite series of all time, as I’m sure you’ve heard from many other girls like me. I was just wondering, do you ever have time to sign book plates if they are mailed to you? I found these beautiful book plates for my Alice collection and was hoping that maybe you would be able to sign one?

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this, and I completely understand if you’re too busy! I just wanted to also take a chance to tell you thank you so much for writing these books, they mean so much to me!

Phyllis replied:

I’m happy to sign book plates or even plain labels that readers can put inside their books, rather than sending me the book plus a mailer.  To send book plates, please place them in an envelope, along with an envelope with your return address and postage, and mail it to me at 401 Russell Ave., Apt. 713, Gaithersburg, MD. 20877.  I’m delighted to know you’re a fan of the Alice collection.

Posted on: January 2, 2017

A Series I Can Really Relate to

Comment:

Thank you. Thank you for writing a series I can really relate too. I am an avid reader, but I do not think I have ever read a series I can relate so closely to. While Alice and I may not be the same, I can find myself in her. I’m positive other girls can too. Thank you for being so real about what us teen girls go through. You are my favorite author of all time!

Phyllis replied:

Every writer would love to begin the new year with an email like yours.  So Happy New Year to you and to all the readers who write to me!

Posted on: December 30, 2016

Had the Courage…

Comment:

I just wanted to say thank you for writing the Alice books. I read them growing up and I learned so much. The answers to all the questions I was too embarrassed to ask or didn’t even think to ask were in those books. And I’ve started to realize how Alice has shaped me without me even noticing. For example, even when I was younger and before I knew I wasn’t straight, I spoke up for LGBTQ rights and joined clubs for it. And I think I had the courage to do that because a year earlier, I’d read about Alice doing it.

So anyway, thank you for writing those books. They are absolutely amazing for girls to have while growing up. I am 20 now and about to re-read them all. And before I do, I just wanted to let you know how much they helped me and how much of my heart they still have.

Phyllis replied:

What a wonderful message you have for girls everywhere.  Until we really feel comfortable in our own skin, it’s hard to make the right decisions.  I’m so glad that the Alice books were helpful to you.  Thanks for taking the time to write to me.

Posted on: December 30, 2016

How do you get your ideas?

Comment:

Hi, I love your Alice series. Someday I want to become an author and my question for you is: How do you come up with the amazing ideas for a book? Also what’s your advice for creating a book? I am sixteen years old and I have big dreams. Thanks and have a wonderful day,
Phyllis replied:

When I first started the series, I didn’t know there would be more than one book.  I just wanted to write about a motherless girl looking for a role model. And after I wrote the first book, so many people wanted to know what happens next with Alice that I agreed to write a series as long as Alice could grow older in each book.  The best books are created around deep feelings in a writer’s heart, and some of Alice’s experiences are things that happened to me or my friends.  Sometimes I suggest this to beginning writers:  Think about the most embarrassing thing that ever happened to you, or the angriest you’ve ever been, or the most sad, or scared half out of your wits.  Choose one and write a short paragraph about it.  Then rewrite it, making it happen to someone else.  Change the way it begins, perhaps, or the way it ends.  Turn it over to your imagination and give it wings.  The more you write, the more you will study things around you–the way people talk, or sit, or walk, or react, and the more ideas you will get for stories.

Posted on: December 23, 2016

In Love with Alice

Comment:

No question. I just wanted to say that have only read about 5 books from the Alice series and have fell in love with these books. As a girl, these books are relatable and very interesting. Pure works of art. I wish the series never ended.

Phyllis replied:

Well, I wish I could write them forever, but Alice has to grow up like everyone else.  If you read the books in order, you’ll follow her from age 8 to 60, so you still have a lot of reading to do.  I’m glad you’re enjoying them so much.

Posted on: December 13, 2016

 

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