Your Questions Answered

What is your favorite type of writing?


I am a sixth grader currently reading two of your books for an author book report. These books are Blizzard’s Wake and Faith, Hope and Ivy June. So far these books are amazing and I just was wondering if you could answer a couple of questions for my author report. What is your favorite type of writing? Why do you like writing? Thank you so much!


Phyllis replied:

What ever type of writing I’m doing at the moment is my favorite kind–I like variety, and I try never to follow up one type of book by immediately writing the same kind.  After I write a mystery, I may write a humorous book.  After a serious book about family life, I may want to do something scary.  This helps keep my writing fresh, I think.  I probably love writing so much because my parents read aloud to us every night, almost until we were in high school.  Of course we read books on our own, but family story hour was just something we did.  I especially enjoyed listening to my dad read Mark Twain’s books aloud.  Huckleberry Finn was my absolute favorite.

Posted on: March 8, 2018

Girls Get Even


We are an upper elementary literature co-op class and we just finished reading The Girls Get Even. We struggled to come up with the protagonist and antagonist. Could you help us? Thank you so much! We really enjoy your books.


Phyllis replied:

Sorry, but that’s your homework, not mine.  Have you considered that there might be several of each, or that they might even trade places?

Posted on: January 30, 2018

Beth Herndon/Send No Blessings


Will there ever be another Beth Herndon book? I need to know if she marries Harliss, what happens to poor Geraldine, and whether or not she makes it as a typist.


Phyllis replied:

It’s been a long time since I wrote the book, SEND NO BLESSINGS, but it’s one of my favorites.  Absolutely, Beth makes it as a typist.  Whether she marries Harliss or not depends on how much she changes in her views about life, and whether they each feel the same about each other after she works for a year.  Geraldine is a different story, but I’d like to think that Beth sets an example for her, that even as a single mother, Geraldine will find a way to improve herself and increase her self-confidence.

Posted on: January 5, 2018

Wax Museum Project

I am in 4th grade and recently read your book “How I Came to be a Writer.” I also own and have read your Newberry Award Winning book Shiloh. My sister has read all of your Boys vs. Girls books. I have loved learning about your life and recently did my wax museum project on you.
I enjoyed telling all of those that came to our wax museum all about me (acting as you). Thank you for influencing me and helping me learn. I’m glad you didn’t die by the train or drowning.
I hope to hear back from you if you get enough time to respond.

Phyllis replied:

I’m glad I didn’t die by train or drowning, either.  (I see you’ve been reading my website).  I had never heard of a wax museum project, but I hope you did a good job being me.  That would be a fun project in school, but we never did anything like that when I was in fourth grade.

Posted on: December 15, 2017

What type of books do you write?


What type of fiction would you term your books?

Phyllis replied:

I write all kinds–realistic family fiction, suspense, adventure, humor, gothic ghost stories, historical, fantasy…..

Posted on: November 27, 2017

Writing about Buckhannon, W. Va.


I am an Elementary Education Major at WVWC in small town Buckhannon, West Virginia. Currently, I am writing a group paper with fellow classmates about the importance of incorporating your works into a classroom setting. If you could explain, into your own thoughts, why do you think that your books should be placed into Children’s hands worldwide. How would you? If by chance you had the opportunity to promote your novel about Shiloh or from a novel from the The Boys Start the War series internationally, would you? Can I ask you what inspirations lead you to writing about stories from a rural town such as Buckhannon, WV. Additionally, if you had any words of wisdom to pass down to future generations of students to come, what would you say?
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Phyllis replied:

My books have already been translated into sixteen different languages and placed in various countries around the world.  Both the Shiloh books and the Boys Start the War series are placed in West Virginia, as well as my novels Wrestle the Mountain, Send No Blessings, and Josie’s Troubles.  I fell in love with West Virginia after I fell in love with my husband, who was born in that state and graduated from WVWC, and we spent part of our honeymoon there.  Though not accurate in every detail, the Boys Start the War series was set, in my mind, in Buckhannon.

Posted on: November 10, 2017

Need your address


A paper/letter I am writing requires your address do you mind telling me?

Phyllis replied:

I have given my address on my website.  Go to   Look on my “News” blog.

Posted on: November 9, 2017

Maryland Museum


I’m working with a partner named Amirrah Lowe and we’re from North Salisbury. We are doing a research project for our schools Maryland Museum and we picked you for our famous Maryland Author. So we were just wondering if you could answer a few questions.:

#1: What are your parents names?  Eugene and Lura Reynolds

#2: What’s your favorite book out of all your books?   Shiloh

#3: What Elementary School did you go to?  Lincoln, in Anderson, Indiana

#4: Are you from Salisbury or any where else in Maryland?   I’ve lived in  Silver  Spring, Bethesda, and now Gaithersburg

#5: Have you ever gone out of the Country?  Yes–England, Scotland, Spain, Italy, France and Canada

#6: What’s your favorite subject besides reading?  Psychology and  Sociology

#8:  If you were stranded on a desert island, who would you take with you?   Mark Twain, because he would have fascinating stories to tell me.

Posted on: October 26, 2017

10th Grade English Book Report

In my English class our teacher assigned us to create a book report and relate it to a current event. I chose to do my book report on your book Walker’s Crossing. For a person that doesn’t like to read I fully enjoyed reading this book. I related your book to the events in Charlottesville in mid 2017. I was wondering if you can look over my book report and give me any feedback to improve my writing.
Phyllis replied:

I really wish I could read all the things that people request of me, but it’s all I can do to reach my own book deadlines and answer questions on this blog.  But I’m very happy to hear that you found this book.  It is so relevant to what happened in Charlottesville and is happening in other places in our country.  Best of luck!

Posted on: October 19, 2017

Cover Designer of “Boys Against Girls”


Hi we are doing a project on boys against girls and need to know who the designer of the cover was. thank you so much.
Phyllis replied:

If you’re referring to the hardcover edition, the illustrator was Joe Csatari and the jacket design was by Chris DiStasio.

Posted on: October 9, 2017


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