Your Questions Answered

Cover Designer of “Boys Against Girls”

Comment:

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

Going Where It’s Dark questions

Comment:

I’m a speech therapist in Portland, Oregon. I work with teenagers that stutter and we sometimes read books with characters that stutter. My client and I are almost finished reading “Going Where its Dark.” We are greatly enjoying it and appreciate your novel very much. Past authors we have read have been open to answering questions via email or skype. Would you be willing to consider such contact with us?  Many thanks for your consideration and for bringing awareness about stuttering to a broader community through your wonderful book.

Phyllis replied:

I will call  you at the number you requested.  I’d be happy to answer any questions by email.

Posted on: October 9, 2017

Boys/girls battle series

Question:

I know it’s been 11 years since you wrote the last book in the boy/girl battle series but I love this series so much I have some questions. Did The Hartfords and Malloys ever call each other again, did they ever see each other in person again. Even if you are not going to write another book about them, what do you imagine what happened in the future. Also, are you going to write another book with these characters?

 

Phyllis replied:

I sort of imagine that some of those girls will come back to Buckman for college, don’t you?  And that some of those boys will be there?  So anything could happen!  But no, I don’t plan to write any more books in that series right now.  Too many other books waiting to be written, but I’m glad you enjoyed them so much.

Posted on: August 22, 2017

The Witch trilogy

Comment:

I’m a 49 year old that still remembers the magic of a sixth grade teacher reading The Witches Sister every day after lunch. It was the first time I ever wanted a book after being exposed to it. The trilogy remains one of my favorites to this day. You so captured being a child of the 70s.
Thanks for the wonderful writing giving me so much joy.
Phyllis replied:

I’m so glad you enjoyed it that much.  Those books were so much spooky fun to write.  Did you realize that there were six books in that series?  The story continued in these three titles:  The Witch’s Eye, Witch Weed, and The  Witch Returns.

Posted on: August 18, 2017

School Visits?

Comment:

I am the school librarian  in Sterling,Va and we are looking for an author to visit in Oct.this year, around the 16th. Please let me know if you do visits and what the fees will be.

 

Phyllis replied:

I am deep into the writing of a complicated novel, so am not doing school visits at present.  For a list of local authors and illustrators who do school visits–their fees and all other relevant information–go to the website of the Children’s Book Guild of Washington D.C.

Posted on: August 18, 2017

Boys against girls story idea

comment:

No, I’m not asking to write a story for you, but I am a writer myself, and I had an idea for you. I love your Boys against girls books–I sympathize with the Hatfords–and have been reading them for off and on for over a decade. Here’s my pitch: it’s the end of high school and one of the Malloy girls is thinking of going to Buckman College. I think that would most likely be Beth, but you would know best. The whole family decide to come for a visit while looking at the college. It’s the perfect excuse for them to go back, and at sixteen, the book would be cool for teenagers and long-time fans of yours. I don’t have much for what what might happen, but I wanted to put this in your ear. Thank you for your inspiration and excellent stories.

 

Phyllis replied:

I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed that series.  I now have nine 3-ring notebooks, each labeled with a new book title, filled to capacity with notes for nine new books I want to write.  So though I appreciate your idea, I like my other ideas more.

Posted on: June 12, 2017

Witch series

Comment:

I have read about Mrs.Tuggle, Lynn, and Mouse since 4th grade. I am now 45 and still read these, have the whole series. They are the best! Would you ever consider more? I know Mrs. Tuggle turned into a cat but could you write another  two or three? These books were so fantastic, cozy, and would love more!

 

Phyllis replied:

I’m delighted to know that you still love them.  I had such a good and creepy time writing them.  But I’m afraid there are just too many other books waiting to be written.    You might also enjoy my book, “Jade  Green:  A ghost Story.”

Posted on: June 11, 2017

Guest Speaker 4th grade?

Comment:

I am a 4th grade teacher for an elementary school in Kansas City, Missouri. I am working on next year’s class and was hoping to add some excitement and engaging lessons by inviting writers to talk with my students. I know that if you could Skype with my class it would be very exciting and motivating for them to do their best during our writing lessons. I know you are very busy and I appreciate your time and consideration in this matter.

 

Phyllis replied:

I’m sorry, but I’m not set up for Skype.  Still in the dark ages as far as technology is concerned.

Posted on: June 11, 2017

Help Me With My Book?

Comment:

I have started writing a book but am having trouble with the details.  Could I send it to you for help in using details?

 

Phyllis replied:

I’m sorry that I can’t read or edit or help revise other people’s manuscripts.  I get many requests to do this, but I would have no time to write my own books if I did.  Using the right amount of detail in a book is the writer’s own responsibility, and something that beginning writers need to practice doing on their own.  So I wish you good  luck with your book.  The more you read and see  how other authors do things, the better your own writing will be.

Posted on: June 7, 2017

Roxie and the hooligans lover

Comment:

 

My second grade class would love to share our thoughts with you and other “Roxie lovers” as we read, think question and explore with Roxie with others around the world.

 

Phyllis replied:

 

Yes, this blog is a good way for your students to ask questions.  I may not have time to check it every day, so a few good questions rather than a lot, coming all at one time, would be better.  By the way, a sequel will be coming out next year, “Roxie and the Ransom of Smoky Jo.”

Posted on: May 12, 2017

 

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