Your Questions Answered

School Project

Comment:

Hello I’m doing a school project in English about you and I was wondering if you could answer a few questions for it in an email?

 

Phyllis replied:

Yes, but please limit your questions to five, since answering emails takes up a large part of my day, and I’m so eager to get back to a book I’m writing.  This website, www.phyllisnaylor.com answers most of the questions readers want to know.  If you can’t find your answer here, then email me at Phyllis_naylor@comcast.net

Posted on: April 27, 2017

Write a review on “How I came to be a writer”

Comment:

The students in my class are being challenged to write a review about your book, “How I came to be a writer”. Is there an address we can send the reviews to?

 

Phyllis replied:

Hmmm.  I could give you my address, but what am I supposed to do with them?  Is this a contest?  Writers are generally not given an opportunity to respond to reviewers, since how you feel about a book is your own personal business.  I may love it, or think it’s unfair, but it’s still your own opinion, and that’s what counts.

Posted on: April 27, 2017

How Do You Get an Editor?

Comment:

I’m a new fan, and I was introduced to you by your autobiography, How I Came to be a Writer. I was so inspired by it, that I wanted to tell you what I thought about it. I also have a few questions too.
First off, It’s a great book, and I took a lot of great advice from it. Your writing process is similar to mine, except you use a chair with binders. I instead use a desk full of post-it notes. But when I have an idea, “It’s like a rock in my shoe. I just can’t wait to get it out.” I’m still only in the 5th grade, but I love to write. I wrote an autobiography myself too. But now I have some questions.
1. Your first story was about a mother chopping her child’s head off. Why did you take this violent approach on your books at such a young age?
2. How do you get an editor?
3. You write based on “What if this happened” ideas. How do you think of things and get ideas in this fashion.
Thank you for reading through this message. I enjoy you’re writing, and your style.

Phyllis replied:

It’s nice to hear from another writer.  First of all, that story about a mother chopping off her child’s head was an old story from a fairy tale book my parents read to us–along with much better stuff by Mark Twain and other authors.  Somehow that story must really have affected me, because the one I “made up” for my kindergarten teacher was obviously plagiarism!  As far as getting an editor, you need a book publisher first, if it’s a book manuscript, or a magazine that publishes short stories.  There was a much larger market for short stories when I began selling what I wrote than there is now.  If I were you, I would enter your work in every contest you can think of.  When you get to middle school and high school, try to join the school newspaper staff.  For story ideas, I suggest that you think of the most embarrassing thing that ever happened to you, or the saddest, or funniest, or that made you most angry or happy, and write a short paragraph about it.  Then rewrite it making it happen to a fictional character.  Perhaps change the beginning, or the ending.  Add things, subtract things…in other words turn your story over to your imagination.  You are starting with something very personal, with feeling, and giving it wings.

Posted on: April 12, 2017

Teenage Love Troubles

Teen Love Problems

Comment:

I know you are quite the woman of wisdom and so I really need your insight. I am currently sixteen and a half years old, I have a boyfriend, whom I’ve been with for about 8 months, but I have been crushing on him since the 5th grade. I became best friends with him about a year and half ago. And at this time, he was crazy about this girl, and she played with his feelings like a baby plays with a rattle. She had three boyfriends (not all at once) and kept them from him, but continued to lead him on. I was friends with her before this, but she lied to me and lost all of my trust. And at one point, something really awful happened and she hurt him too. I was there for him and she didn’t care how much she hurt him. And he knows that I strongly dislike her and that I really don’t trust her. He has talked to her in the past (while we have been dating) and he kept it from me for a while. His reasoning was because he knew how much I didn’t like her and that he thought it would upset me to talk about her. We’ve gotten in a few arguments over this. And the most recent one was the worst. He told me that he thinks of her everyday. That really hurt. He told me that he worded it wrong and that what he meant was that he didn’t like ending on bad terms with her and shutting her out of his life. Well, she doesn’t want to be his friend. She has pushed away all of her friends because all she wants is to be with her boyfriend. She actually quit her job to spend more time with him. He seemed to blame me for them ending on bad terms. I had texted her politely asked her not to talk to him because it upsets him and makes me feel insecure and uncomfortable because I know how much she meant to him and I sometimes feel like I can’t live up to those expectations. I just want him to be over her, even if he says he is, I just don’t know. I want to trust him on that but I feel so fragile. I found out that next semester, he will for sure have a class with her (I was told by one of my friends). And I want to mention something to him but I feel like he’ll get mad at me for bringing it up. What should I do? His says he understands, but I feel like he still just thinks of her and it makes me feel insignificant, which I have told him. Any advice on how to approach him on this sore subject?

 

Phyllis replied:

I doubt there are many people, male or female, who haven’t at some time suspected that the person they are with might like someone else better.  You’ve analyzed it correctly–that the thought that he is still thinking about her a lot makes you feel insecure and uncomfortable because you’re not sure you can measure up.  Do you really think that if he promised you he’d quit thinking about her, it would stop the thoughts from coming?  You really can’t ask or expect someone to quit liking another person just because you’re uncomfortable–that’s on you to deal with.  But I can tell you for sure that bringing up the subject again and again makes him think about her all the more.  Here are two things for you to think about:  Realize that there are obviously some things he likes about you or he wouldn’t be spending time with you at all.  And second, if you were not so dependent on his affection–if you could devote more time to other activities or people and talk about other things–you would be more attractive to him.  Dating for most teens is a roller-coaster affair, but the more confidence you can have in yourself, the less dependent you will be on this or any other boyfriend.

Posted on: January 31, 2017

The witch saga

Comment:

I would just like to say, that I love the 6 books about Mrs. Tuggle. I have read them since I was very young, 13 I think. And am.now 31. I am from Denmark, and read them in Danish. They were my favorite books, and I have read them all so many times. I tried.to find them in Danish when I got older, but it was impossible to find them all. So I gave up. Until one day, a person answered an old request in a Facebook group and she had five of the books, just like I remember them from when I borrowed them at the school library when I was a teenager. I will keep them forever they are a reminder of when I was young and had a very magical imagination. Love them so much. They are such amazing book’s and You told the story so great. Thank you for writing them. They are my favorite books.

 

Phyllis replied:

You are a true fan, to have loved these books so long.  I really enjoyed writing them, although some of those chapters gave me goose bumps.  The girls in the house alone when all those cats and crows are clawing to get in….   The girls in the cellar, drawing a protective circle in chalk around them….  I can remember not wanting anyone to walk behind my chair while I was writing the books.  I knew I would rise up out of my chair if anyone had touched my shoulder.  Thanks so much for your email.

Posted on: January 31, 2017

Witch Books

Comment:

I read your “Witch” books as a child, and they introduced me to the horror genre. I thank you for that.  I’m now 34 and I feel a strong urge to read them again. Unfortunately I live in Denmark and the books are nowhere to be found. Are there any chance at all, that this series will be available as E-books?

Phyllis replied:

I wish I could answer that, but I just don’t know.  All six of the witch books, however, are available from Amazon.  I just checked.  Witch’s Sister,  Witch Water, The Witch Herself, The Witch’s Eye, Witch Weed, and The Witch Returns.

 

Posted on: January 24, 2017

Thank you for your Witch Books!

Comment:

I am writing to say that I’m a big fan of your witch book series. Some of my favorite children’s books are Witch’s Sister, Witch Water, and the Witch Herself. I especially enjoy reading them in October with the crisp fall air and Halloween coming up. I recently recommended your Witch series book to my 11 year old niece. She’s recently become interested in witchcraft and spells, and I’m sure she’ll love reading your books.

Phyllis replied:

Thank you for your email.  I’m delighted that you loved those books.  Did you know that they are really part of a six-book series?  The next three books–to be read in this order–are The Witch’s Eye, Witch Weed, and The Witch Returns.
Creepy to the very last!

Posted on: January 24, 2017

Could I have two photos?

Comment:

Dear Phyllis Reynolds Naylor,

I´m a great fan and admirer from your books. I would therefore be very happy,
if you can sent me two handsigned autographed photos from you.
Can you personalize one of them? Thank you very much.
I would be very pleased if you could fulfill my wish.Many thanks in advance for your kindness. I wish you all the best for the future.

Phyllis replied:

I see that your address is Germany, and I’m happy to be sending you the signed photos.

Posted on: January 24, 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

What other books have you written?

 

I am visually impaired, so I can’t see the greatest. I will be going to the Department for the Blind after this year. I read braille and use a cane to help me get around. I enjoy helping people and babysitting little kids. I like to also do hands-on things. I can see good enough to ride a bike, and so I love doing that as well. I have a lot of fun ice-skating and rollerblading and skating as well. I play goal ball and I swim on the swim team. I have ran in track when I was younger. Also, I won a medal when I was little for the most beautiful baby. I got first place. I’ve been in the newspaper several times for different things. I’ve been in it for Pros, which is a youth group I’m in. I’ve been in the newspaper for school, also. I’ve had 3 surgeries as well; one when I was one and a half, and two when I was seven and a half. I have had a lovely life.

I like your Alice book series. I love mystery books. Do you have any other books that I might be interested in that you have written? I enjoy your wording and your characters in your books. Although, I have never read your Shiloh books. I am interested in your books and your mystery books. I like a lot of books.

You’re a talented author, and I like you. I like that you changed all the characters in all your stories. I like that you have different characters, and they had different meanings in your stories. I think that you’re an inspiring author, and I look up to you. I think that you should make a lot more books and have a lot more series, as well.

I think that you have obviously gone on a lot of trips by the sound of the Alice books. I enjoy reading them. I would like to read more about your adventures that you have gone or are going to. I would even like to hear about what you imagine, even if you don’t go to these places.

Phyllis replied:

I’m glad to hear that you’re enjoying my books.  I know that many of them are also in Braille.  Since I’ve now written 145 books, I think the best thing is for you to go to my website, www.phyllisnaylor.com, and see all the different books you  might like.  The Shiloh Quartet is about a dog, the Cat Pack books, beginning with the Grand Escape, are about two housecats, then there are the Bernie Magruder mystery books, and the boy/girl battle books–which I think you would enjoy, even though the characters are younger–The Boys Start the  War, and The Girls Get Even…on and on, to make an even dozen.  For single books, try Sang Spell, Jade Green, Blizzard’s Wake and Send No Blessings, and Cricket Man.   You obviously are involved in a lot of activities, and I’m delighted to know that reading is one of them.

 

Posted on: December 23, 2016

 

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