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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

Movie??

Comment:

 

Hi! We just finished reading ALL 12 of your Boys V. Girls books and we are so sad to be done!!!! We are wondering if and when a movie of this series has been made???? We would loooove it!! We want to tell you how fun this series has been for all of us, including our teacher Mrs. Greenberg:) Thank you!!

 

 

Phyllis replied:

 

Oh,  I wish a movie could be made of those books too.  I think they would make a nice children’s movie series.  But I’m not the one who decides these things.  I know that a lot of 4th and 5th grade teachers are reading them aloud to their classes, just as a fun thing to do.   I had a great time writing those books, especially when it came to writing about Caroline, Wally, and Peter.

Posted on: May 12, 2017

Crazy Love

Comment:

 

I just finished crazy love…I went through the same thing with my 1st husband. I am now happily remarried but my son from my first marriage is struggling like his father. I know all the ins and outs of this territory and I try to be resolute about the reality of the situation
My question is this…what finally happened to Ted? I feel like I want to prepare myself for the ending of things for these loved ones in my life. A personal question that I understand you may not want to answer..But it was like a light to know you had a similar experience.
 

Phyllis replied:

I’m so sorry.  One reason I wrote “Crazy Love” was to let others know that I’ve been through a similar situation.  As many readers know, my first husband became paranoid schizophrenic five years after we married (when I was 18), and this book, written for adults, tells the story of the beginning of his illness, and how it progressed.  After his parents took him out west and had him committed and I had married again, I heard from a psychiatrist who had read my book, wondering what had happened to “Ted,” and I told him the last address I’d had, which I traced to a men’s shelter.  I was so upset, trying to imagine him living in a shelter, but the psychiatrist said, “That’s in my city, and it’s a wonderful place for veterans who are having trouble adjusting to society.  They live two to a room, have home-cooked meals, and are taken care of very well.”  And he volunteered to visit the home occasionally to check up on Ted.

I was so grateful.  I found out that Ted had a part time job and a car, but that he kept to himself and did not socialize much.  I don’t know what the job was.  Ted loved books and records of classical music, and the psychiatrist told me there was a used-book and record store next door to this shelter.  So I made a sizeable donation to that store so that any resident of the shelter could get books and records for himself.  But the psychiatrist later told me that there was no record of Ted ever going there.  One day the psychiatrist called me to say that Ted was dying of throat cancer.  (He never smoked). It was one of the saddest days of my life.  He was buried in a veteran’s cemetery.  I wondered if I should have gone to see him, but decided it would not be a good idea, and the psychiatrist had agreed.  Ted’s story need not be your husband’s fate nor your son’s.  None of us know what will happen to us, but I want you to know how well I understand your pain.  I wish you strength and courage and time also for yourself and things that make you happy.  I appreciate your letter.

 

 

Posted on: April 28, 2017

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

 

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