Your Questions Answered

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

Going Where It’s Dark questions


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


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


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


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