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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

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

 

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