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Snazzy new site!

Comment:

Love the website redesign, it’t really sharp!

Phyllis replied:

I love it too.  And I can answer emails without having to go through a third party to post them.

Posted on: November 3, 2016

The Fear Place

Comment:

The Fear Place is one of the best books for older children I’ve read about coping with fear. While telling a good story filled with suspense, you illustrate how to cope so well: You show how to maintain perspective in the face of fear, and how keeping the mind busy and focusing on the here and now prevents fear from creating more fear. How did you came up with the idea for this book?  I’d be interested in whatever story lies behind it.

Phyllis replied:

Yes indeed, there’s a story behind it.  I’ve always been afraid of heights, but tried hard not to pass this fear along to our two sons.  When they were in their twenties, we went to the Rockies for a hiking vacation with friends, and I was terrified when Jeff and Mike announced that they, and some others, were getting up at three the next morning to climb Longs Peak.  I knew that the only way I could get through the day was to start writing a new book.  And, of course, it was about two boys in the Rocky Mountains.  Somehow it was easier worrying about four boys, not two.

Posted on: October 28, 2016

Love the “Boys Versus Girls” books even more…!

Comment:

I love the Alice series but think I love the “Boys Versus Girls” books even more.  Can’t you write more of these books, and more Alice books too?  I love them so much.

Phyllis replied:

Oh, if only I had two heads and four hands and there were 500 days to each year!  I know, I had a wonderful time writing those books, beginning with “The Boys Start the War” and “The Girls  Get Even.”  And writing the Caroline scenes–and possibly the Peter scenes– were the most fun of all.  She is such a drama queen, and he’s so gullible.   If you like odd characters, though, and some humor in your adventure, I think you really would like my “Cat Pack” books, beginning with “The Grand Escape.”   Try the first one in the quartet and see.

 

Posted on: October 19, 2016

Do you Skype with students?

Do you Skype with local students? Thank you.

Phyllis replied:

I really wish I had time for that, but I don’t.  I’m sorry.

Posted on: October 1, 2016

The witch herself

Comment:

Dear Phyllis, I’m so grateful to your skills and hard work. I’m a Danish woman and Got to know your books when I started the witch herself in 4 grade. Oh how I loved them. I loved your illustration and could easily imagine the setting and the to girls frustration about never being trusted in the question about mrs Tuggle. I know it’s a children story and I know it’s from Way back. I just seems to remember already at the time when I Real them the first time, I could easily see an adapted screenplay. Could you ever consider to let filmmakers with respect for your illustrations and storytelling put it on the Big screen?

Phyllis replied:

Oh, I would love that too.  But several people have inquired about the possibility of making movies of those six books, and the problem is, as I understand it, that the rights to the first book, Witch’s Sister, have changed hands many times, and negotiations with the current owner fell through.  I don’t know what the status of those rights is today, but we could not go ahead with movies of the other five books, because we would be using the same setting, the same characters, as the first book.  But it’s wonderful to know that readers are still loving those six books:  Witch’s Sister, Witch Water, The Witch Herself, The Witch’s Eye, Witch Weed, and The Witch Returns.  I love scary things, and just writing those books scared me half to death.

Posted on: October 1, 2016

Movie of The Boys Start the War

Comment:

Has a movie of The Boys Start the War been made? I really enjoyed the book and thought the movie would be fun to watch.

Phyllis replied:

No, it hasn’t.  I wish those twelve books were movies, too–perhaps a TV series.  So much happens, and it would be a lot of fun.  But I’m not the one who decides these things.  Maybe someday….  I’m so glad you enjoy it.  If you didn’t realize there were more books in the series, check my website.

Posted on: August 27, 2016

 

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