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Could I have two photos?


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?


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,, 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

to walk the sky path


I am reading “sky path”: I am wondering how you came to possess such sympathy for the seminole experience: did you study this culture? Did you visit the everglades and experience firsthand? A very enjoyable read. Thank you!

Phyllis replied:

As I wrote that book some time ago, it’s hard to remember all that prompted it, but I remember reading that the Seminoles remained the unconquered American Indian tribe by retreating farther into the Everglades, and so we let them be, as we should have.  Yes, I did go to the Everglades and do some research, but mostly I was captivated by a long article in the National Geographic about modern  life in the Seminoles, and I had an expert read my manuscript and make a few corrections.  How true that book is to current conditions among the Seminoles, I really don’t know.

Posted on: December 13, 2016

Crazy Love


I am your fellow writer and long time fan. I recently dug up and re-read Crazy Love and wanted to let you know I found it as powerful and moving as I did the first time I read it many years ago. With more years under my own belt, I can appreciate even more the sensitivity and self-awareness you brought to that book. I especially appreciated the part where you wrote your in-laws detailed letters including your analysis of the origins of Ted’s problems, expecting to receive heartfelt apologies. Been there! Done that! Wow, it takes a lifetime to figure out how people actually behave, doesn’t it?

I also found it interesting how you suffered a certain PTSD after the experience, how honest you were in pointing out that just because you’d finally extricated yourself from the situation didn’t mean your own brain hadn’t been affected. I’m currently in a similar situation, and it’s reassuring to be reminded that eventually healing will occur.

The other book of yours that I will never forget may have been called A String of Chances? Where the baby dies of crib death, making the protagonist question everything she’s been told about religion? One of the most memorable of all the many young adult books I encountered as I was writing my own.

One thing that amazes me is how a book, within its pages, remains fresh to the reader as they experience it for the first time or again after the passage of time. You’ve been so prolific, Phyllis, I’m sure this must bring you great satisfaction.

I’m so glad you found a good husband and went on to have such a brilliant career after all you went through in your early marriage. Couldn’t have happened to a more deserving person!

Phyllis replied:

What a lovely letter, and thank you so much.  I’m terribly sorry to hear that you are going through a similar experience.  Some of those events send chills through me even now.  Yes, “A String of Chances” was just as you remembered.  I had read a newspaper article about a non-religious young couple who had made their home in a small mountain community, and lost their precious baby to crib death.  It affected me so that I felt I had to “live it” with them, and much of what I put in the book about the baby’s burial was the way it really happened.  And somehow that memorial service they held for it so offended a parent that he petitioned the school board to remove the book from the library. They refused, so he signed the book out and never returned it.  Of course, I sent them another copy.  Best of luck to you in your current situation.  My guess is that somehow you will find it useful in your writing, painful as that may be, but also rewarding in the emotional release.

Posted on: December 1, 2016



Have you been to Rome or York, England before? I’m doing a report on Shadows on the Wall and do you have any connections between yourself and the book?
Thanks!! 🙂

Phyllis replied:

Yes, I’ve been to both.  Absolutely loved York–the wall, Micklegate Bar, even a caravan of gypsies  (travelers) in the countryside, using the bushes to spread their wet laundry.  Both places were captivating.


Posted on: November 14, 2016

Snazzy new site!


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


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…!


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


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