” Why did you choose Alice’s mom to be dead?and because of cancer??”
Phyllis replied:
I’m not sure why the idea came to me in that way.  I wanted to write about a girl looking for a role model, and if her mother was alive, then I would have to go into the relationship she had with her mother, and that wouldn’t be exactly what I wanted to do.  Also, I found I could get a lot of humor out of having Alice bring all of her questions about life and love to her dad and older brother.  It seemed to work.  I’m not sure why I chose cancer, but I didn’t want it to be a sudden death, so cancer seemed the best choice.
Posted on: May 1, 2009


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