WONDERFUL NEWS FROM PHYLLIS!

I’m happy to announce that Simon and Schuster is going to put all 28 books of the Alice series in a collection, so that you may purchase all the books at once, if you like. It has been difficult to decide on the best way to do this, since 28 books, even in paperback, are a lot to carry. The plan is to make 3 boxed sets–the first containing the 5 books of Alice in grade school; the next 10 books of Alice in middle school; and the third, the 13 books of high school and beyond. We haven’t decided just how they will look yet. But all will go on sale at the same time, and the third set will include an index, listing all your favorite scenes.  We anticipate that the collection will be ready by the summer of 2016. Enjoy!

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More Alice Books

Question:

Why don’t you keep writing more Alice books? They are so good and maybe we you should write more books of Alice to see what her future is like and how its going to end up. I hope you can take this consideration!

Phyllis replied:

I’d like readers to imagine their own end for Alice’s future and that of her children.  I’ve given you a bit of a blueprint about what her children are like, and also the new career Alice takes up on the very last page of the last book, so you could probably write the next book yourselves!

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Alice as an Older Sister

Question:

Hi, I am a HUGE fan of your Alice books! I have read these books over and over again and I am on the very last one, Now I’ll Tell You Everything, and I love it! I think of Alice as an older sister, helping me through years to come through her experiences. I was really sad when it said on the cover that it was the final Alice book. I do have one question though; I haven’t finished the book yet but I assume her children grow up and I was wondering if you were going to write a sequel series about Alice’s children’s children growing up. Yet again I still haven’t finished the book (I honestly can’t put it down). You are quite an inspiration to me, I hope to become an author one day. If you do decide to write another book, could it be a cross between the Alice series and the TV show Gilmore Girls? If it’s too much to ask for I apologize. Thank you! Much love for Alice!❤️

Phyllis replied:

Well, I’m happy you put it down long enough to write to me!  I’m so glad that you are liking the last book so much, and that the series has meant so much to you.  I don’t plan to write any more Alice books, and if I did, I wouldn’t try to make them like anything else.  Because as soon as you dilute the original idea, tinker with the original characters, a story loses it’s uniqueness.  And I want Alice to stay that special friend to you.

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No Book Put Me Through So Many Emotions

Question:

I just finished reading your last book of the Alice series – I think no book ever put me through so many emotions and tears while reading it as this one! I’m 24 years old now and I started reading the Alice series when I was about 10 – so I guess I could say her and my life ran in parallel for some time (I’m from Germany and the series was published a few years later than in the US) ;)  I know you hear it a lot, but I found myself so often in Alice and a lot of her life situations. Especially when growing up, hitting puberty, it felt as if I read about myself – which sometimes really helped me. There have always been periods in my life where I felt “in-between” and doubted about taking the right decisions, but now as I finished reading Alice’s story, I know that this feeling was and is more than okay and life has its way of figuring itself out.

I don’t think I’ve ever bonded so much with a character of a book and therefore also indirectly with you, the author. The funny part is, that when I was 20 I decided to go to the US for a while to live and work as an Au pair – and guess where it took me? A family in Bethesda, who also just moved there from Takoma Park. Right when I saw their request and the place where they lived, I knew it was a sign! While living there I explored the whole area including Silver Spring, and even though I know Alice is a fictional character, I felt very close to her. :) I guess everyone has and needs her inner Alice, no matter which country she’s from and which language she speaks. I’m already looking forward to the day I can give the books to my daughter , should I ever have one- if not, I’ll keep them anyway and read them again and again!

Thank you Phyllis for creating such a real and lovely series :) You and Alice have been a big part of my life and always will be!

Phyllis replied:

How wonderful that you were able to come to the U.S. and explore the same haunts as Alice!  I love the idea of everyone being able to  have an “inner Alice.”  I know that not all countries publish the Alice books, and that some countries print only the first ten or so, but it seems as though you have been able to find the whole series.  I’m delighted that the books meant so much to you, and appreciate your writing to tell me so!

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A Box Set of the Alice Books?

Question:

I was wondering if there was a website that you could order all of the Alice Mckinley books at once, like in a box set?

Phyllis replied:

I so wish that were possible. Many people have written me about it, but so far the publisher hasn’t seen a way to do that profitably. I’ve suggested that they divide the first 27 books into threes, and publish 9 large 3-book sets, to go with the final large paperback, “Now I’ll Tell You Everything.” Alice’s senior year is already divided into books of 3’s, each one coming out with a different title. I think the problem is how to market them; how would this set appeal to a younger grade school girl, and would college girls want to buy all the books about a younger Alice?  For whom would the covers be designed to appeal? There are so many things to consider, but I’ll send your email to the editor just so your request will be heard. Thanks so much for writing. Phyllis

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Will Cherish these books Forever!

Question:

Hi, I just finished reading the last book of the Alice series and am literally crying. I have started reading this series since the third grade and just want to thank you so so much. Your books have helped me in more ways than I can say. I don’t even know how I’m going to move forward from right now; I feel like my life is over now since I have finished the series. This series has really been such a light in my life through the years, it has really taught me sooo many things and helped me grow through these years. I feel that I have gone through the same things that Alice did which has been really shocking to me but this series has helped me so much in continuing my life and love the Alice books even more. Thank you thank you so much for writing this series. Words can’t even justify how much love I have for these Alice books and for you for writing them. I will always cherish the Alice books forever. Thank you! <3

Phyllis replied:

Well, I’m happy that your post-Alice life is just beginning, it’s not over. That was one of the ways I wanted readers to feel when they finished the last book–that just as Alice is starting something new, readers will feel that they have a fascinating life ahead of them, and I very much wish the same for you.  Thanks so much for taking time to write to me.

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How Long to Write a Book?

Question:

Hi there! I an a fan of the Alice books. I read many of them and every time I go to the library, the books I look for first are the Alice books. My name is Annie and I am currently in year 4. We have book boxes and mine are sometimes full of Alice books that it is so heavy to carry! I am just wondering: how long does it take for you to write one book? If you can answer my question, it will be great. Bye!

Phyllis replied:

It usually took me about six months to write an Alice book.  I already knew the characters and the setting, so that was a big help.  Other books take six months to a year–sometimes several years, depending how long they are and how complicated the plot or the amount of research I need to do first.

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