Daily Archives: February 24, 2010

The Very Last Alice Book

Question:

I was just wondering about the end of the last Alice book. You say that it will show Alice at 18, and then 60. When Alice is 60, will it be just one chapter, or the second half of the book, or one little page?

Phyllis replied:

 

The book will be whole chapters of Alice at different ages.  But each chapter skips five years or so, the first chapter when she’s 18, the last chapter when she’s 60.  We’re talking about the very last book in the series, which is already written and in a fireproof box here in my office, waiting to go to the publisher in 2012, to be published in 2013.

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Loved Jade Green!

Question:
I just read Jade Green, and I absolutely loved it! At first it kinda scared me, but then I really got into it! The whole time I kinda suspected the ——- but at the same time I didn’t. When she first saw the —– I totally freaked. Butn then instea of freaking me out, I started feeling sorry for it. Oh and I love Zeke by the way. I know I’m supposed to write about Alice but I just really wanted to share my excitement. Maybe I like Jade Green even more then the Alice books…………I loved the ending. There’s so much more I could say, but my mom’s yelling at me and I will end up saying to much. You should write more books like that! I hope you do.
Phyllis replied:
It was a scary book to write, but I loved doing it!

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I Want to Grow Up, but Not Yet

 

Question:

I’m seventeen years old and sometimes worry about growing up. There was some crazy stuff that went on at home and my father hurt me and my family in a lot of ways, and I feel like being an adult will keep me from being worth loving and protecting. Am I still a child? Am I still growing up? I do want to grow up, but not yet.

Phyllis replied:

 

This is so interesting, because Alice feels the same way in the book I’m writing now.  There’s a certain amount of mourning that goes on when we leave one stage of life and go into another, no matter how much we’ve looked forward to it.   You are both a child and an adult.  I remember a minister saying to a couple he was marrying, “Remember that in every man, there is a little boy, and in every woman, a little girl.”   There will always be things you miss, but new opportunities and privileges as well.  Don’t be afraid to be loved as a woman.  You don’t have to stay a child to be loved and cherished.

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Tips for Becoming an Actress

Question:

I just read “Almost Alice”. I was so scared when ______ got Pregnant! But, I was happy with the results. Wooh! I was wondering, if you could give me some advice. I know your a writer, but I want to be an actress. Could you give me some tips? And I love to write short stories, I have 2 books full of them. No one has really inspired me to follow my dreams but you! So thanks!  And the Alice books make me So happy when I read them, all my fears and worries vanish. Thanks for making me smile.

Phyllis replied:

 

You should really talk with an actress, not me, but I would think that paying close attention to the way people express themselves when they are emotional would help.  Empathy–identifying with other people–will also help.  When you are angry, when you are sad, when you are embarrassed, try to remember when it’s happening where you feel the physical effects.  Does your mouth turn down?  Do you feel a tightening in your throat?  The more experience you have of life, and the more observant you are of your own feelings and those of other people, the better actress or writer you will be.

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