Monthly Archives: March 2010

Lester and my Brother Could be Twins

Question:
I just went to the alicemckinley.wordpress.com website& it was rather interesting some of those weird questiong people ask.
I just turned 14 two days ago, & i have to say i absolutely LOVE your alice books. I’ve been reading them since i was 10! they are the greatest books&i just wanted to let you know that,&that of course this isnt one of those freakish uncomfortable questions. hahha but anyway alice is my role model, and i thought that was absolutely amazing, because there you are, creating a character that hundreds of girls want to be like. Alice has been my role model since i was 10,&yet, she still is! Her group of friends&mine are EXACTLY the same. I’ve re-read so many of the Alice books and they never get tiring. Lester cracks me up hes hysterical. I also have an older brother (17), and they could seriously be twins. my brother makes me laugh often, but like alice, sometimes i have to yell  at him for saying something stupid or annoying. I really love your books, and i hope you can e-mail me back, and keep writing!
Bravo!
Phyllis replied:
Lester’s one of my favorite characters too.  I’m always happy when I decide to put him in a scene.  Thanks for writing to me.

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Thank You for Writing the Alice Series

Question:
I just wanted to thank you for writing the Alice series. The books are so true-to-life and easy to relate to. There are vey few books written well enough to make me feel the way the characters are feeling to the point that I cry, but Intensely Alice did just that. I very much appreciate the series and the help it is giving me on how to deal with certain situations at school and at home. Thanks so much!
 
Phyllis replied:
 
Sometimes I cry when I write a particular scene.   I’m glad the books have some meaning and help in your life.

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Couldn’t Stop Reading the Alice Books

Question:

I just want you to know that i really love your Alice books.  My friend started reading “Alice in Lace” one day, and i thought that it looked like a good book.  So i asked her if i could read it after her, and I did.  After I started reading that book, i couldn’t stop reading Alice books.  I’ve been reading one everyday, and I have read almost all of them now.  I also got 2 of my friends hooked on them too. The three of us named everyone in our class according to the Alice characters, and we try to act like our characters everyday.  We always watch “Alice Upside Down” at sleepovers.  I can’t wait to read the new Alice books that are coming out soon.  Thank you for being such a wonderful author.

 

Phyllis replied:
It’s wonderful to know that one book led you to read many more.  But be careful about naming people in your class after book characters; not even professional actors like to be typecast. I loved hearing that you introduced Alice to your friends.

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Very Much Appreciate the Series

Question:
I just wanted to thank you for writing the Alice series. The books are so true-to-life and easy to relate to. There are vey few books written well enough to make me feel the way the characters are feeling to the point that I cry, but Intensely Alice did just that. I very much appreciate the series and the help it is giving me on how to deal with certain situations at school and at home. Thanks so much!
 
Phyllis replied:
 
And I very much appreciate your taking the time to tell me how much you like the Alice books.  That makes it all worthwhile.

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My First Dog

Question:

Hi. I’m really scared. My dog is 10, and she’s getting really slow. She wimpers when she comes up and down the stairs, she looks kinda miserable, and we have to bring the food for her to her bed. ‘m nervous. But, she does still eat, drink, go to the bathroom and lick me, but I don’t want her to die. She’s a miniature Dachshund, so she might have a back problem. She did break her leg when she was 2……..But she’s my first dog and I’ll be heart broken if something bad happens to her. Any advice? Did this ever happen to you?? :(:(:( All she does is sleep

Phyllis replied:

I’m not a doctor or nurse or psychiatrist or veterinarian, so I can’t tell you what’s wrong with your pet.  But I know how scary and sad it is when a pet gets old or sick.  You don’t want it to die but you don’t want it to suffer either.  You obviously love your dog, so you need to call your vet and describe what’s happening.  We were away on a trip once when a neighbor, who was caring for our cat, called us long distance to say that our cat seemed to be in pain, and had been taken to the vet.  We called him immediately, and were told our beloved cat was probably not going to make it, and it would be cruel to keep him alive until we got back, just so we could say goodbye.  So we had him put to sleep.  The thing about loving someone or a pet is that it’s so painful to lose him.  But it’s better to have the experience of love than not having it at all.

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Movie?

 

Question:

Would there be a second Alice movie? I saw the first one and to tell the truth I didn’t like it. The book was better.

Phyllis replied:

 

 

I have no idea.  That would be entirely up to the producers.   It’s all I can do to write the books.

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I Have to Make a Book

 

Question:

I have to do a job for the school where I have to make a book.
 I had made the Alice number 9.
You could give me some tips please?

Phyllis replied:

Hey, it’s your assignment, not mine. 

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