Monthly Archives: May 2010

My Whole Alice Collection

Question:

I remember emailing you a bunch when I was in 6th grade and first got the internet, and if you can believe it, I have just graduated college! I started becoming a “friend of Alice” when I was in 4th grade. I am and always have been an avid reader (although I now have a BFA in ACTING….we’ll see how far that gets me, ha ha), and the Alice books have always been my favorites growing up. In fact, I wanted to email you because I have just moved home temporarily after four years of being away, and my mom has kept my old bedroom pretty much preserved. I walked over to my bookshelf and there was my whole Alice collection and I felt such comfort and nostalgia by seeing them there. Not to sound cliche, but growing up I felt like Alice was definitely a friend, an escape, a confidant, and a source of guidance. If I ever have a daughter I will be sure to pass my collection along…until then, though, I will keep them very close to my heart (and eyes…I do still read them, too, and keep up with the newer ones). Best wishes, and thank you.

Phyllis replied:

 

I absolutely love hearing from readers in college and beyond who still come back to the Alice series.  There are so many new Alice books out since you left home, and it must be interesting to you to see how you’ve both changed!  Thanks so much for writing to me.  And best of luck in your career.  You will especially love the Alice book coming out in 2011, Incredibly Alice.

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How to Get Over Him?

Question:
hi well i have written to you about my boy problems before i dont know if you remember me because im pretty sure so many girls write to you. i love that i can always write to you for advice about boys or problems without feeling dumb. i dont really like talking to people about it. well here it goes okk well before i wrote to you of this boy who we would be off an on well i got over him finally (: all thanks to this boy who i always had a class with just never really started talking to. we ended up going out but soon broke up after 3 weeks his reason being that he just wants to be friends because he’s leaving to college. i was ok with it but he makes it harder to get over him by still flirting with me and trying to hold my hand and even kissing me. i feel that even if we’re not together but still act like a couple is the samething either way it’s going to be hard to get over each other. i dont know what to do is really hard to avoid him because i like him so much i dont know if im really asking anything in this but i guess i just needed someone to tell this to so i can get my feelings out.  well thank you and i cant wait for your next book 🙂
 
Phyllis replied:
 
Well, that’s sort of unfair, isn’t it?  Like dangling a piece of chocolate in front of your face and letting you have just a lick now and then.  Obivously, this guy likes you too and enjoys flirting with you, but is realistic enough to know that he’s going to be making a whole new set of friends in college and that you are going to need to make new friends back home.  It’s also possible that you like him more than he likes you, but meantime he’s OK with having a girl eating her heart out for him.  Don’t let  him ruin your summer.  Either you’re still romantically linked and can show it, even though he’s off to college in the fall, or you’re just friends, doing friend-stuff together, and he can drop the flirting.  If I were you I would work very hard to find something to do this summer to fill in the gap.  Letting him know that you’re not just sitting around waiting for him might also make you a bit more attractive to him.  At least you will be more attractive to yourself.

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We Were Caught

Question:

I was caught by the principal about a month ago kissing my boyfriend on the football field and we got a PDA slip. Turns out, when you get in trouble at my school, they look up your facebook account and see if there are any strings attached and stuff like that. From the night before, I had some pretty controversial things written on my boyfriends wall (not dirty things, but curse words) and they asked if my mother knew, and of course she didn’t. Upon getting home that afternoon, my mom flipped out saying the school called and told her about all of it and went to my boyfriend’s house and told his father I was no longer to be with his son and that he stole my innocence, etc. I was heartbroken. Frank (boyfriend’s name) and I decided to continue our relationship in a private manner. However, I go to a small school where teachers know EVERYTHING and there is definitely a danger of one of them informing my mom of the relationship. I love Frank, and I once informed my mother of this, and I have for about 3 months now. (we’ve been dating for almost 6) I don’t know what to do though. Please help. I appreciate you at least reading this. Thanks. 🙂

Phyllis replied:

 

That’s the thing about trust; someone may forgive you, but may not continue to trust you.   And your question seems to be not, “How can I get my mom to trust me again?” but “How can I keep on seeing Frank?”  I obviously don’t know the whole story, and if Frank is a great guy and you are a great girl, and all you were doing is kissing, I’d suggest that your mom and your principal chill out and quit making such a big deal of it.  But obviously there’s more to the story than that, Facebook included.  If you want my advice on how to sneak around with Frank without anybody finding out, I’m sure you’ve already thought of ways of doing that.  If what you truly want, however, is your mom’s approval, then you have some hard work ahead of you.  You need first of all to have a long heart-to-heart talk with her…about you, about Frank, about your goals, your plans, what the stuff on Facebook was all about, and whether you can have Frank over to your house just to watch DVDs or help with a project or fix dinner for the two of you and your mom….  In other words, if he’s a great guy, find ways for her to meet him and interact with him.  Give her a chance to change her mind.

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A New Alice Book?

Question:
omg i cant believe I’m writing you a letter .i love Alice so much i own every book by you i even wrote a letterr for a contest about you re amazing writing skills .the main point of me writing to you is to ask if you are going to write another Alice book i really appreciate it.
Phyllis replied:
 
Look for “Alice in Charge” on June 15 at your bookstore.  Coming next year:  “Incredibly Alice.”

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I’ve Grown Up With Alice

Question

I just wanted to let you know how much laughter you’ve brought to my life. I started reading the Alice series when it came out and I was on grade 6 or so. I am now 28 and can’t wait for the next Alice book. I feel like I’ve grown up with her.

Phyllis replied:

 

That is so wonderful to hear.  Or maybe Alice has grown up with you, a little more slowly.  For those of you who collect the Alice books, I should tell you that the publisher has just put out a “bind-up” edition of the three books of Alice as a freshman in high school–Alice Alone, Simply Alice, and Patiently Alice.  These are in a large 630 page paperback, with a great cover, and the title is “I Like Him, He Likes Her.”  It should be in the bookstores now.  Go to Amazon.com to see the book jacket.  They are now working on the bind-up of the three books of Alice in her sophomore year, then her junior year.  Stay tuned!

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An Excerpt from “Alice in Charge”?

Question:

Hello! I was just wondering if you’re going to post an excerpt from Alice in Charge before the book comes out in June.

(I’ve been reading the Alice books since fifth grade and now I’m a junior in college–Keep up the good work!)

Phyllis replied:

 

My editor is even busier than I am, but I’ve emailed her again about this and forwarded your email to her as well.  We’ll see what happens.

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Where Will You Be Speaking?

Question

I recently moved to Washington, D.C. where my fiance will be
completing grad school, and being that a new Alice book is due to come
out soon, I wondered if you will be making any public appearances (and
by this I mean for a book talk or book signing, not simply to the
grocery store!) anytime soon. Since I’ve been an avid Alice fan for
the past ten years, it would be wonderful to finally see you in
person! 🙂 I know that your web site states that all appearances will
be posted there, but I also noticed that the Note from Phyllis had not
been updated for some time, so thought it might be best to contact you
personally.

Phyllis replied:

 

I know, things have been very hectic here recently and I’ve not kept up with posting where I’ll be speaking.  I’ll be in Tulsa in August, but the next local talk will be at our church on Sunday, June 27th at 10.  During the summer, lay people take over the services, and can talk about whatever they like.  I agreed to give a short talk on how I “change skins” with my characters when I write a book, and I think a soloist will sing “I’ve Got You Under my Skin.”  Junior high kids are supposed to dress up as favorite characters from my books and be the ushers.  As you can tell, our summer services are very lightweight.  This program will be at 10 AM, June 27th, at Cedar Lane Unitarian/Universalist Church, at  9601 Cedar Lane in Bethesda, Maryland.

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