Daily Archives: June 10, 2010

Your Favorite Alice Book

Question:

  I have been reading Alice books since 5th grade and i am now a freshmen in high school. I’m sure you get at least 100 emails a day form Alice fans I hope you can find the time to answer mine. I was wondering, what is your favorite Alice book, and what other books would you recommend from other authors that are like Alice books?

Phyllis replied:

 

It’s next to impossible for me to name my favorite Alice book, because I’m writing about a whole life, and the books all run together.  I like Alice In-Between, and Alice in April, Alice Alone and Intensely Alice….  I’ll have to leave it to other readers to suggest series that are similar to the Alice books.  It’s all I can do to keep writing my own, but I’m sure there are other good series out there.  Whether they are very similar to Alice, I don’t know. 

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Awesome

Question:
Hi! I can’t wait until Alice in Charge comes out! I’ve read all the Alice books except for The Agony of Alice which I’m reading now. How old will Alice be in Alice in Charge? I heard that in the last Alice book Alice dies. Is that true? I understand if you can’t answer that since the books not out yet. Thank you! Your doing an awesome job!
Phyllis replied:
 
No.  Alice does NOT die in the last book.

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Alice Series

Question:
I have just started your Alice series and I have to say that I very much enjoy it. I read the first book in one sitting. I realize that I have a lot of catching up to do. I’ve read that there will be 25 books in total of this series and I couldn’t help but wonder if it was planned that way or if you just loved Alice and wanted to continue to write about her. If it was premeditated, what was your process? And if not, when and how did you decide to write the other books?

Phyllis replied:

I’m glad to know you enjoy the books.  Actually, there will be 28 books in the series, counting the three prequels.  When I wrote the first Alice book, “The Agony of Alice,” I didn’t think of it as a series.  I simply wanted to write about a motherless girl in search of a role model.  But I got so many letters from readers asking for more, and reviewers said things like, “Alice’s many fans will await her further adventures,” that I decided to make a series of it as long as Alice could grow a little older in each book.  I didn’t want to be stuck in a sit-com,  with the same people staying the same ages forever.  So I began the series, and decided to write about three books for every year of Alice’s life, which means that she ages three times as slowly as real people.  Confusing to some readers is that I try to use the calendar of whatever year the book will appear in.  Some people try to figure out where Christmas came in one book, and where New Year’s comes in the next one, but since it takes three years of Alice’s life to equal one of the reader’s, this can get awfully mixed up.  I prefer readers just to enjoy the books and let me do the heavy lifting.  Thanks so much for writing.

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Prom Question

Question:

I had a hypothetical question. 
Is it considered taboo to ask a sophomore to prom? 
 
Phyllis replied:

 

Why should it be taboo?  If it’s a senior prom, the senior can ask whomever he/she wants.   (A senior invited me when I was a sophomore).  If it’s a junior/senior prom, both juniors and seniors can do the asking.  If it’s a senior girl asking a sophomore guy, why not, as long as he can conduct himself  more like a senior than a sophomore.

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Shut Him Out of my Life for Good?

Question:
Hey, i can't wait to read your new book. But i am confused about when it's 
coming out. Anyways, if you wouldn't mind, i was hoping to get some advice. I 
have this friend who is very dear to me and i care about him a lot. The thing 
is, is he used to be my boyfriend but that ended because of distance and time. 
He moved to kentucky with his dad (since they're divorced) and now i don't ever 
see him. We still text and talk on facebook and we're close but not as close as 
he and i would like to be. Now that summer is here we can talk even more and 
pick up where we left off. He and i miss each other very much and it's hard to 
talk with him without thinking about all the good times. He's as sweet as they 
come, compliments and all. We are each others support systems. He and i send 
modest pictures of each other and that makes me miss him more. I don't know 
whether we should space us out or continue our special friendship. It would be 
very hard to shut him out of my life for good.Share your wisdom


Phyllis replied:
Why shut him out of your life for good?  The only reason I 
can think of to tune this friendship down a notch is if
it is making the two of you too exclusive--keeping you from
seeing other people.  The reality is that you now live far 
apart.  But you were also close to each other emotionally.  
Continue the friendship with the understanding that you can 
date other people. When you're older and independent, if you 
still feel close, distances won't be such a barrier.  

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A Little Chubby

Question:

Hey! well, I need some advice. I’m not fat, but I think I’m a little chubby. None of my friends or family say I am, but they’re probably just being nice. I’m going on 98 lbs and I’m going into 7th grade next year. Maybe I’m more, I got weighed in Feb. Well, can you give me some good tips to eating right and excercising?

 What are some good foods to eat to loose some weight?
What are some good excersize tips?
I want to get in shape and feel healthy, but loose weight.
Phyllis replied:
 
Weighing 98 pounds and going into seventh grade doesn’t tell me anything.  It all depends on how tall you are.  But you are wise to think about eating healthy foods, because not only will healthy eating keep you in the right weight range, but it will help keep your skin and hair looking good too.  Eat all the vegetables and fruits that you can.  Summer is a good time for weight-watchers because a handful of cherries or a bunch of grapes are always a treat.  Bananas are good and filling, whatever the season.  String cheese and a couple of crackers also makes a nice snack.  What you want to avoid are fast foods–not entirely–but most of the time: cheeseburgers, fries, fried chicken, doughnuts, soft drinks…  Eat only when  you’re hungry, or as one model said, “I only eat when I know I have a stomach.”  That’s a good rule for anyone, but don’t give up breakfast!  Try to add twenty minutes of walking, biking, jogging, swimming….any movement at all to whatever you’re already doing daily now.  That will help.

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A Coincidence?

Question:

Did you plan the health assignments in Alice in Lace to correspond with  Alice in high school?  **For example in Alice in Lace, Brian got the assignment of getting a DUI and in high school he actually got DUI  in Dangerously Alice.  Same thing with Pamela.  But will the same thing happen with Alice?

Phyllis replied:

 

You readers are really sharp!  It’s fascinating, but you know, I never realized that–that the school assignments became reality later on.  No, it was all in my subconcious, and whether Alice’s assignment becomes reality will be revealed in the final book.

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