Monthly Archives: September 2012

Always Alice

Question:

Hi! I love your Alice books, they’re really funny and heart-warming. I have some questions. One is: did “Always Alice” come out? Another is: What age is suitable to read “Always Alice”? The last one is: Can you make another movie on any of the Alice books? Hope you reply, and thanks for writing all those entertaining Alice books for us to read!
      

Phyllis replied:

Always Alice, the very last book in the Alice series, will be published in the fall of 2013.   If you are old

enough to read the books about Alice in her senior year of high school, I think you are old enough to

read Always Alice.  I don’t know if another movie will be made of Alice or not.  The producers who made

“Alice Upside Down” own all the movie rights.

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Why did you write it?

Question:

I’ve been reading the Alice books since third grade and they were always fun to read. But now I’m a sophmore in high school and I’m reading Incredibly Alice and It’s frustrating me to no end. Firstly, why did you write it so Jill and Justin get married like that and like NO ONE thought twice about it and were almost encouraging Jill’s golddigging. Last year I had a friend who got pregnant in her senior year, and we were happy for her, but we were still concerned about her future and she certainly wasn’t bragging about it to everyone. Secondly, why did you put the part about the labia? I mean really?! I feel like its just trying to hard, no teenage girl worries about that. Either way I’m enjoying the book, rushed plot and all.

Phyllis replied:

Because Alice and her friends were not being judgmental does not mean they approved of Jill and Justin’s plan to get her pregnant.  Alice has had problems with Jill’s behavior for several years, but Jill and Justin have also been dating exclusively all that time, and it was their answer to the situation with Justin’s mom, however unwise.  As for the worry about labia, I include in the Alice books things that readers write to me about, and I have had a number of letters about the issue of not feeling “normal” down there, mostly because girls aren’t that familiar with the normal variations in female genitalia.  Boys have it easier in that regard.  They can see every part of a guy’s anatomy in the showers at school, but girls’ female parts are largely hidden, even from themselves.  And if they happen upon some pictures in a porn magazine, they tend to compare themselves with what another girl looks like when she’s really exposed, something you just don’t usually see, not even in the showers.

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Is it time to move on?

Question:

Hello first of all just wanted to say that I have been reading your books since I was in 6th grade I am currently in college!! I’ve also wrote to you for advice and for some reason I can always count on it! Ok so this guy who I have been with for two years but also went out with for a year when I was in high school. So last summer I was so in love we planned our future together and my family loves him. He started working with his dad and completely ignored me and made me feel like I was exaggerating because he made time for me only on Sundays. His dad made him work I would get mad that he spent about 4 nights with his friends but only made time for me. Then I got pregnant. He was happy about it and he “freaked” out. I got depressed and lost 10 pounds. My family did not know about me being pregnant. Then he just completely stop talking to me and was willing to do anything for him. He pretty much told me to get an abortion and I did because of how vulnerable I was. Then after he ignored me once again. I regretted what I had done. Once he saw me going out with my friends he began talking to me again and I gave him another chance. However this summer it happened all over again. He began to ignore me and be with his friends. I have broken up with him since July and I put on a strong face but I really do miss him. He doesn’t try to fix things with me. Am I just holding on to the memories? I don’t understand him because he doesn’t try to fix things because he says he is a “bad boyfriend” should I completely stop talking to him to move on? Also he registered for the same class so that makes it difficult. To move on should I just not acknowledge him or try to be friendly? I know you’re not a psychologists or anything lol but I felt I needed to vent. 
 
Phyllis replied:
 
Welll, let’s see.  He ignores you, freaked out when you got pregnant (did he object to using a condom?), spends most of his time with friends,  doesn’t try to fix things up between you, and tells you outright that he is a bad boyfriend, and you maybe should hang on to him because why?  I think you have answered your own questions, and you know in your heart of hearts that if you had a daughter whom you loved dearly, and she came to you with the same questions you’re asking me, you would tell her she deserves someone better than that.   So do you.  You’ve heard it before, but really and truly you need to start showing yourself some love and consideration.  Girls who are able to do that, who have a plan for their lives and can get on with it, with or without a guy, are the ones who are most attractive.   
 

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Different covers

Question:
 
I have a question. The book titled Alice in Charge has 2 different book covers. Are they both the same? I love all the Alice books and I don’t want the series to end. They’re that good.
 
Phyllis replied:
 
It’s really confusing, I know.  Both covers are the same book.  When an Alice book is published, it comes out first in hardcover, with a different cover than all the ones before, and a year later a paperback comes out with a different cover from that.  Somewhere down the line the publisher may decide that the next hardcover edition needs a new cover.  A few years later some of the books come out together in a new binding, a new cover, and they all have different covers still.  In the last few years, the publisher has put all three books of Alice’s freshman year into one big paperback, and not only put still another cover on it, but gave it a brand new name.  Same with sophomore, junior, and senior years.  It’s hard enough for me to keep track of them all, and I can only imagine what it must be like for you.  But that’s publishing!  A good librarian or bookstore person can help you sort it all out.

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How did you get the idea?

Question:

i was wondering how did you come up with the idea to write about alice

 

Phyllis replied:

I was thinking how important role models are to young girls.  I loved my own mother very much, but I didn’t necessarily want to look like her or dress like her or act like her.  I wanted to be my own person, but I wasn’t sure what that person was like.  So I started to write a book about such a girl, except that her own mother would be dead, and she would very much be looking for role models.  And the plot sort of took off after that.

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Book Signings

Question:

I read that you go to book signings and I’m wondering if thats only in the USA or if thats other places too. I’d like to know, just to get an idea because none of my favourtie authors have ever come to my city(as far as I know) to sign books.Oh yeah, and also, I see that the first few books were several years apart for when they were puublished. When you published the first book, did you know that you were going to want to have a series based on Alice, or was it after awhile of thinking?

Phyllis replied:

I wasn’t doing any speaking for a while following a back operation last year, but I’m beginning to go out again, and my publisher plans a book tour for me next fall when the last Alice book comes out.  I don’t know which or how many cities I’ll be visiting, but I will definitely post–many times–my schedule once I know.  Yes, there are several years between the first two Alice books that I wrote–“The Agony of Alice” and “Alice in Rapture, Sort Of.”  That’s because I didn’t know when I wrote the first one that it would become a series.  It wasn’t until the letters started coming in asking for more, and reviewers said things like, “Alice’s many fans will await her further adventures,” that I said, “Huh?” and started thinking about writing more.  The three prequels came later.

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Famous authors

Question:

I went on your Alice blog five minutes ago and I was amazed that you  had read and answered my questions from email. Thanks for answering and also thanks for being such a great writer and understander(is that even a word?). I just want to ask another question:
I see that you know a lot of other famous authors. If you could meet/be friends with any other author, poet, etc,(dead or alive) who would it be and why? I realize that this is like one of those questions that a teacher would give you at school, but I find that it would be interesting if a great author really looked up to another one.
Thanks again and it is great communicating with you!
 
Phyllis replied:
 
I would love to sit down with Mark Twain and talk about his childhood days.

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