Monthly Archives: January 2013

Continuing the story?

Question:

I am currently a sophmore in highschool, I just finshed reading your novel Its Not Like I Planned It This Way. I must say i really enjoyed this book. I was wondering if you would be writing books to follow Alice through the rest of her academic life.? If you could please respond I would really enjoing hearing back from you.

 

Phyllis replied:

The book that preceded “It’s Not Like I Planned It  This Way” is “I Like Him; He Likes Her.”  The one you’ll want to read next is “Please Don’t Be True.”  When I know the exact title of the one that comes after that, I’ll post it on this page.  It’s something like, “You and Me, and the Space Between.”

 

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Why is Alice so thin?

Question:

How does Alice stay so thin? Throughout the series, there were few instances where she actually exercised or played a sport. She didn’t even play during recess. If she’s average, why is her metabolism so high? Also, she eats so much junk food in the books. Also, who is the model on the covers of the alice books?

Phyllis replied:

I don’t think I ever described Alice as thin.  The art department comes up with a photo and model or a painting that it feels is appropriate, but Alice has always seemed to have an average weight to me.  I had friends who ate more than I did in high school but always weighed less, and seemed no more active.  Metabolism is very much an individual thing.  I don’t know the names of any of the models who were chosen for the book; that’s not something the art department gives out.  Sorry.

 

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Worrying about Alice and her family

Question:
 
Everytime I close an Alice book, I feel like she’s a best friend who just came over and left.  What happens to Lester in the last Alice book since they’re 7 years apart?Or her dad? Omg its so sad how she reaches up to 60 because it feels like i really know her in person and i get so sad everytime i finish a book of Alice 😦 I think imight cry on the very last one! Does alice die in the last one?
 
 
 
Phyllis replied:
 
No, she doesn’t die in the last book.  You will find out a LOT about Alice’s brother and father and stepmother and friends.  Really, really, really.  Yes, you’ll cry at times, but you’ll probably laugh more.

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Confused

Question:

 I have read the books “I like him, he likes her” and “it’s not like I planned it this way”. I was wondering what books I’m supposed to read after those two. I tried looking on your site but it doesn’t quite make sense to me considering how many there are and because I got a little confused seeing as on my iPod all the book titles are jumbled up.
Thank you in advanced

 

Phyllis replied:

Since you are reading the bind-ups–the fat paperbacks, each containing three Alice books–the next one you should read is “Please Don’t Be True,” the three books of Alice’s junior year in high school.

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Loving Alice

Question:

I realize today that this year will be the last of Alice in my life. Let me tell you: thank you so much. I always loved reading. Reading was my escape from the world. Alice was the first book that let do that. Since then I really think that’s why I loved reading. If i have children one day, I’ll show them the ways of Alice. I think because I read that series it made me get ready for the real world. So thank you once again. 

Phyllis replied:

It is sort of sad, isn’t it?  It’s strange for me not to have an Alice deadline hanging over my head.  But there are at least three new ideas for novels driving me a little bit nuts, none of them Alice, of course, and none of them that easy.  But I like a challenge, so it’s good to be working on something else.

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From Germany

Question:

i am from Germany… I really love all your Alice books but not all books are available on german. . And my question is now: do you ever translate these books? It would be great! Hoping to get an answer 
Greetings from Germany

Phyllis replied:

A German publisher published some of the series, but not all, as you said.  I don’t know German, and couldn’t translate the books myself.  Perhaps if you wrote to the German publisher and requested his publishing the rest of the series, that would have some effect.

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new book

Question:

Hi, I am one of the biggest fan of the Alice Books.  I cant believe the series is almost ending.  i started reading the alice series during last summer and now im waiting for the last one to come out.  i wish there could be more and never ending books about her, but i was wondering if you could please write at least one more book of alice talking about alice and patrick.  i really want to know what will happen to both of them.  sometimes my situation is like alice too thats why i love your books.  i have a question: how long does it take you to come up with another alice story to write about?

Phyllis replied:

You will find out all you need to know about Patrick in the final book, coming out next fall, Always Alice.  It takes me about six months to write a new Alice book.

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