Daily Archives: July 29, 2013

Always Alice

Question:
 
I have read that the last alice book is “Always Alice”, but i have also seen where it is being called “Now ill tell you everything”. I am wondering if they are the same thing. I also wanted to know the release date. It has changed so many times and now i have no idea when it will be out. I have seen on goodreads.com where some people have already wrote reviews, but i am not sure if they received an advanced copy or what.

Phyllis replied:
 
Yes, they are the same book.  At the last minute, the publisher decided the book deserved a better title and better jacket, so there was a new photo shoot and the book is coming out October 15th under the title, “Now I’ll Tell You Everything.”  I’ll be going on a book tour in October, with the kick-off at the Takoma Park Library in Takoma Park, Maryland.  This will be the evening of October 15th, where I’ll be both speaking and signing.

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Unexpected Pleasures

Question:
 
I ordered a copy of Unexpected Pleasures last week.  It was so hard to find, the only copy I could get was an old library book.  I’m a bit OCD about books, so I was upset at first that I couldn’t get a hold of a new copy.  However, after reading half of it, I’ve become very attached to the poor worn out book with “WITHDRAWN” stamped across it half a dozen times.  It’s a first edition and not in that bad of shape.  I can’t help but wonder if it was removed from the “Susquehanna County Library” because of its sensitive subject matter.  I just finished my freshman year of college this past week during summer classes, and I must admit, it took quite a bit of willpower to stay focused on totalitarianism and existentialism, knowing Unexpected Pleasures was on my bookshelf waiting for me.  More than once I panicked, thinking, “Oh no! I’m missing it!”  Then I would realize, “Oh wait. It’s a book, it won’t keep going without me.”  In short, I love your story of Foster and April, and I can’t wait to finish it up this weekend!
 
Phyllis replied:
 
I’m so glad you’re enjoying it.  That is probably my favorite of all my books–certainly one that I enjoyed more than any of the others.  I too fell in love with shy Foster and feisty  April Ruth Bates, and loved every minute of writing about them.  I was especially delighted when I found a real live bridge builder who was part of a raising gang, just as Foster was, so he was a great help to me in writing the book.  A Hollywood producer was interested in making a movie of it, and came to Maryland to tour the countryside around the Bay, attend a tobacco auction, eat in a restaurant like the City Chicken, and she loved the book too, but in the end, couldn’t get funding for it, so the project was dropped.  But Foster and April will stay in my head forever.

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Other Fiction Books?

Question:
 
I am now reading the book, “Alice in Charge”, I had started at the beginning with “Starting with Alice”.
Out of all the books I have read so far, i really liked the ones in the middle of the series…i found them the most interesting to read…i did miss one book “Dangerously Alice” so i have gone back and started to read that one.
I am excited for the final book which will come out soon!  Are you planning to write other books, other fiction books?
Do you write non-fiction?  Fiction is usually my favorite…
I like the covers on the latest books too.
Would you ever come back to the Alice series after you finish it and continue with it or not?
Im not a writer, sometimes poems..but i am a reader.
 
Phyllis replied:
 
I’ve written both fiction and nonfiction.  Actually, I’ve written over 140 books, a few of them for adults, and most of my books are fiction.  Go to Amazon.com to see the titles and read a bit about some of my other novels.  No, I would not come back to the Alice series after this last book is published.  I think you’ll find that it says everything I would want you to know about Alice.

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