Monthly Archives: May 2014

Crying A Lot

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I just finished Now I’ll Tell You Everything and I loved it! The part that made me cry the most was when she found the note from her mom saying she would have loved him too… 🙂 I cried a lot at the end… and part of that crying was because now there’s no more Alice books to read… I guess I’ll just reread the whole series…. But thank you for writing these books! They are by far my absolute favorite books ever! Thank you so much!
 
Phyllis replied:
 
Thank you so much for taking time to write to me.  I cried a lot writing these books–real tears!  But I also laughed out loud a lot.  So glad you enjoyed them too!

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Happy Birthday, Alice!

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This will be a short message, as I just want to tell you one thing: Happy Birthday, Alice! I had to e-mail you, Phyllis, because I was browsing the beginning of the Alice Bible when I noticed that Alice’s birthday is May 14th… which is today! I cannot believe I finished the final book on her birthday. I swear I didn’t plan it that way. But I can’t think of a more fitting end to my journey through these books… and it’s nice to know that wherever I end, another adventure is beginning with Alice, out in the great wide somewhere. Now I can go and read ALL the books front to back and definitively pick some favorites. There are so many it’s hard for me to remember what events happen when (I see why you made the Alice Bible!), especially in the earlier books, but Alice the Brave always stood out to me for being uniquely hilarious. I love Alice Alone and Simply Alice, because I liked Alice discovering who she was without Patrick. I always loved the summer books the most, particularly Alice In the Know. Dangerously Alice and Intensely Alice were good, but I reallyyyy loved how Alice finally seemed to find herself and try new things in Incredibly Alice. But Now I’ll Tell You Everything (always Always Alice to me 🙂 ) has been the most exciting because so much happened and we got to see Alice in so many different stages of life. I wish her the happiest birthday, and I’m so sad it’s over.

Phyllis replied:
 
It’s hard to choose a favorite, isn’t it?  I’ve never been able to love one more than another.

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Alice Upside Down

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Hi! I’ve just finished your last book in the Alice series Now I’ll Tell You Everything.  Now this is just suggestion but you should really make a movie for that! To be honest, I didn’t like the Alice upside down. :(. Blonde Patrick? Dark Liz?  I’m devatstated that I’m done with the series. I started reading your books this year and I have gotten – literally- EVERYONE hooked on them! Keep up the good work! You are the best author ever. Please see what you can do about the movie. Thanks!
 
Phyllis replied:
 
I appreciate your suggestion.  The people who enjoyed the movie, Alice Upside Down, the most, are the ones who were not familiar with the series.  If you viewed it as something completely separate from the Alice series, you could forget the character changes and enjoy it as something different.  There are no plans at present to make a movie of any other Alice books, but should that ever happen, perhaps I would have a bigger part in the screenplay and casting.

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How Can I Buy the Whole Collection?

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Just wanted to start off by saying that I LOVE your books! I read every single Alice book when I was younger and was addicted to every single one. Now that I am older, I’ve been wanting to collect all of them, but it is really hard because I can’t find one seller that sells them in a collection. And buying them separately means paying for shipping separately or going crazy going to a zillion different bookstores hoping they have them!

I hate to bother you about this, but do you happen to know of anyone or any way that I can just buy the whole series from? I would really appreciate it!!
 
 
Phyllis replied:
 
I so wish I had an easy answer.  I’ve been hoping the publisher would print the whole series in those 3 books-in-one bindups, so that instead of having to buy 28 books, you could buy 9 bind-ups and the final book.  I’ve forwarded your letter to my editor, asking if sales and marketing have come up with any new ideas to make it easier on readers, and if they ever devise a plan, I’ll print it here.  I know that the books have come out in so many different forms, with different covers, but remember that I wrote the series over 28 years, and of course, although I planned for it to cover 28 books, no one knew for sure if I’d be able to do that–that I would LIVE that long.  But I  still have dozens of books in me, so I plan to be around for awhile.

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Real Life Experiences

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Can I just say “WOW” on your Alice series! I started reading them in the 7th grade and instantly fell in love. After I couldn’t find them in my school library anymore, I started looking for them in my public library. This is the only series, besides the Harry Potter series, that I’m trying to collect. I bought the first book on amazon and have all but one of the three in one books. I just started the last book and I’m trying to drag it out as long as I can because I don’t want it to end!

I see a lot of Alice in myself and I just love how you put real life experiences into one character. Heartache to mistakes to the loyalty of true friends! This girl is so down to earth in everything she does that I wish she was real, because I would totally befriend her!
You really have no idea how much this series means to me. And I like it because it seemed like every time I went through something in my life, Alice would go through something similar in hers. And I hope that if I ever have a little girl, she will find as much joy reading the series as I did.

I don’t know if you’ll ever read this or have time or anything, but maybe if I could get your autograph in one of the books, that would be forever amazing! I could even send you one of mine to sign 🙂

Much love to you and all of your Alice’s who inspired you,

Phyllis replied:
 
I loved your email.  You have a lot of restraint.  When I read a good book, I gobble it down as fast as I can!
Anyone can send me either a book to sign or just a label that I could sign and you could stick it in a book.  If you send a book, however, make sure you enclose a self-addressed stamped mailer so that I can mail it back to you.  My address: 401 Russell Avenue, Apt. 713, Gaithersburg, MD  20877 

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