Daily Archives: November 18, 2015

Want to Be Friends with Everyone

Comment:

I really need advice on something. I absolutely adore your books and want to become a writer myself when I grow up by the way.  Well the situation is, I am in year nine and recently moved back to my old school. The friendship groups have changed, obviously, but the group I’m in the ‘leader’ had a massive fight with the other group. She is so against them, wants to get them all expelled and all that. She says I have to pick which group to be in and I just want to be friends with everyone. And some of the people in the group I can’t hang out with have known me for ages and are my really good friends.

I don’t know what to do. The ‘leader’ of my group is basically controlling who I hang out with, what I post on Instagram anything. If it’s anything to do with them then she gets so angry and the whole group turn against me. I don’t know what to do.I would just really like to hear your advice because you are one of my role models and I highly look up to you.

Phyllis replied:

I think it’s time to ask yourself some questions: If the school population is really so segregated into two groups, why are you in the group with this kind of a leader?  Why aren’t you with your “really good friends”?  Is this the way you want to live your life, with someone else telling you what to do and whom you can hang out with?  Here’s a fact: not everyone in your life is going to like you, and you aren’t going to like “everyone.”  But I do appreciate your attitude that you would like to be more friendly with different types of people.  I suggest you look around and make some brand new friends that aren’t attached to any group that dictates what they can do.

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Delighted to Know of the Alice Collection

Comment:

I am DELIGHTED that Simon & Schuster will be releasing all the Alice books in one collection; one of the things I like is having all my books match – and since Alice is one of my all-time favourite series, I will definitely be investing in this. Thank you, and thanks S&S, for this! I am really looking forward to summer 2016! 😉  Any chance that you’ll do any kind of a tour to promote this? I’d love to meet you and get a couple of the books signed. Many thanks for all of Alice’s stories.

Phyllis replied:

So am I!  I want to see them altogether on my shelf too.  I went on a cross-country book tour for the last Alice book two years ago.  Right now I’m traveling and speaking about “A Shiloh Christmas.”

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Alice’s Familiar World

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This is the first time I’ve sent an email to an author – I considered handwriting a letter, but my penmanship is terrible and I’d rather it be legible 🙂 I wanted to thank  you. Your Alice books are something else – I had no idea you had continued the series (having only a few of the titles when I was a child), so I was delighted to see that there was a final book available. And it far exceeded my expectations, I don’t remember the last time a book had me crying quite like that.

Alice influenced me far more than I realized – I recently treated myself to a copy of every single book in the series (and yes, I just saw your post about a collection coming but I am impulsive and impatient with book-buying). Re-reading through her adventures reminded me of the origins of so many things that I still say and do (like keeping a journal of “backwards” things that happen) – it felt like spending an afternoon with old friends. Being a bit of a solitary creature (I’m an only child through and through), I had forgotten how much I was able to get lost in your books and get the feeling of belonging and friendship – it’s better than therapy, quite frankly.

If you had asked me last month, I would have had a million questions for you about their futures and the rest of the story….but you’ve already handled that with your beautiful last book. So instead this is going to be just a big thank you. Thank you for creating a set of characters that I “fit in” with, for having them go through real struggles and real questions and not have the books over influenced by trends and the media (like so many young adult novels are nowadays). Thank you so much for writing these – no matter how low I feel sometimes, I can pick any of the Alice books up and within minutes, be absorbed in her familiar world and have my troubles be on pause.

Thank you for Alice. You rock
Phyllis replied:

I so appreciate your email.  This is what I hear most from readers:  that the Alice books are so real.  Probably because my own feelings, and some of my own experiences, or friends’ experiences, are in the book.  I guess we write the kinds of books we would like to read, and I could have used a few Alice books when I was growing up.

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Could You Write Scenes from Another Perspective?

Comment:

I am a huge Alice fan! I enjoyed reading every book from the series. I am also a reader who likes to read books that are written in two or more different perspectives. So, I am not asking you to write the whole series in another character’s perspective, but would you have time to write certain scenes from another character’s perspective? Such as the scene of Alice’s date at the country club with Patrick; but written from his perspective. Like what he felt during the date or Pamela’s thoughts when she hides in Alice’s house. I don’t want to tell you what to write, so I’ll leave whatever perspectives you want to write to you. I understand that you are busy so I won’t mind if you turn down my request.

Phyllis replied:

If I had 48-hour days and four hands, I could do this and it would be fun, but there are SO many other books I want to write, and I don’t just write scenes with nowhere to go.  But you might have fun trying your hand at this!

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