|Guestbook entries from 2003|
Ms. Whitney, on 100 years of excellence!
Hi Ms. Whitney.
I use to read your book’s they were so good I got them from the
library but can’t find them any more. Your books were the one’s
I couldn’t put down, are you still writing books? I love to write
but get bored easy.
I love your books...I read them all when I was in my 20’s and now
I am re-reading them. You’re just like a dear neighbor I can go
visit again and again. If I am not too late happy birthday.
I have a
fun little story to tell about myself. When I was starting 7th grade,
I had a librarian help me find a book to read. Now mind you I had not
really been an avid reader before this time. She led me to Phyllis A.
Whitney’s books. I chose Snowfire. That choose led me on an endless
reading adventure for years. I read every Phyllis A. Whitney adult book
in the High School library and starting checking them out from the Elementary
library. I still to this day have the list of books that I read in the
six years of Jr High and High school. As an adult I have read every new
book that was released. I thank Phyllis A Whitney for the many years of
reading, and I thank that librarian that took the time to help me find
something to read. Our current library still has the copy of the first
book that I read. With my name written on the card (they switched to scanners
a long time ago, but still have the old cards in them). The date that
was stamped, Oct of 1974!
very close to the date of Phyllis A. Whitney’s 100th birthday, I
was discussing with my librarian friend how much I enjoyed reading Phyllis’s
books. I had wondered what had happened to her. I am regretful that I
wasn’t able to sign her 100th birthday wish, but I am glad to hear
that she is doing fine.
Whitney, Yesterday, I discovered a copy of your first adult novel (reprinted
as Red Carnelian) in a used book store. I was delighted. In the thirty
years I have been reading your books, I had never read it. I find it to
be just as captivating as all your other novels. I cannot put one of them
down at the end of the chapter. You always, even in this first one, had
a “kicker” to send the reader into the next chapter. I warn
my students (I am a Middle School Media Specialist) when they check you
out to find a place in the middle so they can stop and get to bed at night.
much to Ms. Whitney for enriching my life with her enormous talent.
reading Ms. Whitney’s books as a child in the late 1950’s,
and began collecting them in adulthood. Today I was working on a list
of titles I lack. My collection of adult titles is complete, but I need
some of the young adult books and I thought I might be able to find a
list on the internet. Fortunately I found this excellent website. I am
so sorry that I missed wishing Ms. Whitney a happy 100th birthday. She
is one of my favorite authors.
I love your
books! They are the only ones I want to read!
on your 100th birthday! I love your books and have been collecting them
for years. I finally tracked down the last one on the internet so now
have a complete collection of your adult fiction books. Best wishes for
Whitney. I am beginning to read your book Woman Without a Past. I hope
it is a good book. I am excited to see if it will hold my interest.
“Listen for the Whisperer” some years ago, I raved about it
til my sister read it herself. We both collect your books now for our
own reading pleasure. I have 4 daughters ranging in age of 12 to 19 and
have introduced each of them to your books. Thank you for a good read!
Have a wonderful 100th birthday!!!!
Whitney, Sorry to have missed your birthday. I can see God has blessed
you with many years, much talent, and lot’s of love to surround
you. Thank you for all the pleasure you have brought to my life with your
wonderful books, books that took me to other beautiful places. Once again,
Happy Birthday. God Bless.
A Whitney, I truly enjoy reading your thrilling books. I have nearly read
all of them except for your earlier works. I hope that you continue to
write such great books. May God bless you, such an amazing writer you
are. Thank you for contributing such wonderful stories to my life and
to the lives of others. You inspired me, and it is because of you that
I wish to become a novelist. I will reach my goal with the help of the
Lord, but I can only wish to be as successful as you are. Thank you.
by while looking for my favorite book Dream of Orchids. I love Phyllis
A. Whitney’s books and I love reading!
I have always
loved Phyllis’s books. I started reading them in the fifth grade.
I’m seventeen now and I still enjoy them.
I so enjoy
your writing. I have a long list to go, but I’ve been collecting
your books so I can eventually have them all. Thanks for being so entertaining.
express how honored I am to have an opportunity to thank you for all of
your wonderful writings! I can read and reread anything that you have
written and I can find in print. You truly have a God-given gift. I can
only hope that one day I will possess a fraction of the talent that you
have shared with me in your work. I am addicted to your writing style,
and no one else even comes close!!!!!!!!!
Hey, I love
the site. But one thing I’ve been wondering is if Mrs. Whitney is
planning to write any more adult suspense novels, which according to me
is the best genre she writes. Thank you.
I have enjoyed
reading your books for well over 30 years. My mother started my journey
into your stories back in the late sixties. I haven’t found any
recent writings by you for a few years but really enjoyed the ones I have
been my favorite author for many years. I found your site through my local
library here in Battle Creek, MI. (Home of Tony the Tiger and Kellogg’s)
Thank you for giving me many hours of reading pleasure.
Whitney, Thank You so much for being one of the writers that inspired
me to read as a young child. I couldn’t put your mystery books down.
I am now 34 and still love to read, again thank you for sharing your gift
of writing. You will always be one of my favorite authors!!
So far I
have read 3 of Phyllis Whitney’s books and they are wonderful. I
love mystery stories and when I pick up one of her books I don’t
want to put it down until the end.
for your books. Your books are the most enjoyable books I have ever read
Once I begin one of your books I can’t put it down until I’m
done. Thank you so much for many enjoyable hours.
of the Green Cat” was my 1st “serious” novel that I
read (cover to cover without enticement), when I was 12 years old, in
1963. That was the moment in which I fell in love w/reading. During that
time, a lot of events were occurring all around us. I was attending a
segregated public school in the south; Pres. Kennedy had been assassinated;
the Vietnam War was in it’s infancy; and, I was approaching puberty.
Today I am a Grandmother of 2. A lot has happen in my life since that
time. I am amazed that I can still remember the title. I was inspired
to go on line just to see if any info. could be retrieved. When the illustration
popped up, a flood of memories came back & I remembered how exciting
it was as I raced through ea. page - trying to figure out the final outcome.
Thank you for such a wonderful and inspiring novel for a pre-teen who
fell in love w/reading a book chosen @ random @ my school’s library.
My granddaughter of 7 years of age is an avid reader. I plan to give her,
as a gift, her 1st novel, it’s no wonder that it will be “Mystery
of the Green Cat”.
love Spindrift. I am 23 yrs. old and I first read the book when I was
in high school. The amazing thing is that it was my mom’s favorite
book when she was in high school. I can never get tired of reading this
book. I’ve read it so much that the cover is falling off and the
pages all have dog ears on them. I just wanted to let you know that I
have just ordered this book in hard back so I can enjoy it for years to
come and that my daughter will to come to love this excellent book. Thank
I work in a library and a patron was asking if you had any new books out.
I hadn’t seen any in a while and decided I would try to find out
if you were still writing. I will happily report to her that you are!
I started reading your books when I was in jr. high school. and still
love them. Thank you for many years of pleasant reading.
I found the
web site on Google. I have been a fan of Phyllis Whitney for years, &
have about 50 of her books. My favorite is “The Glass Flame”.
Delighted to hear she is writing her auto biography.
is a truly gifted author, someone who can spin mysteries that leave you
wondering! She suits her middle name AYAME which means Iris, and continues
to write her stories at such a glorious age! Hats off to her!!!
and I have been reading your books for several years now. I recently have
access to a computer at work and wanted to see what I could find on the
internet. It was one of your books that I read when I got in the habit
of reading regularly. We go to book sales at local libraries to find your
books, we have/had most of them except the first seven or so. When we
have read them we donate them back to the library for others to enjoy.
We have had the opportunity to pass along our interest in your books to
others at the booksales. With your books and the other authors we enjoy
we had to pass up the last sale - we have no more shelf or closet space
to put another book for awhile. We have enough to keep us reading one
book a week for four or five years right now. Bless you and thank you
for the many hours of enjoyment.
Ms. Whitney. I have enjoyed your books for 15 years and counting. Now
my teenage daughters are reading through my collection. Your writing style
captures readers of all ages, you truly are the master. Thank you so much
for the many years of curling up with one of your books and diving into
an exciting mystery. I am always on the lookout for copies at yard sales
and book swaps.
for your consistently excellent books. Your stories hold one till the
end and your descriptive writing paints wonderful picture. I have now
introduced my daughter to you. Thank you.
I have loved
Phyllis A. Whitney books for years! Ms. Whitney always describes places
so well, without overwhelming the reader with description. Her books are
just the right mix of suspense, history and romance. I think I have read
every novel she has ever written, including her books for youngsters.
Thank you Ms. Whitney!
I love ALL
Phyllis Whitney’s novels. I have been reading them for over 30 years!
I will have to print the list on this site so I can check if there are
any I have missed!
has enjoyed your books tremendously. We always look for the next one!
A very, very happy (belated) birthday to you!
Whitney is a wonderful writer. I don't think anyone could ever put action,
drama, horror, or romance, etc. into stories like she can.
a fan for close to 50 years. The modern writers can't touch you for a
good book. Thanks for many hours of absorbing reading.
I have been
reading your books since I was 16 yrs. old. I am now 51. My love of reading
started with one of your books that I got for a x-mas gift. Thank you
for the many years of pleasure that I have received from your books.
you are a well-gifted person, about writing novels. And from your picture
you look your really nice and sweet. Thank you for making a difference.
I was born
in 1959 started reading your stuff and Victoria Holts in 1969- hers were
predictable and I quit reading her stuff after a few years but I have
stayed with you and I am the first to get on the waiting list for your
new releases at our public library-- its enjoyable to read something that
is fun, suspense, and doesn't leave me sick to my stomach- sexually or
violence. THANKS AGAIN.
As the Store
Manager of The Ridiculous Book Store Inc. (www.trbsi.com), I am always
being asked the question "What Author Do You Recommend?" by
our customers. Having read Miss Phyllis A. Whitney's books when I was
younger I have added her to our Recommended Reading List. My favorite
one is "The Golden Unicorn". I hope you will enjoy her books
as much as I have.
I have enjoyed
your books very much. I started reading them in high school and read every
one that my public library had.
I have so
missed reading any new books by you. You are my very favorite author since
I first read your book "Window on the Square" when I was in
the eighth grade. I am happy to hear that you have just celebrated your
100th birthday. I treasure your books. Thank you so much.
I am in awe
of you; what an inspiration you are. God Bless you.
for all the books you have written. As a senior in high school, I found
your books on the shelf as I was looking for something interesting to
read. At that time I had never heard of Phyllis A. Whitney. I checked
out I believe "The Golden Unicorn". I read and loved the book
and returned to check out more of your books. I introduced my sister to
your books and so she started reading them as well. Whenever I see someone
reading something along the lines of your books. I asked them, Have you
read anything by Phyllis A. Whitney?" I last did this about 3 days
ago to a woman that never heard of your work. I told her you just got
to read one of her books. I just read on your site that your last book
took place in North Carolina. I live in North Carolina so I will have
to get your latest book. God Bless.
BIRTHDAY! I have been reading your books since I was a teenager(I have
read them all) and have introduced them to my daughter who has read many
of them too.(I have many of your books, as I enjoy rereading them.) I
just want you to know how much joy you have brought to me with your books.
You are one of my favorite authors.
I love your
books so much! I have almost all of them (paperback and hardback) and
have read them all several times now. Thank you!!
Whitney, what a wonderful thing to have had your books in my life. When
I remember young adulthood I think of you and your books with the warmest
of feelings. First there was Nancy Drew and then there was you. This is
a belated but heartfelt birthday greeting. As a writer myself, I hold
you in the highest regard!! Wishing you good health and lots of love.
gave me a gift on our anniversary which is the "star flight".
It is such a great story and has something to do with "destiny".
Thanks to Phyllis Whitney.
I have thoroughly enjoy your books and have reread most of them. I have
just finished "The Singing Stones" and, as usual, loved it and
have lent some of the books to others to get them hooked. I hope you will
continue to write for many years to come. Each book is new and fresh.
Thank you so much.
I read a
number of Ms. Whitney's books years ago and pretty well ran right through
every book written. I moved on to other authors but a few weeks ago I
happened to find myself in the fiction section "W's" and spotted
the huge section holding her books. "Well," I said, "I
guess it's time I got caught up on Phyllis's newer books!" And I'm
enjoying them more now than ever. Fortunately, age has eaten up some of
my memories so now I can go back and read the earlier novels and they'll
feel brand new. You are a wonder Ms. Whitney!
I have been
reading (and re-reading) Ms. Whitney's books since I discovered her young
adult novels when I was in High School in the late sixties. When my children
were old enough, I made an effort to find and buy most of them in hard
back form so that they would be available to them. They have endured,
and I still treasure them to this day.
My name is
Whitney.. and I'm a 15 year old freshman from Florien, Louisiana, and
I have just finished reading "The Ebony Swan." And I just wanted
to say it is one of the best novels I have ever read! I hope to read more
in the future!
I'm 74 years
old and I've been reading your books all my life. I have passed them down
to my daughter who also loves them. I was wondering when your next book
was coming out, and didn't realize that you just celebrated your 100th
birthday! That is wonderful! I hope you are in good health, and I am looking
forward to reading your Autobiography. God Bless!
I have loved
Phyllis Whitney's books since I was a teenager. (These days it is a pleasure
to read books which have no graphic sexuality.) I just finished another
yesterday, and noticed that she is 100 this year. May she write to the
age of 150!
I think the
first of Ms. Whitney's books that I read was Window on the Square when
I was in high school. I used to save my milk money to purchase books.
I have been in love with her books ever since and have been trying to
find and collect all her books. I read them over and over. Thank you,
Ms. Whitney, for so many hours of enjoyment.
I have been
reading your books since I was in high school. I love them. I even got
a best friend hooked. Brava!!!!
we are doing a report on you for our american lit. class. because we think
that you are super cool. Well have a good one. Your forever friends,
author of all times is Ms. Phyllis A. Whitney. Every time I find a book
of hers that I haven't read before, I feel as if I have found a precious
gem. I recently picked up LOST ISLAND at a used book sale and was reading
it today. I decided to see if she had a Website - and lo and behold she
did. God Bless Phyllis A. Whitney! I'm anxious to read her autobiography
-- and I'll even buy the hard back (although I usually only buy paperbacks).
I have enjoyed
your books. You have helped me become a reader again.
I hope you had a wonderful birthday! You have been my favorite author
for many years. I have been collecting your books, and I continue to search
the Internet for the out-of-print books to complete my collection. Your
books have entertained me and given me a great love for reading. I feel
as if you are a dear friend. May God bless you and all your family.
Whitney: I grew up reading your books and "armchair" traveling
the beautiful places you described so well. My mother loves your books
and our love of your stories was one of the things we shared and still
share. It's odd to write this to you as I feel as if I know you and you
are a dear and treasured friend. I have read many of your books many times.
Thank you for adding beauty and mystery to my life for the past 30 years.
for a site that would have something regarding Phyllis Whitney because
I enjoy her writing so much. A listing of her work and how to obtain would
be very helpful. She is a peach of a writer!
wrote timeless stories the kind you can read again and again and still
enjoy as much as you did the first time you read them. Thank you
I just wanted
to say that I love "the singing stones", I’ve read it
3 times. it's one of the best books I have ever read.
reading Phyllis Whitney's books in my early adult years. I have recently
been rereading all 39 of her adult mysteries and only have 2 or 3 left.
She is such an excellent writer. Two of my sisters also think of her as
one of their favorite authors.
I have been
a fan of years since I was 14 or 15. When I grew up, and started writing
stories, you were my inspiration. Your books carried me through many boring
days during summer when school was out. I would fall in love with your
characters, especially the guys, and I'd daydream that my man would turn
out to be like the one in the novel I was reading. I have a collection
of your paperbacks and three hardbacks - all of them my favorites. You
have never written anything that I haven't read at least ten times, and
have passed the Phyllis Whitney onto my own daughters. Do you still write,
Ms. Whitney? Email me any time with tips and pointers on writing. My first
book of poetry called Bittersweet Morsels is being published - due out
in January. Two other books in the making - several hundred published
I have to tell you that I admire you for your continuous writing. I really
thought you'd stopped writing and the last book I have was published in
1997: Amethyst Dreams. It appears that I've lost track of your writing
since then! The first book I read of yours was Feather On The Moon with
the Deaf characters and this book got me hooked to your other books, so
I tried to get all your books in the past and now I'm trying to catch
up with you by looking for books that I'd missed out since 1997! Haha.
Not only you, but I try to keep up with my other favorite authors who
just won't stop writing just like you! I have very high respect for you
and I will always treasure what books I have for days and years to come.
I'm only 38 and I first read Feather On The Moon when I was 24 or 25 years
old. I have a huge collection of books and I suspect I have over a thousand
already, some are packed in boxes in Texas and in my storages here in
Maryland, but all your books are here in my office/library in my condominium.
I hope to read all your books and get caught up. I will try to find all
the old ones from 1943 and on. I really don't know how you can do it,
but I admire you a great deal! Your faithful reader,
I was diagnosed
with dyslexia in 6th grade and stopped reading...Rainsong re-kindled my
desire for many things, reading included. I am now a high school biology
and chemistry teacher. I spend my summer with your novels and own most
in their original hardback cover versions. THANK YOU for the gift and
thirst for continued thought.:)
love all books by Phyllis Whitney as they keep your interest from the
very beginning. PLEASE keep writing more.
a great number of Phyllis Whitney's books, with the Golden Unicorn being
my favorite book. I also started a collection of paper back books of Whitney,
but have since moved on to collecting hard back books. I am looking forward
to her autobiography, and hopefully a first edition. Thank You Phyllis
Whitney for your years of hard work for our enjoyment.
Whitney, my grandmother had introduced me to your books while I was in
high school. I have always enjoyed them. They got me to really enjoy reading.
It is so wonderful how many readers you have of all ages. It is wonderful
that you are 99 and still writing. Thank you for all your wonderful books!
"big" book I read was Phyllis Whitney's Haunted Pool. I fell
in love. I've read all she wrote since, some many times. She is absolutely
got a wonderful site which I just happened upon while surfing the net.
I have been a long time fan of Phyllis', ever since I read "The Stone
Bull" back in 1979. This book started me reading mysteries and I've
been reading them every since. I happened upon "Emerald" at
a used book sale and am in the process of re-reading all of Phyllis' books
and I'm enjoying reading them with an adult's perspective. Thanks for
giving me so many years of reading pleasure, Phyllis.
a reader of your for awhile and now my mom, asked me for a complete list
of your books. Hope she enjoys your reading as I do.
I just wanted to take the time to tell you how much I truly enjoy your
novels! I am 19, and I have been reading them since I was about 9 when
my grandmother introduced your wonderful stories to me. To this day, we
still read, discuss, and swap your books back and forth! :-) I wish you
continued health and can't wait to read another one of your writings!
to know if Amethyst Dreams was the last book. Have not heard of any new
ones. Why? Have collected most of them. Now have to give them away. Very
Traumatic for me.
I have been
reading your books for over 30 years and over the last few years I have
been collecting and re-reading them all. I am visiting the USA in a months
time and found your site as I wanted to update my list so I can look for
more titles during my trip. Congratulations on reaching 99 years and I
look forward to reading your autobiography.
I had a copy
of "Mystery of the Crimson Ghost" as a child and dearly loved
it. Somehow, over the years, my paperback copy of it disappeared. Last
summer, I found a copy at a used book sale. I quickly snatched it up and
read it again for the first time in many years. As an adult, I found it
as wonderful as I did as a child. It's a great story by a great writer.
I have been
a fan of Ms. Whitney's since I first stumbled on one of her books in my
early teens. Mind you I had only been in the U.S. only 3 short years --
my family had immigrated from the West Indies. I don't know why her books
held such a fascination for me, but by my late teens I had progressed
to what I call her "damsel in distress" mysteries. The plots
were somewhat predictable, if not formulaic...but I always found the settings
exotic and interesting. The books certainly expanded my horizons, and
I could vicariously travel to places that I may never see in my life.
Thank you, Ms. Whitney for giving this once lonely teenager from a very
dysfunctional home a place to which to escape while enjoying a thoroughly
great read. All the best.
you were the first author that totally captivated me with your books and
had me on pins and needles til your next book came out. It helped make
me a reader, something which I still do today (I'm 58). I love your smile
in this picture (the one next to this comment box). It shows a truly happy
woman. I see in your face a woman who can still create something wonderful
which moves people. You have indeed left a wonderful legacy. Thank you!
my name is Jennifer. I live in Surprise, AZ. I am 28. The first and favorite
book I read was Domino about 5 years ago, I enjoyed it, but didn't think
much more. Know I have a job that I only work 30 hours a week, with Wednesday
off. I was looking for a hobby and I decided on reading. You came to mind.
I checked out my library and only found a couple of titles. Next thing
you know I am on the internet looking for used out of print books. I know
only 15 titles. Some copies are pretty old. One of the being "The
Highest Dream". I know I will enjoy them all. Thank you for brining
such passion to your characters and stories. They may not have christian
undertones but they are so well versed, I would recommend them to any
of my friends. Any plans for new books? Does your daughter write? Hope
you are doing well.
Phyllis Whitney book I read was "Hunter's Green", which was
published when I was 15 years old. I fell in love with her stories and
looked forward to reading each and every one. Frankly I wanted to know
more about one of my favorite authors and clicked on this site. I look
forward to reading her autobiography. From reading this site it appears
her own life has been as fascinating and eventful as any character she
has created in fiction.
I have read
a number of Mz. Whitney's books, and enjoy her style of writing.
is the best author ever. Once I begin to read one of her books I can't
put it down. I read 1-2 a day. She keeps me in suspense throughout her
wonderful novels. She is my favorite author of all times.
I grew up
reading Phyllis's wonderful stories. They always were suspenseful and
thought provoking!! Thanks for being so talented!!!!
read so many of Phyllis Whitney's books and also bought quite a few. I
am now reading Hunter's Green which I got at the library. Her style of
writing is exactly what I like and anytime anyone asks me who my favorite
author is I immediately say "Phyllis Whitney". Thanks!
It was a
fortunate day indeed when I came upon one of Ms. Whitney's novels. I am
now on a constant search in any second hand book store that I come upon,
to find any of Ms. Whitney's older publications that I have not had the
pleasure to read. It is a rare treat to find someone who can captivate
a reader so thoroughly. I have acquired quite the collection and never
tire picking up one I have already read and enjoy it all over again. Ms.
Whitney's books have become a treasured part of my reading collection
and I am always happy to introduce someone new to her work. I currently
own 37 of Ms. Whitney's books and will not stop looking to add to my library.
Thank you for a wonderful gift!
I have so
appreciated Ms. Whitney's books because they depict strong women with
clear identities who have surmounted personal and family obstacles to
manifest themselves in their own right. Her message helped me enormously
during the decades when women were not yet respected and acknowledged
as having their own persona without the attachment to a man. For this
and for those wonderful adventures in all parts of the world, my lifelong
What a wonderful
and long-awaited site. Miss Whitney is my favorite author and one I have
read for many years. Thank you, Miss Whitney, for sharing your lovely
talent with us and may God bless you. PS: I found the site through the
search engine, Google.
I have loved
Phyllis Whitney's books since I began reading my first young reader's
suspense novel, "Mystery of the Haunted Pool," at age 10! Thirty-plus
years later, I continue to enjoy her books because they have always included
such a wonderful "view" of the locations she writes about that
I feel as if I have also visited the places she has written about. Mrs.
Whitney's books have also been honest, exciting, fresh, and engaging from
the first few lines. Thank you for providing me with so many hours of
reading pleasure through the years!
I just love
your books they take me to places that allow me to get away from my life
but it is difficult to find them in Montana I still love them you do the
perfect mix of suspense and romance and I can't wait until your next book
comes out "woman without a past" was the one that got me hooked
I just hope that you continue to put out those wonderful writings.
Dear Ms Whitney,
I've read many, many of your books. They are all so suspenseful and thrilling--I
cannot stop reading from beginning to end. Thank you for sharing your
talents. I continue to look for those that I have not yet read. I wish
you continued health and happiness.
I have enjoyed
your books for many years! Thank you for sharing your great talent.
We have all
of Phyllis Whitney's adult mysteries. We have used her locations as a
guide to some of our travels as they are very interesting. On Sept. 3,
1997, we wrote a letter to her suggesting Avalon CA (Catalina Island)
as a setting for one of her books. We were surprised and excited to receive
a hand written response. Regretfully she said "I'm afraid I've done
my California stories for a lifetime! I no longer stray far from Virginia."
If I could write, the setting would be Avalon. We reread her stories often
and are looking forward to her autobiography. Best Regards,
Dear Ms Whitney,
Someone asked me recently what I would like for my retirement next January.
Instantly I said "How about the complete collection of Phyllis A.
for many hours and years of delightful reading. I will cherish the books
for a lifetime. I have all but a few and will pass along for younger generations.
One of the
best authors that I have every read
I have been
reading Phyllis's books as long as I can remember and I have just reread
all of them over for the 4th time. Even though I know the endings, I still
hang in suspense right up to the last page. I am just checking to be sure
I have all of her books and thus sent google on a search for a web site
for Phyllis. Thanks for all the hours of reading pleasure!!!!!!!! Heres
to another book.
I found this wonderful website doing a search on your name for news of
you, while browsing the web on my lunch hour. I was born the year The
Red Carnelian was published, but I didn't discover you until 20 years
ago. I was a voracious reader as a child but got sidetracked for many
years until a friend introduced me to Tony Hillerman, because of my love
of mysteries, the Southwest and things Native American. I devoured his
books; then, someone told me a writer named Phyllis Whitney also had written
a mystery set in the Southwest that I must read. In my search for The
Turquoise Mask, I found another of your books and was hooked. I kept reading
until I had read them all; then, I anticipated each succeeding novel.
I read those as I have read and reread the others, curled up in a quiet
place, cover-to-cover. I quickly become absorbed in your stories-the characters,
the places, the atmosphere, the spellbinding suspense. If I had to pick
favorites, they would be Sea Jade and Hunter's Green, but I've relished
them all. I cannot put your books down. While vacationing in Upcountry
Maui in 1994, I stopped by the library in Makawao to ask where Barbara
Lyons lived. I just wanted to drive by for a glimpse of the home you "borrowed"
for Silversword. The librarian gave me directions only after she'd called
Ms. Lyons, who graciously invited me for a visit, during which she gave
me a copy of The Brook. I wish I had read her book before our visit; I
would like to have shared my enjoyment of her writing, as well as of yours.
My interest in reading renewed, I have gone on to read the mysteries and
other stories of many authors, including Mary Stewart and Victoria Holt.
Reading has once again become a favorite and enriching pastime, although
much of it now is done listening to books on tape to while away a long
commute in the privacy of my van. I have listened to those books of yours
that I could find on tape and would welcome finding more of them on tape
or CD. I am very grateful for this opportunity to express my appreciation
of your extraordinary gift for storytelling and the enjoyment it continues
to give me. Thank you!
I am an aspiring author and your books always give me motivation to keep
going for my goals. I could only pray to be as talented as you one day.
Hunters Green is one of my all time favorite books. I have read it many
times over the years. Thank you so much for sharing your talent with all
of us and your obvious love for writing.
I have enjoyed
your books since I was a teenager!!! I am now 51. Thanks for the wonderful
I love to
read and collect books. I was trying to decide whose collection I wanted
and I thought of Phyllis Whitney. I have always enjoyed her books and
after looking at the list I realized I have read more of her books than
I thought. Ms. Whitney's books are always full of intrigue and detailed
information of items or places in the books, I have been reading her books
for many years and have enjoyed them at any age.
I have read
almost all of miss Whitney's suspense novels for adults and have thoroughly
enjoyed them all. I just wish there were more!!! To me you are the very
Thank you! Thank you! One thousand times thank you for all of those wonderfully
written stories that I have had the opportunity to enjoy over the years.
I have been writing for many years but never on a serious level. Over
the passed few months, I've decided that I would like to write something
that might be fit to be published. I decided that I might get some incite
from one of my favorite authors. I didn't know what sites might pop up
when I entered your name but here I am.
checking to see how one of my favorite authors was doing! I began reading
your juvenile mysteries and have continued to this day with your adult
books. You've given me many hours of pleasure. I hope you're well.
books! Trying to get every one that she has written.
I have been
reading Phyllis Whitney's books for over twenty years. She is absolutely
my favorite author of all times. I've collected most of her books for
adults. She is marvelous and I have been hoping a new book would come
out for the past several years. To find this site, by chance, I simply
typed her name on the search engine of my computer, and there she was!
Thanks so much! Sincerely,
I love your
books! All of them!!! I started reading them in 7th grade and they were
I just moved
from TX to FL, and in that move I lost my books. I had several copies
of Phyllis Whitney books. Some of them I can not find copies of. Please,
if you can, let me know how I can go about rebuilding my collection? Thank
I think that
Phyllis A. Whitney writes great books. They are the best books that I
have ever read in my whole life.
I was curious
how many of Phyllis Whitney's books I was missing from collection so I
found this site and was amazed to see that I have missed a lot of this
wonderful ladies writing over the years. Now I have another mission to
fulfill. I will try to find as many of her earlier books that I can to
add to my collection. Thank you
enjoy Phyllis A. Whitney's books. She's a great author!
Thanks so much for your wonderful writing!! I love your books, and someday
would like to write a book of your quality!!! Hope one day to aquire your
complete collection of books!! Thank you again for your wonderful books!!!
Whitney: You're such an inspiration. I've been writing since I was 50
with 47 books to my credit. This came to a screeching halt recently when
I had to take my 92 year-old aunt into my home. We've had some "come
to Jesus" meetings but we're about to get things worked out. She
now understands that when I wander around looking vacant, I truly am working.
Her sight is bad so I'm buying her your books on tape. Keep writing. BelleBooks,
Bantam and Harlequin
I like your
I must say
that you are my favorite author. My mother first gave me Rainsong to read
as a young girl and from then I have scoured bookstores everywhere I go
to collect your books. (I now own over 50 of them.) Some of them I have
read many times, although my favorites are Women Without A Past and Hunters
Green. Thank you for your inspiration.
I have only read 3 of your books but they were most enjoyable! I plan
to read more of them! Best regards,
for all of your books. I have read almost all of them. I have a few in
my personal library and one, in particular, I have read a number of times
- "Daughter of the Stars." I have been to Harper's Ferry and
was able to visualize the locations mentioned in the book. A refreshing
book. Thank you and God bless you.
reading Ms. Whitney's books in Junior High and over the years have read
most of the titles. While recuperating from surgery earlier this year
I re-read 10 of her books and would have read more had they been at my
disposal. The only problem I have with her books is that once I start
reading I can't put them down. I get so lost that nothing else gets done
around the house and my family has to jolt me back into reality. Thank
you, Ms. Whitney, for my much needed escapes.
I am in the
7th grade and I love her books. My favorite so far is Emerald.
I was looking through some of my most treasured items from childhood recently,
and I came across several letters from you. It was a school project in
1980, and I had picked you as my favorite author to write to. In reading
them again I was reminded of how much you had inspired me, and I wanted
you to know how much your words meant to a little girl with big dreams
23 years ago. I will always keep those letters and someday hope to share
them with my children. Thank you so very much,
A. Whitney has been my favorite author for over 20 years. I love her style
of writing. I think I have read almost all of her books.
books. I have been reading them since high school in the fifties. Now
I am collecting them from any source. Just received two that I purchased
from e-bay. You have given me many hours of pleasure. I found this website
by putting Phyllis Whitney in a search engine.
since I was a young girl, I have read your books. Tonight I was searching
Amazon.com for some new books and again, searched to see if there was
something new from you. You have been a favorite author of mine for years.
It is wonderful to see that many of your books are available. I was interested
to learn more about you and was pleased to see that you have a website.
Thank You for the wonderful books you have written.
Whitney, thank you for writing all of these amazing books. I love reading
them. When I start a book I want to find out what is going to happen next,
but when I finish it I don't want it to be over. Only then do I start
another amazing book. So thank you again for writing all of those wonderful
books. Thank you.
for all your wonderful books. I read SILVERHILL when I was in the 8th
grade. I couldn't put it down. I think your books made me the avid reader
I am today. Thank you for the adventures, thrills and romance you introduced
me to. I believe I've read every adult fiction you've had published.
I am honored
to be reading my first (and not last) Phyllis Whitney novel. I love gothic
writers and have just recently discovered this author. I am totally enthralled
with the fact that Ms Whitney is still writing at the age of 99 years
young. I would love to meet her. Hats off to you Ms Whitney. I am enjoying
your novel and am looking forward to reading many more. I am ready Vermillion
I have read
every book Ms. Whitney has written and think she is one of the finest
authors of our time.
I would like
to reach Phyllis. My mother, Katherine Perine Isaac, was a friend of hers
back in Chicago. She wrote for the pulp magazines with Phyllis back in
those days. My mother died about 4 years ago, and I have an old photo
of Phyllis that I thought she might like to have. I also have a photo
of a GA Whitney that appears to be of high school vintage. Please let
me know how I might contact Phyllis directly.
Hi, I just
wanted to say how much I have enjoyed your books through the years. I
began reading your books as a teenager and have read (waited for your
new books to be published even) your books all my adult life. (I'm 48---that's
a lot of reading) I work as a children's Library assistant and always
recommend your books when a patron is looking for a gentle read-that's
also suspenseful and exciting. Thanks for all the wonderful reads. Take
I have read
and loved your books since I started reading them back in the '70's when
I was in high school.
absolutely adore Phyllis Whitney. Her writing style is like no other and
I can't imagine a time when she would not write anymore. I have read every
book of hers I could find. I believe there are a few that are out of print
I can't get. I love every book she's written, she writes so incredibly
descriptive I am taken on a visually imaginative journey with her through
her writing. She writes cleanly without foul language or obscene descriptive
sex. I can recommend any one of her novels to church women, or to my teenage
daughter! I just wish there were movies based on her novels I can envision
so many of them on the big screen! Thank you Ms. Whitney, for many years
of the best entertainment! I wish you many more,
Whitney, I've just discovered your books about a year ago and am eager
to get any and all of them that I can. Once I start reading it's hard
to stop! Thank you for all the books you have written...I'm well on my
way to obtaining and reading them all!
I enjoy the
exotic places you take me in your novels. I feel as if I am living the
every suspense novel Ms. Whitney has ever written! She is truly a gifted
My Mom introduced
me to your books when I was in my teens. I am currently trying to collect
all your books for her and myself. Thank you for providing your readers
with such interesting and pleasurable reading.
I read my
first novel at the age of 11, the book was "Hunter's Green"...
It will always be very special to me because it introduced me to my love
of reading. That was over 30 years ago. Thank you Ms. Whitney!
I have been reading your books since I was 14. There are a few I have
been unable to locate copies of, but I hope to find some .I would love
to know when your autobiography will be released. My thoughts and prayers
to you and your family.
Whitney, I grew up loving your books. Your heroines were so brave and
the plots delightfully terrifying. It was reassuring to know that every
year, I could look forward to a new Phyllis A. Whitney suspense novel.
Life went on, and I read other authors. In 1985, I sold my first romantic
suspense to Harlequin Intrigue. Looking back, I realize you were my first
teacher. I have spent the past thirteen years working on a major novel
with elements of history, magic and mysticism. What a delight, as I come
to the end of this long road, to rediscover you. I'm reading Rainbow in
the Mist and learning all over again from my first and favorite storyteller.
An even greater delight is to find this website and learn that you are
still writing, still inspiring us. I wish you long life, and I thank you
for all that you have given. Sincerely,
I have read and re-read your novels. For years, I watched every year for
your next novel! Your stories are timeless. My favorites are Lost Island,
Step to the Music, Trembling Hills, Skye Cameron, Sea Jade & Quicksilver
Pool. I am still another Library Media Specialist. I readily recommend
your novels to students as young as 5th graders and to teachers who didn't
know your books. I know I don't have to worry about language, sex, or
any other material inappropriate for younger readers. It's also refreshing
for me to read good, clean novels as well! Thank you for your years of
well-written, heart-warming stories.
I started reading your children's books back in the 1960's and graduated
to your novels, I haven't stopped reading them since! I love your books,
and admire you very much.
I enjoy your books, those are wonderful. I have written a letter in 1994
to you and I have got your answer in March 1994. Now that letter is near
by your book "Star Flight". Best regards,
Is this space
for me?? I got all choked up and teary eyed just as the site pulled up
let alone think of something quick to say. I Love this woman. I have read
her since 4th grade. What's that more than 20 years? I cried at a memo
to her readers at last page of one of the books aprx. 15 years ago pertaining
to a sickness or family tragedy. I have read every book that I have known
of with Ms. Whitney's name on it. She is responsible for my later favorites
such as: John Sandford, Stuart Woods, Mary Higgins Clark, Kathy Riechs,
Linda Fairstien, Evan Hunter (a.k.a. Ed McBain) etc. etc. etc. May the
Lord always watch over this woman as her talents have always watched over
me and my bookreading mind.
Hello I am
an avid Phyllis Whitney fan and am collecting her adult mysteries. I have
them all in hardback including dust jacket except two: The Moonflower
and The Red carnelian. Does any one know how I might find them?
is and was very helpful for me. I have looked at many other websites to
find information on her and I thought it was hopeless. Thank you,
your books in 7th grade. 14 years later I still love reading your books!
I love all
of Phyllis A. Whitney's novels and I'm not a person that normally enjoys
I love the
books written by Phyllis Whitney. I look every time I go to a book store
to see if there are any there that I have not read. They are hard to find
in the book stores near me.
I am a big
Phyllis Whitney fan! I've read lots of the young adult mysteries, and
one of the adult suspense thrillers--Black Amber--which is now my favorite
book. Being a CA teen, I'm not the most likely person in the world to
come by these books, but I got Secret of the Spotted Shell, and loved
it. I've been on an eternal quest for more books by Phyllis Whitney ever
you are the best of the best. Nothing compare to you. Your books do so
much for me. I'm a mother of 4 boys, and don't get to travel at all. But
when I read your books, it seems that I travel the whole world. I learn
so much from your writing it unbelievable. I talk so much about you to
people, the places and adventure. I really think that I been there. You
are my vacation with out leaving my home. I happen to find one of you
books in a yard sale (Feather on a Moon) about 10 years ago, and now it
seems I'm on a mission to find all of your books. Once a month I try to
take a day and go search for you books in used book store and flea markets
and yard sale, to find old books, and some time I get lucky and find a
first addition and you would believe how excited I get. Take care Phyllis
and May God be with you. Your number one fan.
Hi, I have
been a reader for many years. I am getting reacquainted because I am looking
for large print books for my elderly mother. Have you ever written a book
with a ME setting?
When I lived
in VA I was like 3 and my mom was Phyllis' Chiropractor. I remember going
to her house. I just started reading her books and they are great.
Whitney is an outstanding author and brings a new chilling meaning to
romance and mystery.
I have several
of Mrs. Whitney's & each & every one of them are wonderful books.
I was wondering if there was any chance I could receive an autographed
picture of Mrs. Whitney. That would be absolutely wonderful...thanks so
I was happy
to find this site and rediscover a favorite from my childhood. Ideas about
girls have changed so much since the 50's. Recently, I came across a 1959
children's book called "Sugar and Spice: the ABC's of Being a Girl"
and wondered why it wasn't listed on the website. I was also curious about
how and why that book came to be written. Thank you for years of pleasurable
I love her
books. She was a great author. Currently, I'm reading Lost Island.
I think I
have read every one of Phyllis Whitney's books. I wish there were new
ones still coming out. She is a great author and I have enjoyed everyone
of her books.
amazing and keeps the reader in suspense til the end. I've read about
3-4 of her books so far and they were all far out. Silverhill was excellent!
is my favorite author, and I took a chance she had a website. Thank you
for countless hours of enjoyment and all the wonderful adventures you've
taken me on.
I just wanted
to say "Thank You" for the gift of your stories over the years.
The first book I read of yours was the "Golden Unicorn" I like
it so much I had to read every book you written and this was all before
high school more then 10 years ago, and I'm still one of your fans.
been a fan of hers for years. Surfing the web & found the site.
books are the only books I enjoy reading. I have red so many but my favorite
is Step to the Music, it's the best.
I have read
all of you adult suspense books; every time I would finish one, I'd eagerly
await the next. I first learned about Ms Whitney through my mother &
I haven't looked back since.......The quality of each of the books that
I have read has been consistent and thoroughly enjoyable. Not once have
I been insulted by off-color language etc and I truly appreciate that.
I have wondered about Ms. Whitney & her health and well-being for
such a long time, that this evening (5-4-2003) I decided to use the web
as a tool to find out about her. And I am glad that I have. I feel very
fortunate to have found this website; I am really not "computer savvy"
nor do I search the internet too often. Thank you for having this site
available. I will put it among my "favorites". God bless.
In 1965 I
read my first Phyllis Whitney book and couldn't wait for the next one
to come out. I have read every one of your books. I have two girls now
18 and 20 they have read all your books also. About two years ago my mother-in-law
was visiting from Texas and found all your books on the shelf and ask
if she could take one. Now she has read them all. You have made three
generations of dreams. Thank you.
the library last week, I saw a shelf by the door marked, "All books
on this rack $1.00". My hobby is raising orchids, so the book,"
Dream of Orchids" quickly caught my eye & I bought it. The book
was a great, insiders visit to the Florida Keys! "Dream of Orchids"
was a story that I couldn't put down! I read that book long into the night!
Reading the story of Iris, Fern & Laurel made it easy to imagine the
warm, tropical & dangerous wind as it made its way through the island.
Today I went back to the library and borrowed "Domino". I can't
wait to start this new story! I feel as though I've found "secret
treasure" in your books. I don't know what's in the treasure chest
yet, but can't wait to start looking! Thank-you, for making reading so
Whitney is my favorite author. I fell in love with her books when I was
a child and still enjoy reading them all today. In my collection of her
books, I am only missing ten that I cannot find. I believe that her way
of telling a story has never been mastered by any one else.
I just love
Phyllis's writing. I have been reading her since Junior high. (I'm now
30). I have been collecting all of her books when I go to used book sales.
I have most of them except the older ones. I won't stop looking until
I have them all. My mom loves to read the books too!
I have been
a fan since I read her young adult books when I was a child. I found this
website because I hadn't heard anything about her in a long time and I
wanted to know how she is doing. I went to google and did a search.
project back in 1971 was to write a letter to my favorite author, of course
Mrs. Whitney, and she was generous enough to write me back! I am now purchasing
her mysteries for the children in our family as I first fell in love with
books reading her "Mystery on the Isle of Skye". My eleven year
old niece will receive the next copy I purchase. Thank you for beginning
me on the road to reading. I haven't stopped yet.
I've always loved reading your books but am now hooked on listening to
the talking books,(even though I've already read the books) especially
when I go walking or in bed. I have to order them through the small local
library, and there is only a limited number available, but I keep persevering!!!
Many thanks for such colourful and sensitive characters. I always feel
I want to visit the settings, they are so vividly described. I can read
books more than once and still get the same enjoyment. I have only just
been initiated into the wonders of the Web, and am so glad to have found
you! You are a wonderful woman, and I wish you well.
Whitney, I have only read 4 of your books, (Dream Orchids, Thunder Heights,
Woman Without a Past, and Window on the Square), but I found them absolutely
intriguing and page-turning. They all convey sadness, angriness, joyfulness,
and mixed emotions. I am a freshman in High School in Pennsylvania, United
Sates, and I,as well as the rest of the freshman and underclassmen, have
to complete our goal of Accelerated Reader points (the points vary from
10-40 points depending on level, the higher the level the more points
you need) I personally have to get 40 points, and with your books at 15-25
points each I can read them and have all of my point requirements, thank
you so very very much for having so much talent, intelligence, intrigue,
and creativity to write such an immense volume of completely and totally
AWESOME books! :-D Thanks again!
books are what turned me on to the wonderful world of mystery novels.
Her characters have so much depth you feel as if you personally know them.
I have read every one of her adult works and many of her juvenile mysteries.
Through the years I have found that no matter what age level she is writing
for she gives one hundred percent. What a talent!
I want you
to know that I had never wanted to read books before I read one of yours!
I think you should be very proud of your accomplishments and take pride
in them! I know that I for one have enjoyed reading so much of your work
and love them all, but by far my favorite is still to this day the first
book I read of yours, The Golden Unicorn. I own 2 copies of this book
and my daughters have them as well. I can't express the enjoyment that
you have given all of us and there is no way possible for me to thank
you enough! But out of a desperate try let me say that it has been my
pleasure to enjoy your work and will continue to do so. Thank you so very
much you have gotten me through so many long and hard times. Sincerely,
I just wanted
to thank Ms. Whitney for her wonderful books. In the 1960's I was a child
finding it difficult to read. I will always recall reading my first book
by this author and lost myself in the story. This moment opened to me
the joy of reading and relating to the characters. Thanks for opening
up new worlds to a young girl back in the 60's.
for all your great books. I have truly enjoyed reading your wonderful
stories. Thanks again.
Whitney, I am delighted to have discovered this website about your life
and your books. You have been one of my favorite authors for the past
42 years and I spent many happy childhood hours reading your mysteries.
Through your stories, I could travel to places I will never visit in person.
You captured the mood of a culture so well with your vivid descriptions
that the images are still with me, years later. Your books weave a magical
spell that transcend time. I've read your stories to my son and he enjoyed
them as much as I did. Thank you so much for creating these wonderful
experiences for your readers---they have truly enriched my life.
has been one of my favorite authors. Now I can share her with my daughter.
I am waiting for the time I can share her with my granddaughter. Thank
you for sharing your wonderful talent. What an incredible gift to have.
Whitney I have enjoyed your books and have visited your website to keep
up latest news of you........Thank you for many wonderful hours of reading
and all the visits to other countries that were so real without having
left my seat
I found this
site through the Whitney Research Group. I am a Whitney descendant doing
genealogy research, was looking at the list of famous Whitneys and clicked
on her name. It is good to know that some of the Whitneys are very talented.
Whitney, I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your books. Having visited
Maui before reading Silversword I must tell you it made for such a great
joy in reading it. I felt like I was living the story. After having read
the book each time I visit Maui now I want to reread the book. Your writing
is fantastic. You deserve the honors received. Thank you for your contributions
I have always
enjoyed Phyllis Whitney's books immensely. Having lived in Campbell Co.
for many years and recently having moved to Lynchburg, I have often traveled
through the little village of Nellysford in Nelson County, Virginia, where
Phyllis Whitney lives with her daughter. I think I have read every adult
book that Mrs. Whitney has written. I especially liked the ones about
I found the
website by just taking a guess on her name. I really love her books and
have for 30 years. I bought the paperbacks as they came out when I was
single and also first married. Later, life got busy and I had no time
for reading. Now that I am a senior citizen, I've begun reading and have
bought all the suspense paperbacks and a good many of the hardcovers of
the same books. I know she is really getting up there in years and hope
she is doing okay. Can you let her know her fans care about her?
Whitney-I am so thrilled to have found your website and to be able to
post this. I have been a huge fan of your books for about 10 years now.
My Mom, who also read your books growing up, gave my first Phyllis Whitney
book to me when I was 13. It was "The Winter People." I still
have the same copy and I continue to read it over and over. I have read
all of your books and I own almost all of them. Thank you so much for
your great literary contributions! By the way, can we expect another book
any time soon?
just finished reading my first book by Ms. Whitney, The Winter People.
I loved it!
Whitney, I read your book mystery of the gulls for an english independent
study and as a french student I really embraced your book. I am looking
forward to presenting in front of the whole class this book. Thank you
so much xoxox
I have just
become involved in reading Amethyst Dreams and am now reading Dream of
Orchids. I don't know where I have been all of my 61 years but these two
books have touched my heart. Ms. Phyllis is a beautiful writer. I am interested
in collecting or reading more of her books. In reading of her age I wondered
if she is still in good health. With such a beautiful smile and a loving
way to write, she truly is a beautiful person.
I have a
large collection of novels by Phyllis A. Whitney which I collected and
read and enjoyed during my teens, twenties, thirties and early forties.
However, after Amethyst Dreams I saw there were no new books so I presumed
Ms. Whitney had passed away. I am elated to discover that she is still
alive and still writing! She is such an inspiration to me as I hope to
start on my own writing career in my fifties! I had given up on finding
good romantic mysteries or novels of any sort to read. Most of what is
published today is trash full of cuss words and indecency, which I find
totally offensive. Thus, I have begun rereading Ms. Whitney's novels.
She is a genius and such a good writer. May God bless this talented woman!
I was looking
thru some old books...and saw my collection of Phyllis Whitney books...I
wondered about her..and did a search..and here I am. I have about 20 of
her adult suspense books; I always eagerly awaited her newest. My collection
ends with "amethyst dreams"..which I judge from your list is
the latest one she has written. I've always enjoyed her books and wish
to thank her for all the many many hours of pleasure I've had reading
her wonderful words.
I have been
reading Ms. Whitney's books since I discovered her fifteen years ago while
still in junior high school. I've read as many of them as I can find,
and I am always amazed at how her books continually transport me to another
place and introduce me to characters I would love to know. I want to extend
my thanks to Ms. Whitney for her continued gifts to her public in the
novels she writes. They have certainly entertained and enthralled me for
years and I always enjoy introducing friends to your books. Best wishes,
reading Phyllis A. Whitney book when I was younger but I have been collecting
her books 5 years ago. Have about 20 and trying to get them all. I love
the way she writes and tells everyone I know who loves to read mysteries
to try her book. Alot are hooked, like me.
for all your wonderful mysteries, I have thoroughly enjoyed them throughout
the years and plan on keeping all my books so I can re-read them!!
I have read
and enjoyed every one of your books. I started reading them in junior
high, and have kept doing so for almost 40 years. Keep writing!
ago I was introduced to Phyllis Whitney's books by a librarian in our
local library. Since then I have read every book the library had on the
shelves and several they ordered from another library. I have enjoyed
later visiting many of the sites she used as locales in her books. Sincerely,
reading Phyllis A. Whitney books in high school. Whenever I had to do
a book report, I would use one of her books. I graduated in 1981 and really
haven't read one of her books since. I wanted to see if she had a website,
and I plan to start reading her books again.
Whitney is my absolute favourite author and although I am only 16, I am
a big fan of her. I came across this website while looking for information
on Phyllis for my English project and essay. I thought she would be a
good candidate for my assignments! This website helped me out a great
deal and gave me a lot of crucial information. Thanks!
Whitney, I have never enjoyed an author as much as I have enjoyed you!
I have read all 39 of your adult suspense novels and am very sad that
I reached the end of the list. Your books never failed to thoroughly involve
my attention. I liked the fact that you used so many different locations.
And it is so refreshing to read a good story that is riveting without
being trashy. You have a true talent. Thank you for many hours of good
Many years ago you were associated with the Children's Literature Correspondence
Course and I was one of your students. After all these years of teaching
in the upper elementary grades with an emphasis on narrative writing,
I am ready to retire and write. I love juvenile fiction and have a wealth
of personal experiences with hundreds of kids. How do I begin????? You
had great advice for me and I used your valuable insight with my students.
I think PLOT is the biggest obstacle for me.
I have been
a Phyllis Whitney fan for years and own 40 of her novels. The last one
I have is "Amethyst Dreams" published in 1997. I was particularly
drawn to this novel because I had moved to a barrier island just south
of Topsail in 1996, and this novel really came alive when I visited Topsail
for the first time. Have any others been published since this one? If
so, may I please have the titles. I have just recently begun rereading
her works and find them as exciting as they were the first time around!
I am back to see if there is a post on that autobiography. I am so looking
forward to it. I first read one of your books when my Mom gave me a stack
of novels to take home when she and Dad sold their home. I loved Silversword
and have been hooked ever since. I scour used book stores ands e-bay to
find some that I have missed.
reading Ms. Whitney's novels again, and I'm happy to have found a site
dedicated to her! I've gotten my mom addicted to Ms. Whitney's novels
as well, so we have a lot of fun discussing them. I actually found out
about Ms. Whitney's books when I was young, and being a fan of mysteries,
I was thrilled to start out on her juvenile mysteries. "The Vanishing
Scarecrow" was my favorite book throughout my childhood. I just want
to say that Ms. Whitney is one of the best; I've read all of Agatha Christie's
books, as well as many of Barbara Michaels'/Elizabeth Peters, and Mary
Higgins Clark, since mystery/suspense is my favorite genre, and Phyllis
Whitney's novels never cease to surprise and intrigue me with their plot
twists. I've been a huge fan since I was a child, and will continue to
be so. Thank you, Ms. Whitney, for writing such wonderful books.
you are such a talented author. I have not read books as wonderful or
as genuine as yours for quite a while.
I just wanted
to let you know that I am a very big fan of yours and that your books
are very interesting to read and keep you in suspense until the very end.
is such a breath of fresh air! She has such a charming and endearing quality
to her writing that makes you feel as though she is an old friend, one
that you've known forever, who is telling you a story of some people she
once heard of. Ms. Whitney is absolutely one of the best authors that
I have ever seen! I just happened to pick up "Amethyst Dreams"
one day at a book sale, and after reading it, I had to go out and buy
as many of her books as I could find!
just finished "Domino". A great book! The passage on the last
page of chapter 7 is haunting. "How utterly lonely and abandoned...
...-lost history, never to be recovered." My hobby is researching,
visiting and photographing old ghost towns & mining camps. The pictures
that this book paints are spectacular! I know the general area that "Domino"
is in. Is the story based on a specific ghost town? I'd be interested
to find out. Regards,
I have enjoyed
many of your books starting with Domino which I picked up at random from
a table in a library probably right after the first publication. As a
writer, I aspire to emulate your romance without sex and children's writing.
My articles have been published in many magazines but I have yet to sell
a novel. Thanks for hours of pleasurable reading in the last 23 years.
You have made my life happier with your wonderful writing. From the moment
I picked up Red is for Murder, at the age of 25, I have been hooked on
your books. I have always enjoyed mysteries, but all too often I was able
to solve them long before the book ended. However, that was not the case
with your books. That is why I love them so! My daughter, age 23, has
just started reading from my collection, and it won't be long before she
has read them all. There are several books of yours which I do not yet
have, but am still searching. The internet certainly makes that job simpler.
I really appreciate the book lists on this site, as they are very helpful
in completing my collection. I am especially interested in the books on
writing, since I dream of being a writer. I eagerly await your autobiography,
and have not given up on the hope that one day I might meet you.
I use to
read your books all the time and for some reason got away from reading
for a while and now that I have time where can I find them. Which book
store carries your books these days?
I have enjoyed
the children's mysteries as well as your wonderful adult books. My husband
and I have enjoyed going to the places in your books. We especially enjoyed
Chimney Rock NC., Harpers Ferry, WV and New Palz NY. Some day we hope
to see some of the other areas in your books. Thank you for sharing your
talents in this way. You have made the USA an exciting place to many that
might not ever get to these places.
I am always
amazed when I read one of your books --- from the first to the latest
-- how much I enjoy it and cannot believe you are still -- writing wonderful
stories and I hope you live forever.
I just love your books and really do enjoy each of them. You have a talent
in taking us readers to daring and terrific places. I always look forward
to new books and I have tried to collect all of your published books in
hard back and paper back. Thanks for giving me the honor to read your
writings, what a treat!!! Looking forward to a new adventure.
Whitney, My husband is currently serving in Operation Iraqi freedom and
has been gone for many months. Before deploying, we decided We would read
the same books at the same time and then have discussions about the books
via airmail or email whichever he could access. I've been reading your
books for years and have most of them in hard cover, so I ordered paperbacks
of my favorites. Right now, we are reading Step to the music which is
about war, and even though this one is not a mystery it is so well written
and heart-felt my soldier does not mind reading a romantic novel! We already
read Silversword and were recently stationed in Hawaii for three years.
My husband was so shocked at your perfect descriptions of Maui and Oahu
We went to many of the same places! We both felt home in the Islands again!
next is Vermillion, I thought he would enjoy this one too! I read other
authors as we all do, but no one writes and captures the readers as you
do. I don't think there are any of your adult books I have not read. This
troubles me I want you to write for 60 more years! I adore you, I really
do and I suspect there is a very masculine soldier who will continue to
read your books when he gets home! thanks for all the years you have given
to your craft, no one is finer! I wonder, which is your favorite of all
the books you've written? Thanks,
just read your book for my english final project. It was so good I couldn't
put it down. Keep up the good work.
I have enjoyed
Phyllis Whitney's books for over thirty years. I started with the children's
mysteries when I was 11 or 12 and progressed to the adult and youth novels
a couple of years later. My grandmother also enjoyed her works and listened
to them on tape after she went blind in later life. I have read all of
the children's and adult novels and the fact that I didn't get to read
some of the youth novels was only because they were out of print. I have
always enjoyed good writing and other artistic pursuits- I am a musician!
Thanks for many years of great escape!
Hi Ms. Whitney!
I have read all of your books and I have been anxiously awaiting another
since 1997. I decided to search the internet and see if I could find out
if you were still writing and I just happened upon your website. I was
thrilled!!! I just had to drop you a line to tell you that you have touched
my life and my imagination with your books. I began to realize a love
for reading when I was in my mid teens and I can honestly say that you
were and still are my first favorite author. I started reading your books
when I was around 14 or 15. I am now 34 and still remember how compelling
they were and how much I enjoyed reading them. I remember how I used to
read up until 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning and have to get up to go to
school the next morning...boy, that was tough but I just couldn't put
your books down!! I miss your wonderful stories..you are truly gifted
and one of a kind. P.S. Do you think you'll write another one? I'm a medical
transcriptionist and I'll type it for you for free...PLEASE!!!!
reading your books in my teen years and always looked forward to the new
one coming out. I even got my mother hooked on to them. The books were
very hard to put down, and when I finished them quickly I would regret
reading them so fast since I would have a long wait for the next one.
I till today will get an old book from my home library and read it again.
It is always a great joy to read your books, you have a great gift that
you have shared with us. Thank you.
I have been
reading Phyllis Whitney for more than thirty years and recently have started
rereading all of my books of hers. She always manages to surprise me with
the ending of each book. I thoroughly enjoy her writing. Thank You Ms.
I like to
read alot so when I saw a new interesting looking book (secret of the
samurai sword) I checked it and the mystery of the golden horn out immediately.
I am so very
excited to locate this web site! I have read every mystery book that she
has written, including her book, Guide to Fiction Writing. As most people
who respond to your site, I'm sure, writing a novel is something I have
tried to write many times. I begin, then I read a book that she has written,
or, an Agatha Christie, Mary Stewart, or some other such author, and I
realize that the words do not carry the same weight. So, I save what I
have written, and shut down my computer. For several years I have tried
to find information concerning Ms. Whitney. I'm thrilled to find her celebrating
her 99th year of life, and to discover she is working on an autobiography.
Is there any way to find out when it will be released? I have admired
her writings for over forty years. Her style, her gift for suspense, allowing
her readers to momentarily visit a distant place, the ability to develop
her characters so well that they truly come alive, these are the qualities
that keep Whitney fans, like myself, returning to her books time after
enjoying your books for many years. Thank you
was one of my favorite authors when I was a teenager, and I have continued
to read and make note of her books since then. I am very happy to learn
that she is still alive and active at this advanced age!
I am very
happy and joyous to finally be able in this time and age to communicate
with you. I have a lot of your books and someday hopefully own all that
I can. Your books are a blessing to me. I can see, smell, and taste every
sentence and the journeys have entertained as well as calmed me in times
of trouble. Thank You from the bottom of my heart for the time you shared
with the world and though I probably won't ever meet you, I know in my
heart as your characters have proved, nothing is always as they seem and
wishes do come true. God Bless you,
I have been
reading Phyllis A. Whitney books since the 1970s. In fact, tonight I realized
I didn't have any "new" fiction to read so I went to my library
and picked out one of your books from my collection, "Window on the
Square", to read once again. That prompted me to go to the computer
and look up this favorite author. I'm glad to know you are still writing.
I certainly would love a new mystery from you. Congratulations on keeping
young by writing. You are an inspiration to all of us. We, your fans,
You are my
favorite writer of all time! I started reading your juvenile mysteries
as a child and loved them, even more than the Nancy Drew series. I remember
checking out "Winter People" from my high school library and
being amazed at such a well-crafted, intriguing story. I have read almost
every one of your adult mysteries ( I savor them since they are so wonderful),
and I have your "Guide to Fiction Writing". I extend a heartfelt
Thank You for all of the years of wonderful reading you have given so
many fans, this one included. The best to you always!
What an inspiration you are to me! In the early '80's I was introduced
to your books by a co-worker when I was joining the Literary Guild and
needed to choose my books. I was 19 years old when I received my shipment
from the club and read "The Golden Unicorn" and was captured
by you. I didn't want the book to end. I am planning on rereading it sometime
this year. It was one of my favorite books that I ever read. I have since
read all of your books. I wrote to you in the late '80's and still have
the correspondence that you sent me. I will be turning 40 next month (July
23) and have been working on some writing myself. You were the inspiration
for me that began the curiosity and drive for me to begin writing. I am
getting married in October (my second) and my future husband loves the
things that I write. Rob is such an encouragement to me and he inspires
me to be the best "me" that I possibly can be. I have suggested
your books to countless people who want to begin mysteries but aren't
sure that they can handle the content. You have done it tastefully! And
I thank you for that! Have a wonderful day and enjoy the blessings that
it brings. Just as you have and continue to be a blessing to us! Take
is without a doubt my absolute favorite author! I have read all her books
- some several times! No one else compares!
have a wonderful and safe 2003.
Dear Ms Whitney,
it was with great pleasure that I found your wonderful website while I
was beginning my search to complete my collection of your books. I sincerely
enjoyed reading the story of your life and was so happy to find out you
are still alive and doing well!!! You have been my favorite author for
as long as I can remember and your stories have helped me to escape during
some of the most difficult times of my life. Your portrayal of strong
female characters is very refreshing and the incredible descriptions of
locations and presentations of history in your novels really help to transport
a reader right into the story. I can never express how much pleasure I
have gotten from reading and re-reading each story but I must thank you
sincerely for all of your hard work. I cannot wait to read your autobiography.
I do sincerely hope you are well and that you had a wonderfully Happy
Mr. Tyo and
Ms. Whitney, I was surfing the web looking for new books by my favorite
authors and found your site. I started reading Phyllis Whitney's mysteries
when I was in junior high and haven't stopped. I was surprised to read
that she/you lived in San Antonio for a time. I'm a native San Antonian.
WOW! Small world! I really enjoy her/your writing style, especially how
she/you incorporates the cultural and geographical aspects of the setting.
Thanks for taking me to many exotic settings and for encouraging me to
dream. I found my love for reading through her/your books. Thanks from
the bottom of my heart.
my name is Phyllis, also. I read many of your mysteries when I was in
high school, and still love your writing. And still love mysteries. I
think I was always drawn to your books, first because of your name, and
second because they're good. I'm glad to know you are still able to write.
I, personally, am a poet. But I love to write short stories, as well.
I have a poetry website at www.dreampoet.net. I know that your writing
has been one of the influences in my own writing, although I have never
ventured out to have any of my stories published. Between you, Terri Blackstock,
and Nancy Moser, I would say I've had some pretty good writing models.
I have and have read every adult mystery that you have written. You were
my company during the years when my late army veteran husband was so ill.
I continue to read and enjoy your novels. Thank you for being there.
for Phyllis Whitney and came to this site. I have been reading her books
for over twenty years and have enjoyed every single one. I can't wait
for the autobiography. Keep up the good work.
I work in
Scunthorpe Central Library, England and although I read Phyllis Whitney
books many years ago I find that they are very popular and I was interested
to find our more about her. I think probably because I read them in my
youth I was interested to see that people of all ages and gender are still
reading them. I am delighted with the information from the website. It
would be amazing to be able to do a display round about her 100th birthday.
Thank you Ms Whitney for hours of enjoyment and long may you reign 'Queen
I have read
Phyllis' books for many years; I started collecting them about 1990. I
would like to have the whole collection. Some of the books I have are
not in very good condition, however, I'm glad to have them.
I'm a supervisor
in a high school media center/library. I wanted a book to read and we
have quite a few written by Phyllis Whitney. I'm half way through my first
book, Silverhill, and am thoroughly enjoying it. I'm looking forward to
reading more of her work.
I have enjoyed
these books since I was in the fifth grade. I am now a 34 year old and
still enjoy reading the books I fell in love with. Phyllis Whitney books
were the first adult books I ever read. Although I always enjoyed reading,
her books definitely made me hunger for more. Thank you Ms. Whitney for
giving us so many wonderful books to fill our lives.
Whitney, thank you for so many wonderful stories. You were one of my mother's
favorite writers. She continued to read and enjoy your books via tapes
from the blind. You brought her so much company. You helped her to travel
to places she could not physically travel to. She introduced you to me,
and because of your books, I finally began a love to read. I traveled
to Ashville with my son John. We drove past Esmerelda Inn on our way to
Chimney Rock. It was so exciting to see these places. Most of all, I thank
you for the hours of companionship you brought to my mother. Sincerely,
I am so thrilled
to find this web site. I stumbled upon it by accident when using dogpile.com
to do a metasearch. I have always wished for a website on Phyllis Whitney,
but had been unable to find one. I have been a fan of hers since I first
picked up one of her books. I had always loved mysteries, but had no idea
she existed. I think she is the greatest mystery writer of all time. She
most definitely is my favorite author! I haven't had a chance yet to explore
the website, but certainly plan on it. One thing I am hoping to discover
is a book list of everything Mrs. Whitney has written. I collect her books
and want to make sure my collection is complete. Thanks so much for this
I just finished
reading the biography portion of this site. I was astounded to find out
that Phyllis Whitney is still alive and writing at the age of 99! I am
so thrilled. Does anyone know if there is an address to send her mail?
I have always wanted to tell her how much her books have meant to me.
I also read that she was working on her autobiography. Does anyone have
a clue as to how soon that will be out?
Hi Ms. Whitney,
do you have any genealogical info on the Heege's other than what is written
on your web-site. I'm pretty sure I'm related to the Heege's mentioned,
but I can't seem to connect them with my family. If Gus Heege's father
was Johannes Heege N.Y.C (originally from Germany) than there is surely
a connection. Thanks for your time. Been trying to connect Phillip Heege
with my family for awhile now. Especially since he was an actor and I
have done some acting myself. If you have any answers to this puzzle,
I would truly appreciate it. Sincerely,
Whitney, I am looking on this website because I have decided to do a research
paper about your life and works. Part of my assignment is to try to get
into touch with you or at least make some kind of contact. Since you are
like 100 years old (Wow!! I hope I live that long!) I don't expect to
actually hear from you but one of the people who made this website would
be cool. Anyway, thank you for entertaining me!!!
Hi, I am
here quite often. I am so glad to see Mrs. Whitney's books are on cassette
now. I am very busy all the time as a lot of people are these days. This
way I can still enjoy her stories! I love this! But I do have one question.
Please tell us Whitney fans when her autobiography will be out. If not
when, at least let us know how it is going. I think I speak for everyone
who reads her books when I say we can't wait to read this one. So, please
give us some kind of news as we are very anxious to read it. Always a
loyal Whitney fan,
during the 7th grade, I discovered Phyllis Whitney books. It has been
so long that the title escapes me. I have recommended her books to my
granddaughter who is 14. My daughter started reading Phyllis Whitney's
books in Middle School. I hope to be able to read her Autobiography. She
is a great writer of mystery & suspense.
I was introduced
to Whitney books as a very young girl by my mother, an avid fan. I love
her books so much & I think I have them all. Her stories are so much
better than much of what is written today. Her work is exciting, the love
stories grand & above all they are uplifting. I would recommend them
I read a
book I couldn't put down in the 50's at the bookmobile. All my adult life
I wondered what it was. Finally in the Denver Colorado library they asked
me what I could remember. "A mystery about a Green Cat" is all
I remembered. I didn't know the author or exact title. They found the
book and I checked it out from the archives and read it in one sitting!
Yep that was it. Phyllis Whitney! I was so excited that I shared with
my dental assistant and she bought me a copy from the internet! I've enjoyed
reading her books ever since. I still can't put them down! I feel like
I'm there when I read. She's the best. I have a dream of writing my own
novel some day but would have to go to the Yucatan to research the site!
Someday. She inspires me to do it!
I have read
nearly every book by Mrs. Whitney. I loved her books as a child and rediscovered
them as an adult. I kept watching for a new one and finally after about
three years or so of waiting, I checked her out on the internet and I
have my answer. She is 99! Wow! Congratulations and thanks for many years
of reading enjoyment. I love the intrigue and "safe" nature
of her books. I never had to worry about sauciness between the sexes but
always enjoyed sweet romance which no doubt is in the heart of every woman.
I recently had a non-fiction book published of my own and know the thrill
of producing one's own work. I wish I could find some of her earlier books,
particularly the juvenile - the library removed them from the youth dept.
saying kids don't read them today. Poppykosh! Thanks for the web site
and info. I will look for her autobiography. Sincerely,
Whitney: I have just finished reading "Star Flight", "Daughter
of the Stars" and "Amethyst Dreams" for the third time!!!
Whenever, I feel like I need a break from the hectic schedule of working
and being a mother of two young boys, I reach for a Phyllis Whitney novel
to relax with. I am forty years old and have been reading your books since
I was in high school. I guess I can always depend on your books to take
me to some exotic and interesting place that I have never been in my few
minutes of spare time that I have available each day! Sometimes I take
your novels in the bathroom with me and make believe that I'm doing something
in there, but I'm really trying to finish a chapter in one of your books!!
My husband and boys haven't caught on yet!!! I really love your descriptions
of places that I know I'll probably never get too, but somehow, in my
mind, I already feel like I've been there too. I have mostly all of your
adult suspense novels and I cherish being able to step into your world
from time to time. Thanks for all the hours of reading pleasure you have
provided me! I'm really glad that I can finally let you know how much
I've enjoyed your novels!!!
new books today and decided to inventory the books that I have. When I
realized my collection of Whitney books I took a chance that there might
be a site. I have purchased most of her books by finding them at used
book stores and do not understand how they end up there. I cherish each
book that I find and will soon have a complete collection.
I just wanted
to say Hi and to thank you for giving me many hours of enjoyment with
your books. I have been handicapped all my life and activities were limited,
so your books gave me an escape. Again thank you, you are loved more than
you will ever know.
like it was yesterday that day my 8th grade Language Arts teacher at Thurston
Junior High in Springfield gave me a copy of Columbella to read. It was
in 1969. I went on to read every one of your books I could find! I read
you through high school, college, raising two sons, and even now...when
I find one of your books I haven't read yet!! Now, I am an 8th grade Language
Arts teacher. As I encourage my students in the love of reading, I cite
my experience of reading your books. When I teach about writing, I share
your research ideas. You continue to inspire. Thank you.
just discovered your books. Before this I wasn't a keen reader. Now I
can't put your books down and am sorry they end. I want the stories to
continue forever. I have exhausted all your books in my local library
and they are currently searching for more for me.
I have been
reading her novels since I was a young teenager and have read and re-read
almost all of them!!
mystery writer! Hope she can write for 80 more years.
you are great!..Love your books and really enjoyed your web site. Just
got my Mom (84yrs young) reading your books. She was thrilled to see your
site and read about all or your accomplishments. God Bless You,
Whitney, The first suspense novel I read as a young girl was "Blue
Fire" and at age 39, your stories are still my favorites. I have
read every one! I think perhaps "Listen for the Whisperer" is
my favorite. Thank you for many, many hours of pleasure.
favorite author! I have collected your books for years and have most all
of them. Thanks for all the great times you have given me.
I am trying
to remember the title of one of my favorite mystery books from childhood.
I remember a character named Estrelita and a star-shaped emerald pin,
but little else. Could I be thinking of _The Secret of the Emerald Star_?
Any help you could give me would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
I love her
books. I am totally amazed that she is so active and is still writing
- how wonderful!!!
Whitney, it was a pleasure to find this website. I came upon it because
I simply was wondering how you were doing, it's been awhile since you
last book. I'm so delighted to hear your well, and still enjoying writing.
You've given me much pleasure in my life, and sometimes a wonderful escape
from everyday problems. You always took me on an exploration of new places.
I learned much about our beautiful United States from you stories. As
a matter of fact, my husband and I are off to VA next fall, and one of
the reasons I choose this trip, is because of your book, Daughter of the
Stars. Just want to thank you for your wonderful stories, and God bless
I have read
all your books since 1965. Thank you.
Golden Unicorn" was my first adult book that I ever read. When I
about 12 and was bored with the young adult books, the librarians in my
town recommended Phyllis A. Whitney. I have read her faithfully ever since.
I am only missing about five books to my collection.
I first read
your book "The Winter People" while I was in school, and loved
it!! I have almost all of your books, although I can see by the list I
still have a few more to read. I have to say that "Rainbow in the
Mist" has been my favorite, so far. Thank you for sharing your talent.
I was wondering
when Mrs. Whitney plans to have her autobiography finished and if she
plans on writing any more fiction? I have read them all and I think my
favorites are window on the square and sea jade, but I love them all!
up Phyllis Whitney's name to see if she were still writing. I knew she
had to be in her 90s. I have read every single one of her novels. She
is my all time favorite author. I am always hoping that she will come
out with one more book before she retires. I'm happy to hear that she
is writing her autobiography! She is GREAT! I am 53 and have enjoyed her
books since I started reading them in 4th grade, 1959.
I would like
to know what publishers Mrs. Whitney recommends to send prospective books
to, and are there any agents she could recommend. I love all of her books
and have all of them. They are to be donated to our school library in
the event of my death, with the exception of a few that I will leave to
my son. They are my greatest treasures. I love to reread them and escape
this "earthbound" life and travel to another time and space.
Her writing does that for me.
In 1950 (I
was 12) I wrote you a letter telling you how much I enjoyed Mystery of
the Gulls. You responded with a lovely letter along with an autographed
brochure indicating that you had won the Reynal & Hitchcock Award
Book honor. I saved your letter and just came across it recently in my
files. I was so pleased to learn that you had celebrated your 99th Birthday.
Thank you for all the pleasure you have given us with your books.
I'm Katie from MN and had to read a book for english and then do a synopsis.
I choose "Window on the Square" and I am stilling reading it.
So far it is really good! Thanks for writing a good book!
I read "The
Silver Inkwell" in 1945 when I was 12 years old and always remember
it as one of my favorite. It also was the inspiration to write and have
been writing poetry ever since. My daughter is now a published author
and I think she has some of my created genes. So thanks Phyllis for "The
Silver Inkwell" you started it all.
site!! I have been reading Ms Whitney's books for about 16 years. The
first when we were living in Japan!! By the info on the website I found
out she had lived there all most all of her teen years. How interesting.
After reading the first book I haunted the base library and had copies
of her books sent to me from the states. I think I have read all her adult
books and will start looking for her others soon. My best to Ms. Whitney!
and Thank you for all the exciting lives I have lived through your books!!
reading Phyllis Whitney books since I was introduced to them in high school
in the late 60's. I've read and reread most of Ms Whitney's books and
have many in my own personal library. My favorite and most read book is
I have been
reading Phyllis Whitney books for years. I have collected her books and
plan on passing them on to my daughter. Her stories keep you from beginning
you are one of my favorite mystery writers! I have enjoyed reading every
one of the books you wrote that I could put my hands on and hunger for
more. I wish you great health and happiness and can't wait to ready your
What a wonderful
gift you have. I've read most of your books...several times. I enjoy the
fact that my daughter now reads them.
for all the hours of reading pleasure I've had reading your books over
the years. Your books are among my most treasured, and many have been
read several times over.
I have read
many of your books. Having a military based upbringing, I have also lived
in many of the places in which your books are based. This adds to my interest
in the stories, as I can relate somewhat.
I have been a fan and avid reader of yours from the first book I bought
of yours called: The Mystery of the Gulls. 1960 It was a Scholastic book
with a Yellow cover and sea gulls floating over Mackinaw Island MI. I
live in Canton Mi now. I wish you well and thanks for the many suspenseful
I am a reader
of your books, I can't get through with a book of yours without wondering
when your next one comes out. I have been able to find any new ones since
the last one you wrote feather on the moon. Do you have any since then?
Again I just live reading your books, I can't put them down until I finish
them. Let me know about any of your new ones, thanks,
I am 12 years
old and already hooked on your books! They are my total favorite!! Well
the 1st one I've read is "The Turquoise Mask" oh my gosh it
was great I cant wait to read the next book I just checked out called
"vermilion" Another Author I like is Caroline B. Cooney, just
because I like mysteries thanks for your GREAT novels
Hey I am
a big fan of your work and I especially liked the SECRET OF THE SAMURAI
SWORD book. I'm 13 and I hope you keep on writing such exciting books.
I have been
a fan for years and have been looking for new books by Phyllis A. Whitney
and thought I would see if there was a web site. And sure enough. Thank
you so much.
Whitney: I recently finish reading your "Star Flight". I enjoyed
it very much. I would like to send the cover to you in hopes that you
may autograph it for me. Please let me know. Thanks for all the wonderful
books which let me escape.
You are one
of my favorite authors! My grandma and I love to read your books. She
has read all of them in the Adult suspense and I have almost read all
of them. I want to be a writer when I grow up and you are a good example
of the kind of writer I would like to become. Thank you.
I have read your books for many decades. I appreciate the suspense and
mystery of your novels yet leaving much to the readers imagination. I
have started re-reading your novels because I love to escape to places
I have never visited but feel like I have after reading your novels. You
are the best there is. Thank you
Whitney, I began reading your books as a child, and have never stopped.
You are, indeed, a master storyteller, and it was your novels which first
made me think about writing my own. Like you, my entire career has been
spent around words and writing--newspaper reporting after college and,
for the last twenty years, working in the local library. From you, I learned
how to salt a scene with facts, making the setting come alive for readers.
I am thrilled to have published three novels of romantic suspense and
hope to publish many more in the future, always using your example of
excellence as my goal. I like to read my way through your novels, in chronological
order, and when I've finished, start all over again. You have given me
hours of reading pleasure throughout my lifetime and for that I will be
forever grateful. My best wishes to you, always.
by! I searched for this site. I have been waiting for your new book to
come out!!!!! I have all your books. I have been reading your books for
almost 30 years now. I've read some of your childrens' books and hope
to collect all of them too. If anyone has any pointers as to where to
find them, I am open to suggestions. Way to go. God Bless You and keep
up the great work.
Phyllis for writing such marvelous intriguing books! My favorite book
is "Hunter's Green". I have been reading your books since I
was fifteen years old, and you are still my favorite author (I am 39).
Dear Ms Whitney,
I discovered your books when I was a teenager in the mid 60's. I have
been an avid reader of yours ever since. Thank you so much for the hours
of pleasure your books have given me. Especially as I have re-read them
numerous times! I look forward to your autobiography.
You are my
favorite writer. I have read all your books. Some more than once! You
caught us in your book story-the first page or the second page. SO GOOD.
I just wanted to say thanks very much for all the good reading and enjoyment.
In God's love,
I was flipping through the books downstairs and I saw yours entitled "The
Golden Unicorn". This is the first book of yours I've read, but I'm
sure I will read more. The Golden Unicorn will be a story I never forget.
The amazing story line kept me tightly drawn into the entrancing life
of Courtney Marsh. I found even when I wasn't reading the book I was still
thinking about it and trying to figure out the plot. I've been looking
through all the titles of your books and I really can't decide what to
read next, I was wondering if you could give me some suggestions on some
of your favorites. I want to be a writer too, I've started a couple stories
of my own. Thank you very much.
I work at
a place where we can listen to headphones while we type. Some others listen
to music yet the vast majority of us keep the library very busy with audio
books. I must say that I go first to this wonderful womans section before
any other. I have read nearly all of her novels and they are wonderful
works that help make a monotonous job fly by!
I have several
favorite writers, but Phyllis is on the top of the list. Her writing entertains
me very much. I have not found all of her books, but did not discover
her until the late 60's. I really like the hardback books the best, they
last longer, and I read them over and over.
Hi, I just
happen to need something to read while I was visiting my mother in the
early 70's. She told me I might like Snowfire. That got me hooked. It
was the best I had read in a long time. Since then I have read and bought
every book I could find that you have wrote. I look at estate sales and
book stores. I do find a few, not many. I collect your books now. I have
a lot of your first editions. Total to date is 38. Still looking. God
A great prolific
writer....She holds me spellbound for hours on end!! I thoroughly enjoy
Phyllis Whitney's novels!
is still the best her books are so good that I find myself rereading them
with just as much enthusiasm as I did the first time I read them. Thank
you so very much for writing such interesting books
seeking a copy of THE SILVER INKWELL (a book for young adults). Willing
to pay $100.00 for a book in readable condition. Cover, creases, notations,
tears - all are acceptable.
Whitney - you have always been my Hero! I was thrilled to find this website
just now because I've been looking for a way to reach you for 5 years.
Tonight I typed "Phyllis A. Whitney" as a "search"
and up you popped - finally! May the Lord bless you as you near your 100th
birthday - my own great-aunt made it to 110! You are a strong, vital woman
and I so very greatly admire you! I have been wanting an opportunity to
thank you for all your work and let you know what an impact you have made
on my life regarding reading and writing. I started reading your books
as a girl in the early 70's, and I could never get enough. My very favorites
would have to be "Mystery On the Isle of Skye", and "Columbella",
both of which I read over and over - I'll have to start my own collection.
Thank you so much for many, many hours of reading pleasure, travel to
far away places, education on many topics, introducing me to Skye and
keeping me awake nights shivering in suspense with "Columbella"
(no matter how many times I read it!). You are such a treasure and have
touched so many lives. Thank you, thank you. With warmest regards and
I just "rediscovered"
you, having read your books as a teenager in the 1960's. I'm a teacher
now and saw "Star Flight" on the shelves in the Media Center.
What a delight to find that it is set in one of my favorite spots - Lake
Lure, North Carolina. I can see all of the places that you describe, so
it is just like being there. Thank you for all of your wonderful books
over the years.
I have been
reading Phyllis A. Whitney since I was a child and think she is the best
mystery writer. I admire all of her works.
Whitney: I was so tickled to find your website and know that you will
celebrate your 100th birthday this year! Congratulations, and thanks so
much for your years of wonderful writing. I've been reading your books
since I was a girl in the '60's. I'm delighted to know you're working
on an auto-biography.
reading your books when I was 12 years old, I think they were the first
"adult" books that I read. I am now 39 and still enjoy them.
I love the different locations you pick for each story. I find myself
wanting to visit the different places you have written about. I found
this sight while looking for a list of all your books to see if I have
missed any. Thank you so much for the many hours you have helped me get
away from it all by becoming lost in one of your stories.
I have enjoyed your books for years. I really did not know you wrote the
juvenile and young people novels until a few years ago. I have all but
four (4) of your adult mysteries and I am working on getting them. I have
started collecting and reading the juvenile and young people books since
I found out about them. I will let my grandchildren read them, that is
after I have read them!! Thank you for hours of wonderful reading.
Whitney: I am so glad to come upon your website and find out that you
are doing well. I have enjoyed uncountable hours reading your books and
can honestly say that I would become so engrossed that the characters
would almost become my friends and as much as I wanted to finish the book
I could not help but be a little sad when it was over. However, because
of your hard work, I would immediately begin another one and make new
friends all over again. I would just like to thank you for years of enjoyable
I wanted to know more about you as a person as I have read your books
ever since I was a child of ten, in CA, I don't believe there is a writer
today that equals you. You never write two stories the same, they always
keep you guessing and you always learn some interesting facts about the
area and history of the place you are wring about. Plus you never go for
sensationalism by putting in gratuitous sex and bad language into you
books! Thank you for all the great work!
A. Whitney is my all time favorite author. I used to say she couldn't
write her books fast enough for me. I am now 71, will be 72 on April 2nd
of this year. I have diabetes which has caused a problem with my eyesight
and can't read much now but I get the talking books from the Library.
I requested books by Phyllis but there is a problem getting them. They
are much too much in demand. I did get THE EBONY SWAN yesterday and just
finished listening to it today. I don't know when I will get another one
but will check my mail box every day looking for more. I was an avid reader
and read everything I could get my hands on. I really miss being able
to read. I really admire Miss. Whitney, her books are exciting but without
bad language, which is something I like. I WISH HER THE BEST OF EVERYTHING.
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