Since the debut of the The Official PHYLLIS A. WHITNEY Web site in July of 1999, thousands of visitors have taken the time to sign our guestbook. From around the world, people of all ages and backgrounds have written expressing their fondness for Phyllis Whitney's books. Below are some recent entries in the guestbook. You can also view all of the guestbook entries by year.
-- Philip W. Tyo, Founder and Webmaster
Year 2009 entries in the Phyllis A. Whitney guestbook. So far...
Loved the Ebony Swan. It's the only book of yours
that I know I have read but I will be looking for the others.
What a joy to pick up "The Singing Stones"
and find it to take me back to my beloved Nelson County. How I miss the
places she wrote about!
Enjoyed you site..found through google...write
to P.A. Whitney when in 5th grade and told her I wanted to be an author
when I grew up because I loved her mysteries now at the age of 50 I am
starting to assemble my 1st childrens book with my 9yr old daughter. I
will never forget her kind words and hand written reply even until this
day what a warm and wonderful soul.
Such a loss! I've read Phyllis Whitney's books
since the 1960's. I still have each of them, though not every book she
has written. I am sad there will be no more books by her. I'm glad we
had her for 104 years. My condolences to her family.
I was so saddened to learn of her death. She
will be greatly missed. I have read all of her books which I started when
I was in high school. I had just started to re-read her books and wanted
a booklist of all her titles. That is how I learned of her passing. The
literary world has lost a wonderful soul.
I will always miss Phyllis Whitney. For 40 years
I could not wait for Mr. Whitney's newest book. Imagine my feeling of
sadness to hear of her retirement and death. I do not believe there is
no one in todays authors that can write like Phyllis Whitney. She is sorely
Thank you for this website -- I didn't know Ms
Whitney had passed away until I read it elsewhere. I remember reading
many of Ms Whitney's books as a pre-teen and teenager. I can picture,
in my head, the exact place in the library that held her books. While
I'd already established a love of reading by the time I found her books
-- they helped continue that love and for that I'm forever grateful.
Phyllis A. Whitney is, has been, and always will
be my most favorite author of all times. I have a special book shelf in
my living room to display only my Phyllis A. Whitney books. I found this
site by accident when I was just browsing the web and did a search for
her, several years ago. I keep checking back every once in a while. I
was so saddened by her death.
Phyllis Whitney and I share the same first name.
I love to read, my escape from reality, I guess. I have read and re-read
her books over my 65+ years. They are as fresh and exciting as if I am
reading them for the first time. Phyllis Whitney will be greatly missed.
What a wonderful writer she was. I remember reading
The Stone Bull in high school. I will never forget it. This book sparked
my interest in reading. That was over 25 years ago. The Stone Bull stands
out as one of the best books I have ever read.
my friend, pat, searches for phyllis whitney
books at every garage sale, bookstore, thrift store and will ask people
if they have any... we have printed a list of ms. whitney's books and
pat is marking off all she read, and i'm sure she will be on the hunt
for the books she hasn't read...
I have been a Phyllis A. Whitney fan for MANY
years! I have not found a single book that has not afforded me hours of
reading enjoyment! I have so appreciated her writings and I am in the
process of collecting all of her books. There are still a very few that
I haven't read, as yet, but I am always on the look-out for those she
has the wonderful ability to capture your attention, fully, in the first
few pages. I have enjoyed them so much that I have read some of them over
again. Thank you for this website. I truly enjoy reading of her life.
I was never an avid reader until I picked up
one of Phyllis Whitney's books. She brought the written word to life for
me! No one could write like her! I am truly thankful to her for the wonderful
gift she has given me! Once I'd pick up one of her books I couldn't put
it down until I read the very last word! Her style of writing is addictive
to me. My sons knew when they were growing up that when I had one of her
books & had cracked the cover that I'd be engrossed in the adventure
until all were safe & true love won out!! She is sorely missed!!
I started reading Ms. Whitney's books when I
was a young teenager. I loved her style, and she is still my favorite
author some 30 years later. Her books always made you feel as if you could
see all that she wrote as if you were watching a movie. I'm thankful she
lived a long life and gave us so many treasures. May she rest in peace.
I read my first Phyllis Whitney book in high
school and continued to enjoy them for years. I'm now an author myself,
and I'm certain it's due, at least in part, to her influence on me. What
a special lady she was. I only wish I had thanked her personally.
I just came on her web-site and am so sad to
know that she passed away, although I knew she quite elderly. I haven't
visited the web-site for some time. Phyllis Whitney was my favorite author,
starting to read her books when I was in my early teens. I have just about
every book she wrote and to this day, I have re-read most of them. She
was a wonderful writer, keeping one's interest to the very end of the
book. She will be missed and as far as I am concerned, there aren't authors
out there today, that write stories like she did.
Since I was about 12 years old I have read Ms
whitneys wonderful books and at 61 I am still reading them. I have all
of her books in my bookcase, cherished friends that I have moved from
house to house always close enough to take down and read and feel happy
and satisfied. My daughter now reads them and my hubbie and son move them
and help me keep them dustfree and available, so Ms Whitney has been a
part of every life experience and I am grateful to her for the joy she
has brought me.
I had been reading an excerpt of star flight
at the end of the ebony swan and was curious about the author, so i googled
her name and came to this website. I am anxious to read star flight because
I live only a few miles from Lake Lure.
I am 46 years old and as a teenager, Phyllis
Whitney was one of my first "romance" authors that I fell in
love with. I own every book of hers. When I was expecting my 3 children,
I would buy her new book and save it to read in the hospital after I delivered
the children as a treat to myself. I was dusting my bookshelf this evening
and decided to look her up on the internet and just discovered that she
passed away about a year ago at 104. The years have gone by quickly. I
think I will reread her books now. May her memory be eternal.
I had the pleasure of reading Ms. Whitney's romance/mystery
books in the late 1970's as a young teenager and later, as an adult. My
grandmother loved her books and would share them with me! I would borrow
a novel everytime I visited my Grandmother. Later, as an adult, I can
remember the excitement I felt when I knew a new novel was getting ready
to be released to the area bookstore! I couldn't wait to get my copy!
Ms. Whitney was and still will be my absolute favorite writer of all time!
I am sad to hear of her recent passing and wish my heartfelt condolences
to her family on the upcoming year anniversary of her passing. She was
a beautiful and inspirational writer that encouraged me to love to read
and who even inspired me to begin to write short stories of my own! I
have almost all of her books and will treasure them. Her style of writing
was like no other! She blended classy romance with intriguing mystery!
She will be missed--- but her legacy with live on --- through her novels!
I will share them with my daughter most honorably! God Bless and keep
you---Phyllis A. Whitney! Loving,
Thunder Heights was my first Phyllis Whitney
novel and I have everything she has written since. Her books are favorites
and have been read over and over by myself and my daughter. My library
began with her and now I have over 3000 hardcovers by various authors,
but I still pull my favorites from my Whitney shelf and read them. Some
have been replaced they fell apart from being handled so much.
My Grandmother found a book in her basement this
weekend entitled Mystery of the Green Cat.. She gave it to my son Garrett
whom is an avid reader and turns 10 in a few weeks. I found this interesting
since my mother and my uncles are all in their 60's except for one uncle
in his mid 50's...I myself was not familiar with the works of Phyllis
A. Whitney, however, with the magic of the world wide web my son and I
were both able to learn something new. He has yet to start reading the
book, but I'm sure that task won't take him long...
I thoroughly enjoy all the books. Always looking
out for additional books through Barnes and Noble to add to my collection.
There are books that I couldn't put down till I was through. Phyllis Whitney
has a talent of bringing you into the story line to visualize everything
and for that, she will not be forgotten.
I only recently learned of Ms. Whitney's passing,
and I am sending my thoughts to her children. I have enjoy her writings
from the late 70's to the present. Each time I reread her works, it is
like reading them the first time. Any fan, like myself, will miss her
Almost 40 years ago, I was a 4th grader who was
introduced to the wonderful books of Phyllis Whitney. I continued to read
each of her books through school and on up into my 30's after my three
children were born. Her books helped me to "get away" and had
me always guessing up to the very end of the book. She was the best author
and will always be at the top of my list.
I just started reading RAIN SONG. She seems like
such a lovely person.
I am 83 years old and have been reading Phyllis
Whitney's books for a very long time. What a fantastic writer and how
much joy she has given to all of us So sorry to hear of her passing.
I enjoy reading her books very much but cant
find a lot of them.
I have read every adult book that Phyllis has
written. I just love all of her books. I didn't know that she passed on
and was sorry to hear about it. Reading her books helped me through some
tough times. I will always be grateful.
I HAVE always known about Phyllis A. Whitney
it seems. My grandmother met her at a writing convention and brought me
back a signed copy of a silver inkwell . I loved my book and was so proud
of it, I took it to school in the fifth or sixth grade where my teacher
promptly took it away from me. I have searched for it over the years in
every bookstore I have been near. It has my name in it, barbara leigh
spitaleri. with a note from Phyllis A. Whitney and her signature. I hope
whomever has it suffers a pain of guilt every time they look at it. SHE
WAS THE MOST WONDERFUL WRITER of so many different stories. I had always
hoped someday I would have the chance to meet her and hear her talk of
all the things she had seen and done. I am now 66 and still go back and
reread many of the books I have. I read all of them, some more than ten
times. I had other signed books from Phyllis Whitney courtesy of my grandmother,
however no book ever meant so much to me as The Silver Inkwell.
I am a GREAT fan of Phyllis A. Whitney and I
really love her books and JUST CAN NOT put her book down, because it is
so interesting and good and juicy! My teacher LOVES her more than me.
I am in 7th grade now and I love her books already!
The first Phyllis Whitney I read was "Hunter's
Green". It was the first mystery/suspense/romance I'd ever read,
and I was smitten. I think I've read everything she wrote. Hunter's Green,
has remained one of my favorites these 40 years!
Hello, I am 40 years old. I read "Mystery
of the Crimson Ghost" when I was in junior high school as an assignment
for school. I really enjoyed the book then and I thought that my children
may enjoy the book in the future. How can I get a copy? Thank you.
I was never a big reader until my freshmen year
when I found Phyllis Whitney’s 'the golden unicorn'. After that
book I couldn’t stop reading as many of her books I could find.
And now at the age of 20 I have 23 and some day I hope to have them all.
And thanks to this web site I’ll be able to find them, and more
people will know of her great work. I was very grieved to find she had
passed I had hoped to thank her in person for sharing her writing with
the world. I cant wait until I've read them all but I will also be a little
sad when I'm done.
Bless you Phyllis for being such an inspiring
writer. The first book of Phyllis's I read was Rainsong, that was in high
school and I still get absorbed into each book as I read them. You are
a bright light that will be missed.
I felt sad upon reading that my favorite author
passed away already. Her memory will always be treasured in my bookshelf.
I love you Ms. Phyllis!
Phyllis has been a favorite of mine since I was
a teenager, I loved how she took me to different places she brought them
to life for me. I still enjoy rereading her books and visiting her exciting
locations. She will be missed but not forgotten by anyone who has read
I would like to purchase a copy of the book "Island
of Dark Wood". My uncle Philip Wishnefsky did the illustrations for
I have read, or have in my possession to read
all of Phyllis A. Whitney's books with the exception of 3. In my opinion,
her novels are the best around. I have yet to find one I didn’t
like. She was a truly great writer. I was so sorry to hear of her passing
I began reading Phyllis Whitney books in 1950
when I was 12 years old. As a project in the sixth grade my class was
assigned to write a letter to his or her favorite author. I chose Phyllis
Whitney. I was disappointed when months went by and I didn't receive an
answer. Then one day during summer vacation that wonderful letter from
her arrived. I was absolutely thrilled. She explained that she had been
in Europe researching her latest book and didn't have the opportunity
to reply. I still have that special letter after all these years.
Hi (: My name is Allison, and I recently obtained
a copy of Ms. Whitney's Rainbow in the Mist. I never really was a huge
fan of mystery or suspense, but Whitney has completely changed my perception
of that through her writing. I have yet to actually complete the novel,
but no book has ever piqued my interest so much. This is why I felt the
need to know more the woman behind such great writing. I look forward
to finishing Rainbow in the Mist and aquiring more of her works.
I just found a copy of Columbella and decided
to look up the author's biography. I had heard the name before but could
not recall reading any of her works. Thank you for this website. I enthusiastically
look forward to reading her book.
She was and is one of my favorite authors. Many
delightful afternoons during Jr. and High School were spent reading her
books. Now many years later I find myself once again drawn to her wonder
world of words.
I found the web site while looking for a complete
list of her beloved books. I have been reading her novels since high school
in the 1970's. Someday I hope to have the complete collection!
I have enjoyed each and every book this wonder
ladie has written and will reread many of them. Even thought she has died
all that is needed is to open one of her books again, and enjoying it
I have enjoyed and loved Phyllis A. Whitney's
books since I was in grade school in the 1960s, and I have two full bookshelves
filled with just her novels. So often over the decades, when I entered
a bookstore I would look for anything new by her, and typically there
would be one every year or two. Eventually, by the late 1990s, I noticed
there were no more after 1997. So she must have continued to write well
into her 90s! I've never figured out why none of her wonderful stories
were ever made into a movie or made-for-TV movie, and in the mid-'80s
I sent her a letter telling her so, shortly after reading The Coral Rose.
She kindly replied to me, and I still have that letter to this day. If
anyone is interested (are you listening, Lifetime or Hallmark?), I would
be happy to write the screenplay myself! The other day I was searching
Amazon.com for any books by her I may have missed, and saw the link to
this site. Splendid!! Thank you Philip, for keeping Phyllis' memory alive,
and thank you, Phyllis, for decades of great reading!
I just read her short biographical on this site.
Her life would make a very interesting story I am sure. I have always
respected her and her writing. She is interesting, holds your interest
without vulgarity and extreme sex. I learned about Phyllis from my mother
in law who was very hard to please. I will continue to read Phyllis' books
over and over and mourn her passing, even though there will never be a
new one, I enjoy the ones she left behind. Thanks for the website.
I was first introduced to Phyllis A. Whitney's
books when I was going through my Grandma's book collection in her library.
I was 16 at the time and throughout the rest of my years in high school
I scanned for the rest of her books in the school or public library when
I couldn't find them on my Grandma's shelves! I read about half of her
books back then. Now a few years later I have just recently came across
two of her books in my house and I've read both of them on this rainy
day. They were perfect to read on a day like this!! She still happens
to be one of my favorite authors and it has been very enjoyable to read
her books on my time off from school. I'm glad she lived her life to the
fullest. I've decided to go scavenger hunting for the rest of her books
in small bookstores and it shall be a great adventure to find them!
Like many others, I have been an avid reader
of Phyllis Whitney's books since high school. In her later years, it appeared
that she wrote one book a year and it came out in the summer months (she
may have always done that but I was so caught up in reading all her previous
books I had missed or found, which made it seem like she was publishing
one every day). I would always go to the library in July to check when
and if her latest book had arrived. I did this faithfully for a few years
and finally stopped going realizing I may never have another opportunity
to curl up with her book. Being a small town girl, Ms. Whitney brought
the world to my door. I am saddened to hear of her death but the memories
of reading her books will linger forever.
Phyllis A. Whitney has been one of my favorite
authors since I was a child. I have read and reread her books and loved
THANKS for this wonderful site-dedication to
Phyllis Whitney! I've enjoyed her books since I read "Spindrift",
back in the mid-70's. As an early teen, it was great to read an 'adult'
novel that my parent's would approve of! Her suspense novels are always
good -- have read the entire series at least 3 times. Always a good story
and very informative on the location. Sad to think there will not be any
more new ones -- they always were something to look forward to.
I do not remember how long I have been reading
books by Phyllis Whitney, but I love her novels. I do not have very many,
but the ones I have read I have kept along with a couple of other authors
that I collect. Thank you Phyllis Whitney for great reading!!!
Ms. Whitney's wonderful novels have been an important
part of my library since I was a young person and an early writer. She
has taken so many of us by the hand and led us to parts of the world we
can only dream of visiting, and has truly been an inspiration for my word
craft. What an extraordinary lady she must have been and how blessed we
readers were to have had her in our lives. I hope future writers and readers
never forget her magic spell and that her books live on forever.
I have not been on Whitney's site for a year,
just came to it today and so sad to learn of her passing. I started out
with one of her books Golden Unicorn, and was hooked on her writings from
there. she could take me to places in her book and make you feel like
you were there personally that I will never get to go. I had wrote her
a personal letter a few years back and was so excited to receive a letter
back from her, I had it done in plastic and cherish it. Loved the books
that she wrote, I am still not finished reading a few of them. My deepest
sympathy goes to her daughter, and grandchildren, she will be missed by
the readers of her books.
Looking for something new to read I saw "The
Singing Stones", enjoyed reading it and now I am reading Spindrift.
I am glad that I stumbled onto Phyllis A. Whitney at the Library.
Dear Georgia, Barbara, Michael, Lorraine, Danny,
and Matthew...I see I've waited too long to send a word of appreciation
directly to Ms. Whitney, so I'd like to share both condolences at the
loss to your family and a memory of my own. Somewhere between 1954 and
1958 my elementary class made a field trip to the local library in La
Crosse, WI. That day, I remember someone showing me the shelf with mysteries
for children. I sat down on the floor and began to read a book about children
off "on holiday" to a place with "crags". It was the
first time I looked back at the cover to see who the author was (PW) and
then reached for a dictionary on my own; it was a first step in becoming
an independent lifetime learner. I proceeded, over the next two years
to read every book on that shelf....and continued into adulthood to enjoy
the stories Phyllis spun. It was that avid reading that pulled me up from
the pit of being of a mediocre reader. As time passed, I read widely beyond
the mystery genre but always remember where that initial spark originated.
After 34+ years of teaching both elementary and middle school, I traded
my classroom for a position as a Title 1 teacher (same school) to help
students build skills and, hopefully, raise their reading levels to at
least grade level to transition these children from struggling to finding
the joy in reading a good story. Georgia, I hope you, your children, and
grandchildren got to sit at Phyllis' knee and hear a few good tales; and
now, I'm headed to the hammock in my back yard to enjoy .... a good book,
I wish Phyllis would have completed her autobiography
- what fascinating reading that would have been! Thank you for such a
wonderful site - I have loved her fiction and non-fiction ("how to
write") books for years, and believe her work will withstand the
test of time (much like the work of Dame Agatha Christie). When I think
of settling in for an evening or afternoon of Phyllis Whitney, I think
I'm in for a cozy read with a bit of intrigue/anxiety, with beautifully
developed plot twists along the way! My favorite remains "Winter
People," as I was a bit of an albino as an adolescent.
She never stoped amazing me. I close each book
saying how is she ever going to top that, and every time she does. She
is just so wonderful.
I looked it up. I've been reading and trying
to collect all of Ms. Whitney's books since i was about 11 years old (25
A wonderful author who will be greatly missed.
I REMEMBER READING HER BOOKS WHEN I WAS IN HIGH
SCHOOL. I WAS SO MOVED WHEN I FIRST READ HER BOOK, I REALLY DIDN'T THINK
I WAS GOING TO LIKE IT BECAUSE ALL I USE TO READ WAS ROMANCE NOVELS, BUT
THE MYSTERY BOOK I READ GOT ME TO WANT TO READ MORE. THROUGH THE YEARS
I HAVE TRIED TO FIND HER BOOKS AND HAVE COME ACROSS A FEW, AND IT HAS
BEEN ON MY MIND TO FIND HER MATERIAL AND READ SOME MORE. I'M SORRY TO
SEE THAT SHE HAS PASSED SHE WAS A WONDERFUL WRITER. IF SHE HAS FAMILY
YOU HAVE MY LATE SYMPATHY.
As a teenager in the 70's I had read many of
Ms. Whitney's novels. It seemed my mother often had one of her novels
on her night table and as an avid reader I followed suit. Until recently,
I must admit, I had forgotten her novels and this summer had the desire
to reacquaint my self with her works. It has been a pleasure! I was amazed
to learn that she had continued to write as long as she had, and I'm glad
she did. 104 years old, Amazing!
i love phyllis whitney she was a super author
and writer .her books kept you reading you just could not put them down
.her writing was clean no bad language of any sort. find that today and
you re blest. other than mary higgins clark who is another author i enjoy
very much you are at loss for ANY GOOD MYSTERY BOOKS. thank you phyllis
whitney for all your books. there will never be another. you and your
works are truley missed.
Did a search for Phyllis Whitney to see if she
was still alive and to find a list of her novels. Enjoyed all of them,
especially The Turquoise Mask.
I was searching Phyllis Whitney's name on the
internet because I remembered her books for young people from when I was
a pre-teen. Although I never got into her adult oriented books, to this
day I think she was one of the best writers. She knew how to transport
you from where you were to whatever place she was writing about. I'm not
surprised her research was exhaustive. It shows in her writing. I was
a bit saddened to learn that she had recently passed but then I saw that
she lived to be the ripe old age of 104 and it sounds like she lived life
the way its supposed to be lived. I now only credit her for my lingering
interest in reading but also for my interest in writing. Long live the
memory and works of this wonderful woman who has given so much joy to
I just finished the book "The Moonflower".
In fact I didn't know where the book from. I took the book from my living
room's bookcase, but I think this is not my mother's or father's. I just
want to say this is the predestined relationship that I saw the book and
I really like the book.
I just finished re-reading Ms. Whitney's book
Amethyst Dreams and wondered how she was doing. I AM sorry she has passed
away; she was a 'one of a kind' writer and an inspiration to me in many
ways. I shall always miss her - now I will no longer have a new Phyllis
Whitney book to look forward to. Heaven can only be enriched by her presence.
I've been reading Phyllis Whitney books since
I was about 9 -- I now own a fair few, and they are my favorite reading
when I'm down or when I just need some comfort reading. She was a marvelous
I re-read Poinciana last night and wanted to
see what Ms. Whitney is up to these days. I was very saddened to see she
passed away. The world lost a great writer.
I just found out this week that she passed away;
I had no clue about how old she was. I've read all her books, and have
re-read Poinciana and Star Flight this week. I've got a lot of her books
in various bookcases around my house, so I'm going to find the rest and
give them another read. How sad to lose someone so talented and who brought
such joy to readers.
I have been a fan of Phyllis A Whitney since
high school. She has always been and still is my favorite author. I am
in my 50's and that is a long time to stick with one favorite author.
I just typed in the name and came across this website looking for her
I have been a fan of Phyllis Whitney for many
years. I have read her books over and over. I loved the history she put
into her books. I believe I have read all her books, but I am checking
the book list to be sure. I would not like to miss even one of her books.
I read a lot and have not found another author with Phyllis Whitney's
ability to surprise you at the end even when you are sure you have figured
it out. She was an amazing person.
I just love to read these books. I found Ms.
Whitney's books in the high school library and have read almost all of
them. It was the highlight of any year when a new book came out. I do
miss not having any new stories to read from her. I do truely miss Ms.
I grew up loving Phyllis Whitney books and read every one of them. I could lose myself in her wonderful storylines and felt I could see what she saw in the many beautiful places she visited. rest in peace knowing you made many of us proud to have known you as an author.
Phyllis Whitney was one of my favorite authors. A middle-school librarian introduced me to her books and I was hooked after reading just one book. I have most every book she wrote, except some of the earlier ones. She was a very talented writer and will be missed by many.
My great-aunt was a librarian and introduced me to Phyllis A Whitney's novels in the mid-sixties. (I think I went from Nancy Drew to Phyllis A Whitney the same summer when I was about 10). Like an earlier signer, my first adult authors were Phyllis A Whitney and Victoria Holt. Her stories have certainly stood the test of time and are still finding their way from the library to my home.
I first read one of Phyllis A Whitney's books at my parents home while on holiday at Littlebrak River at the seaside. I was hooked!! Stunning, Stunning, Stunning. I could not put it down and stop reading, I decoured all the books possible in the time we visited. Since then, every time I return for a holiday, I will go to the library in Hartenbos and search for Phyllis's books. I still have a way to go, looking forward to find more of her books.
I graduated from high school in 1974. I was the class clown. I dont remember much of teachers, classes or class mates but I do remember how much I loved reading Phyllis A Whitney's books. What a great writer!!!!!!
I have just found out about the death of Phyllis A. Whitney. She was and is still my favorite author. I love her books. I am so sorry about her death. I love to read her books b/c when I do I get lost in the world of the people in the story and relize that life could be worse. Her books give me hope and thats something we all need.
In my early twenties, I joined a book club. I neglected to return my refusal card one month so the book club sent me the featured selection--Emerald by Phyllis A. Whitney. I would normally have been kicking myself for having to pay for a book I did not order but after reading this book, I was hooked. When the club offered another of her books as the featured selection, I did not hesitate to order Dream of Orchids. I have read most of her books but continue to scour used bookstores for more. I love the fact that the female characters were confident women who could take care of themselves. She is by far my favorite author.
Dear Ms. Whitney, As a 53 year old college student enrolled in an English class on children's literature, I was asked to recall my favorite book from my childhood. As a poor student and reader I seldom read for enjoyment. The one book I remember that captivated me was your Secret of the Spotted Shell. Thank you for the memories.
Phyllis A Whitney is one of my favorite authors. Until I did a search on her and found this sight, I had only been able to find her books in thrift stores. I am glad I found this sight. :)
I discovered a dusty copy of Silversword at a local thrift store and I loved it. Ms. Whitney had talent and it shows. May she rest in peace.
I was looking for a site which listed all of her books. So sorry to see that she passed. What a terrific writer she was.
Phyllis A. Whitney was my favorite author when I was in high school. That was almost 30 years ago! What a prolific and talented writer. Thank you, Phyllis, for instilling in me the love of reading. I am now an elementary school librarian, and I'm trying to pass on that love of reading to all my students.
wow I lived her books! I read most of them in high. yet I didnt who she was till now.. WOw may you rest in peace for you have lived a long and wonderful life.
While on a camping trip to Shorty Peak Lookout in Idaho, my husband and I stopped at a library in Cor 'd Lane, ID and I bought a copy of Whitney's Guide to fiction writing from their used books. It is a lovely book, and the most helpful to actually getting the ideas and thoughts down, not worrying about the order. I'm hoping this will be the one that gets me to The End of the mystery i'm working on, The Romance Manglers. I only wish I'd been able to take a class with Phyllis. I'm looking forward to picking up copies of her fiction works.
I just read flaming Tree. In the back of the book she talked about her grandson and that although he had a traumatic brain injury he had made soime rather draumatic improvement. I was wondering did he continue to improve?
What a great loss to us all to not have Phyllis Whitney in our midst. A wonderful storyteller who could capture our imaginations and who could bring us into the drama as if we were standing there ourselves watching the scene unfold before us. I have enjoyed many hours of reading her books and wished she could have been around for many more years to delight us with more. Thank you, Phyllis, I shall miss you.
I have been reading Phyllis Whitney books for a very long time. She is my all time favorite author. I have never read a book of hers I did not like. Sincerely,
It was my mother who first introduced me to the books of Phyllis Whitney. They have provided me with so many hours of enjoyment. She was truly one of the best writers of all time.
I grew up with reading Phyllis Whitneys books. As a teenager the books took me to places I have never been, and when I got older I visited those places that I read about. There aren't enough authors like her that teenagers and adults can read the same stories. I miss her. I just found the site by looking up the authors name.
I have enjoyed the books from Phyllis A. Whitney for many years, but looking at her long list, I havn't read that many. I was in a used book store recently and could not find any of her books. I just thought I would look her name up on the internet and I found this website. I will keep hunting for her books, maybe I'll try Amazon.
It is with deep respect and honor that I sign this guest book. I was unaware that Ms. Whitney passed. I have been waiting for that biography book that I heard was being written. Will someone complete it? I Hope so. I picked up a book written by Phyllis Whitney from a library, never had read one of her books before. I could not put the book down, and became an instant fan. I have nearly the full collection of all the adult books and some of the young adult books. I am always looking for any of her books that I do not have yet. Every book that I have read has been the same, addicting, and not wanting to put the book down until I turn the last page, and even then wishing for more. I hope Ms. Whitney, that you are travelling and telling your tales where ever you are! I know I will encourage my daughters and my grandchildren to read all your novels.
Always enjoyed her books, from the time I was in junior high school. I still have just a few left to read. She was one of the first adult writers whose books I began reading. Of all her books, "The Winter People" was my favorite. I can still remember reading that book, and the feelings I had while reading it, even though it has been over 30 years ago. One of the best books from one of the best writers!
"Step to the Music" was my first Phyllis Whitney book. I read it when I was 13, still have it and have reread it many times. That was the book that got me hooked! I was so saddened to hear of her passing. What a full life she had. My condolences to her family. She will be sadly missed.
I found 2 older hardback books going through our personal library - 1 was Hunter's Green (1968) & The Turquoise Mask (1974). I read Ms. Whitney's bio on the cover of Hunter's Green and thought what an interesting life she must have lead. Then I read that one; I fell in love with her writing. Then, I took up The Turquoise Mask and loved it even more. Today, I googled her and read her complete bio - she was amazing. Then, I sent an email to a local bookstore (quaint little store like a book exchange but more character and located in a small town). I asked my friend Lila if she had any of her books; I forwarded the link to Ms. Whitney's complete book list. I hope to find them all. I collect books - I especially love mystery. I was so happy that I found her. My husband & I have been married 18 years - we combined libraries when we met and married in 1991. I managed a large bookstore (discount type like a warehouse setting) in 1986 - 1987 but also collect books through library sales, yard sales, antique/junk shops as well as retail outlets. I don't know which one of us had her 2 books or if we picked them up somewhere together. But I finally read them and love them. Thank you,
I love your book ''The Stone Bull''. Even though people around the age of fourteen, like for me; don't really read this kind of book, but I thought it was absolutely amazing with the death as a mystery, and the pregnancy, the but the last puzzling love triangle between Brendon, Ariel, and Mangus. My teacher loves fantasy stories and has developed into the liking of Twlight/New Moon/Eclipse/Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer.
I love Ms. Whitney's books. I have been collecting them in hardback for several years now. I have all of her adult books, and now working on the adolescent books. So sad to hear she has passed away. She lived to an amazing age of 104! God Bless.
while staying in the family cottage on squirrel island, maine over the course of celebrating my 9th anniversary with hubby, i found Window on the Square in a book shelf. during a magical day of relaxation and hot bath i read this wonderful book, and was reminded how much i enjoyed Phyllis A. Whitney's work. so, i figure i ought to visit more of her books. fabulous fun and thank you!
I googled Phyllis Whitney and found this web site. I was trying to find out more information about Ms Whitney and was saddened to learn of her passing. I own all but 1 of her novels and had no idea she was 104. I have loved her books and read all in a 5-10 year period. My first Phyllis Whitney book was "The Glass House", read years ago. I now will keep all of her books and treasure them, hopefully passing them on to my granddaughter at some time in the future.
"Spindrift" was my first 'adult' book, and the first one that did not intimidate me or talk down to me. Thank you, Ms. Whitney, for awakening my love of reading. You have been a favorite of mine ever since. Rest in peace.
My favorite author. I always looked forward to a new story. Always the best. RIP
A friend asked me if I knew any good books for her to read. I have always enjoyed Phyllis A. Whitney books since my favorite aunt introduced me to them in the mid 50s when I was 13 or 14. I have probably read every one. I'm sure my friend will enjoy them as much as I did. I went to this website to get her a booklist so she can look for the books.
I am currently writing as essay on the books that influenced me growing up, and Phyllis A Whitney was first on the list! I came here to job my memory with some of her book titles and was amazed to find such an informative site. This is truly wonderful and perfect tribute to an amazing author.
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