|1933 - Born|
Phyllis Reynolds Naylor was born on January 4, 1933.
She was born in Anderson, Indiana. Her parents' names were Eugene
Sheild and Lura Sheild. She was born into a strongly religious family.
Phyllis spent most of her childhood wishing she could
read. She loved to listen to stories that people read to her.
She didn't care about the author or illustrator; she just cared about the
story. In first grade she had trouble reading. But, by 5th
grade she was a wonderful reader and "writing books" was her hobby.
Her first story was published when she was sixteen in a church magazine.
During her college years she studied to be a clinical
physiologist. She went to college until she got her bachelors degree.
She was able to pay her college tuition by writing books. After she
got her bachelor's degree she decided that she wanted to write more than
Phyllis first marriage was when she was 19 years old.
She got married to a young man who soon became very ill. When he
became very ill the family became in need of extra money. So Phyllis
decided that she would write for extra money while she was also being a
physical physiologist and being a third grade teacher.
When Phyllis started writing, after she got her bachelors
degree, she was a big hit from the first big book that she published.
Her first major book after she got her bachelors degree was a book for
adults about her first disastrous marriage to a man who became mentally
Today Phyllis works about six hours a day and lives in
Bethesda, Maryland. She has two grown sons and married someone she
knew after her first disastrous marriage. His name is Rex.
Her two sons' names are Jeff and Michael. She and Rex also
have two granddaughters.