Shiloh Blog

How many Shiloh books are there?

Comment:

I love the Shiloh books. How many Shiloh books are there.

 

Phyllis replied:

Four:  Shiloh, Shiloh Season, Saving Shiloh, and A Shiloh Christmas

Posted on: January 11, 2018

Five is Plenty

Comment:

I thought the first second and third books about Shiloh were fantastic. I also think the fourth set holiday cheer all around the world. So I suggest to make a fith. Marty is older and Shiloh has an adventure of his own! That’s the plot of the 5th book I would suggest. A 6th? I’m not sure but 5 is plenty thanks! And have a good time.
Phyllis replied:

I’m just delighted that you loved the Shiloh books so much, but actually, I think that four books is plenty.  I enjoyed writing those books very much, but there are so many other kinds of books I want to write.

Posted on: January 4, 2018

Shiloh comments and questions

Comment:

I am a 4th grade teacher at Science Hill Independent School in Science Hill, KY. I started the year reading Shiloh aloud to my students. They absolutely loved the book and wanted to read the next book in the series, and the next, and the next. We were able to finish the 4th book just before Christmas break. On our last day before break, I showed students your website and many had comments/questions they wanted to share.  I thoroughly enjoyed the series as well and appreciate being able to use your books to spark the interest of reading in my students.

How long have you been an author? Why did you choose Shiloh to be a beagle?Can you write more Shiloh books? Your books are the best! What is your favorite Shiloh book?  Where did you get the name Shiloh?  How do you think of the details and plot for the books?  Why do you like writing books?

Thank you for making the Shiloh series! The books are awesome!I have read a lot of books and Shiloh is my favorite series.

Phyllis replied:

I’m so glad you read aloud to your students.  I can still remember teachers who did that–a chance for us just to sit back, listen to all the expression in her voice, and fall in love with books and stories.  In answer to your students’ questions, I had my first short story published when I was 16.  My first book was published when I was 32.  I chose Shiloh to be a beagle because the little dog I came across in West Virginia looked a little like a beagle.  I think I am through writing the Shiloh series…there are just too many other kinds of books I want to write.  The first Shiloh book is probably my favorite, and I named the dog in the story  Shiloh because that the name of the small community where I found her.  She was female.  To write a book, I simply put myself in the place of the main character and think what he would do in a certain situation, and what kind of problems he would face.  I like writing books because I enjoy creating characters and places and plots and see how they all turn out.

Posted on: January 2, 2018

Judd’s Back Story

Comment:
I just finished reading your book Shiloh it was really amazing but I was never able to figure out why Judd`s parents would treat him that way. I think you need a back story on Judd`s life and why Judd got whipped but overall the book was one of the best to ever exist.

 

Phyllis replied:

I think you’re right, that Judd’s childhood would make a good story.  But we could say the same thing about the preacher in book 4.  I really don’t have time to write back stories about the various characters in my books, but I felt it was enough for the Shiloh readers to know that Judd was also mistreated as a child, so he took his anger out on other people and his dogs.

Posted on: December 30, 2017

We got a new dog

Comment:

I bet you love the books you’ve created and I bet you want to write more about Shiloh, do you? I just got a new dog and his name is St.Louis. We called him that because my grandfather lived and died there, and the explanation for that is he was the best relative I have ever known. He died this summer of 2017.

 

Phyllis replied:

I love the name you gave your dog, and I’m sure your grandfather would have been pleased.  I still remember the day my dad came home with a dog we called Pepper.  She was just a little thing, and cried at night until my brother gave her his teddy bear, and then she snuggled up to it and went to sleep.

Posted on: December 30, 2017

Book or the movie?

Comment:

I got finished reading the book Shiloh and watching the movie Shiloh in class. I loved both of them so much! I have a question, have you cried before while writing the book, cause I was pretty close to. Also which do you prefer, the book or the movie, I can’t decide.

 

Phyllis replied:

I cried when we had to leave that little dog behind when we left our friends in West Virginia.  We had two big cats waiting for us at home, and we really didn’t know if the dog had an owner or not.  (I was so glad to finally hear from our friends that the dog was still hanging around, and they had adopted her).  I think an author would always prefer her own book, no matter how much she loved the movie, which I do.  But the book tells more about Marty and Judd than a movie possibly can.

Posted on: December 30, 2017

Why didn’t Shiloh speak?

Comment:
this book is awesome! I wanted to ask why did Shiloh not speak much? I also wanted to ask why did you write the book Shiloh, not just because you found a dog but why did you write the book Shiloh? I also would like to say if you would have not found a dog would you have still wrote this book? I hope you make more Shiloh Books

 

Phyllis replied:

You  know, I never thought about Shiloh barking–and I think that’s what you meant by asking why Shiloh didn’t speak much.  Just didn’t occur to me, which does seem a little strange.  If I had not come across such a dog on our visit to  West Virginia, then no, I would never have written the Shiloh books (there are 4 of them).  It was my worry about that little dog we left behind (that was eventually adopted by our friends) that made it impossible for me to work on any other book, and the plot began forming in my mind.

Posted on: December 30, 2017

What is your favorite part?

Comment:

Your book was extraordinary! One question I have is what part of the book is favorite? My favorite part is when Judd makes a deal with marty that if he works 20 hours he will get Shiloh. The last question I have is why did you make Shiloh in the book a boy but the real Shiloh is a girl.

Comment:

To be honest, Shiloh started out in my book as a female dog.  But there were too many places where I talked about Marty “hugging and stroking her,” and I was a little afraid that if a boy who didn’t know what the book was about, picked it up and read a sentence like that, he  might think Marty was hugging a girlfriend and not want to read any more.  So to be on the safe side, I turned Shiloh into a male.

Posted on: December 30, 2017

Why were Judd’s parents mean?

Comment:

Your book was amazing we just finished reading your book Shiloh it was amazing. Bot one question I have is why were Judd`s parents so mean to him? But your book was amazing and are whole fourth grade class loved it.

 

Phyllis replied:

So often, when parents mistreat their child, it’s because they also had a very difficult childhood and their own parents were mean to them.  Sometimes parents just have so many problems of their own that they take their anger and disappointment out on their children.  It takes a special person to say to himself, “I don’t want to turn out like my own parents, so I’m going to show kindness and love to my children, the way I wish my parents had been to me.”

Posted on: December 30, 2017

Why did you become a writer?

Comment:

In the book Shiloh why does Marty have such a strong love for Shiloh? What inspired you to become a writer? I’m your biggest fan!

 

Phyllis replied:

Marty simply has a big heart, and he wanted to save this frightened little dog.  I think I became a writer because my parents read aloud to us every night, almost until we were in high school.  Of course we could read for ourselves, and we did, but when my parents read aloud, especially Mark Twain’s books–Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn– they were very dramatic, and it was almost like watching and listening to a performance.  I loved stories so much I decided to write them, and had my first story (not book) published when I was 16.

 

Posted on: December 30, 2017

 

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