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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

Are Judd’s dogs mean?

Comment:

I adored your memorable book, Shiloh!I watched the movie too in school and really liked it. I have some questions to ask. One, why did you turn the Shiloh trilogy into the Shiloh quartet. Also, are Judd Traver’s dogs as nasty as the Baker’s German Sheperd.

 

Phyllis replied:

I had thought that the third book would be the last  Shiloh book, but then I realized I really wanted to write a bit more about Marty’s relationship with Judd, so I wrote the fourth book, which made it a quartet.   Judd’s dogs were in danger of being as violent as the German shepherd, but once Marty helped build a fence around Judd’s yard so that the dogs wouldn’t have to be chained up anymore, and once he and Judd began to play with them, they became much more friendly. But I won’t be writing another Shiloh book, as there are too many other books I want to work on.

Posted on: December 30, 2017

How old was Marty?

Comment:

Me and my classmates read your book Shiloh. Everybody enjoyed your book and didn’t like Judd. I have a couple of questions. One what was your favorite part about Shiloh? My favorite part is, well I have a lot of favorite parts like when Marty first finds Shiloh or when Marty was alone and finally got to really play with Shiloh inside and outside. Two why did you decide to make Judd curse? Three can you make a book about Marty and Shiloh after the three books or is one of the other two books that, I’ve only read the first Shiloh book. My final question is how old was Marty when the first book took place?

Ps, me and my classmates watched your movie today and loved it.

 

Phyllis replied:

I made Judd cuss a couple of times, because when you portray a character, you have to imagine how he would walk, he would talk, he would look, he would treat other people…and it seemed to me that he was a man who would swear.  I believe that Marty was eleven in the first book.  If you read the final three books, you will see how things end up with Marty, Judd and Shiloh.

Posted on: December 30, 2017

Did you like it too?

Comment:

Me and my classmates finished the book an the movie Shiloh. We liked it. I hope you liked it, too.

 

Phyllis replied:

If I don’t like a story I’ve written, I don’t send it to the publishing company.  I’m glad you liked it.

Posted on: December 29, 2017

when did the story happen?

Comment:
You’re book Shiloh is beautifully written. Shiloh was the highlight of our day in my 4th grade classroom.Whenever my teacher stopped reading we all begged her to read more. All of my classmates tensed up at the scary parts. We cried at the sad parts, and we laughed at the funny parts. That goes to say you’re book has so much emotion.
One question after reading your book is when did it take place? I noticed that you said that the Preston’s didn’t have a phone, and there was no mention of I-phones, so I was not sure. Thank you so much for writing Shiloh,and Happy Holidays!

 

Phyllis replied:

The book takes place around the 1980’s.

Posted on: December 29, 2017

Love the suspense

Comment:

Did you ever cry during the book when you wrote it? My favorite part was when at the end of chapter 8 when Ma sees Marty with Shiloh and then the chapter ends. I absolutely love the suspense. Also why is Judd so mean, was he the person who was supposed to be mean to Shiloh?

 

Phyllis replied:

Some of the scenes brought tears to my eyes.  If Judd hadn’t been mean–mistreating his dogs, what would the plot have been?   Something has to happen in a book–something has to change.

Posted on: December 29, 2017

Why did the characters act that way?

Comment:

I love your book Shiloh. It was well written and had a lot of detail. My class and I just finished the book, and we get to watch the movie on Wednesday . I was wondering if you could answer a question. If you could, the question is how did you come up with the way the character’s act? What inspired you to make them act that way? Please respond soon.

 

Phyllis replied:

If the characters didn’t act that way, there wouldn’t be any story.  There has to be motivation and suspense to keep a story going.

Posted on: December 29, 2017

Do you have pets?

Comment:

I am a teacher of 28 years. I have used your novel Shiloh in my classroom for many years. It is my favorite children’s book. My students just finished the novel and the movie this week. They wrote to you on here. Imagine their surprise and excitement when they saw that you had responded to their questions and comments! You have made not only our week but our year! THANK YOU for taking the time to respond to us. We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy 2018! One question: do you currently have any pets? Inquiring minds want to know.

 

Phyllis replied:

No, I live in an apartment, and don’t have any pets currently.

Posted on: December 29, 2017

why is Judd so mean?

Comment:

Did you ever cry during the book when you wrote it? My favorite part was when at the end of chapter 8 when Ma sees Marty with Shiloh and then the chapter ends. I absolutely love the suspense. Also why is Judd so mean, was he the person who was supposed to be mean to Shiloh?

Phyllis replied:

Yes, Judd was the one who was mean to Shiloh, and he was the one who was himself mistreated when he was a boy.

Posted on: December 21, 2017

When does the story take place?

Comment:

You’re book Shiloh is beautifully written. Shiloh was the highlight of our day in my 4th grade classroom.Whenever my teacher stopped reading we all begged her to read more. All of my classmates tensed up at the scary parts. We cried at the sad parts, and we laughed at the funny parts. That goes to say you’re book has so much emotion.
One question after reading your book is when did it take place? I noticed that you said that the Preston’s didn’t have a phone, and there was no mention of I-phones, so I was not sure. Thank you so much for writing Shiloh,and Happy Holidays!

 

Phyllis replied:

If they didn’t have a phone in Shiloh, they did in Saving Shiloh.  I’d have to read the books again to make sure.  I guess I imagined the story taking place in the 1980’s.  It wasn’t that the area didn’t have phone service, but that the Prestons were saving all the money they could to pay for the grandmother’s nursing care.

Posted on: December 21, 2017

 

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