Shiloh Blog

Shiloh’s Halloween???

Comment:

can u plz plz make more shiloh books. Sholohs holloween? thx

 

Phyllis replied:

Shiloh’s Halloween?   Um….I don’t think so.  I’m afraid that would be followed by Shiloh’s Fourth of July, and then Shiloh Gets Married, and who knows where that would end?   I think I’ve probably written all I wanted to say about  Shiloh, but there’s always the possibility of a movie, and who knows what might happen then!

 

Posted on: April 28, 2017

Inspiration

Comment:

What inspired you to write Shiloh? Do you own any dogs like Shiloh? I love the Shiloh books! 😉

 

Phyllis replied:

I came across such a dog in the little community of Shiloh, West Virginia, back in 1988, and couldn’t get her out of my mind.  So I built a story around her, changing her to a male dog and naming her “Shiloh.”   You’ll find out more about her on this website, www.phyllisnaylor.com   I don’t own any dogs now, but I grew up with a Springer Spaniel named Pepper.  You’ll find a photo of her on this website as well.

Posted on: April 27, 2017

Inspiration

Comment:

What inspired you to write Shiloh? Do you own any dogs like Shiloh? I love the Shiloh books! 😉

 

Phyllis replied:

No, but I grew up with a Springer Spaniel dog named Pepper, whom I loved.   I got my inspiration for the 4 books of the Shiloh series when I found a frightened, filthy, abused dog in West Virginia, in the little community of Shiloh.  Friends of ours adopted her and took her in, but before I knew she had found a good home, I was so worried about her that I started writing the first book, Shiloh.  I went back to visit her several times before she died in 2000 at about eleven years of age.  Our friends named her “Clover,” and claim she was now the happiest dog in West Virginia.

Posted on: April 22, 2017

Shiloh and Peacebuilding

Comment:
I am reading the first Shiloh book to my twin sons, age 8.
As a professional peacebuilder, with a lot of experience throughout the world in peacebuilding for Mennonite Central Committee, the UN, and other organizations, I am quite moved by this story.
It’s wonderfully crafted!

My boys love it – they are more hungry to keep reading, than with any other books we’ve read, and that includes several of the Laura Ingalls Wilder books!

I’m especially touched by – and grateful for – the unfolding insight into Judd Travers. This is making for wonderful conversation – first of all about how mean he is, but then about the discovery that this abusive man was abused himself and quite lonely.

It’s the kind of insight that somehow seems to elude even many adults, and here it is woven into the fabric of this spellbinding tale!

My boys “get it” immediately. One of them, who kept saying he hates Judd Travers in the beginning, is now saying, “Well, maybe Judd Travers isn’t a bad guy. His dad was bad. But Judd Travers is stupid!”

Thank you for this gift to my boys, and to the world!
Phyllis replied:

I appreciated your email so much.  As you read the other three books–most especially the final one, A Shiloh Christmas,” I think you’ll find the peacekeeping theme even more pronounced.  My older son attends meetings in a Quaker congregation, and we’ve had many  interesting conversations about how to go about uniting different viewpoints.  I actually don’t start out with a theme or moral at all–only a story–in this case, how would an eleven year old boy convince a  mean and miserable man to give up one of his hunting dogs?  And, as I got more into the story, What’s right? as Marty eventually asks his dad.  Thank you for letting me know how much the book means to your family.

Posted on: April 15, 2017

Tell if Judd dies or not.

Comment:

Did Shiloh die?

 

Phyllis replied:

In my four Shiloh books, Judd has a serious accident, but he doesn’t die.  Neither does Shiloh.  In real life, however, the little dog I found in West Virginia that inspired the Shiloh books, was adopted by a loving couple, friends of ours in Shiloh, W. V., and lived a happy life until she (it was a female dog) died in 2000 and is buried there, with a tombstone over the grave, on their property.

Posted on: April 13, 2017

Shiloh Season

Comment:

Is Shiloh Season available in Spanish? If so, where can I get it? We have a Spanish speaking student, and her class is starting the book. Thank you.

Phyllis replied:

I truly wish it was available in Spanish, and perhaps somewhere down the line it will be.  The first book in the quartet, Shiloh, was published in Spanish.   Perhaps you could contact that publisher in Mexico: www.fondodeculturaeconomica.com

 

Posted on: April 11, 2017

Marty’s Lies

Comment:

Do you believe that there are occasions when lying to your parents is OK?

 

Phyllis replied:

This was the question I posed, among others.  This gray area between right and wrong.  Whichever way Marty chose, there were consequences.  He had already tried once to convince his parents that the dog was being abused, that he wanted to protect it, and his father insisted it be returned to its legal owner. Once again, dog was abused.  The second time it ran away and  came to Marty, he did what his heart felt was right.  But that too had consequences, and this time the dog was seriously injured.  It is not a question for me to answer.  It is for the reader to wrestle with.  What would you do?

Posted on: March 29, 2017

Shiloh mystery ending

Comment:
What a great series you wrote! Yesterday I finished the last book in the Shiloh Trilogy. I notice you left us hanging about the murder in Bens Run. I would absolutely love for you to tell me and many others of your fans about who killed him. I really like your books and I am reading your other book ICE. Thank you. I would like to be a great author just like you.
Phyllis replied:

Hmmm, I didn’t?   I skimmed the books but couldn’t find where I had written a conclusion to that.  I’m not sure I ever said.  What was important to me was that whatever seemed to go wrong was always blamed on Judd by some people, and this was just another example.  And even after it was proved that it was someone else who had killed a man, it didn’t seem to change opinions about Judd.  I’m so glad you enjoyed the series.  I hope you’ll enjoy some of the other books I’ve written, similar to Shiloh and Ice.

Posted on: March 16, 2017

reading

Comment:

why did Marty hide Shiloh and Judd travers was cursing at his dogs?

Phyllis replied:

Hmmm.  I wonder if you’ve really read the book.  Marty hid the dog because he knew his parents might make him give the dog back to it’s legal owner, and then Shiloh would probably be beaten or kicked, the way Judd treats his dogs.  Cursing was just part of Judd’s life–he was a miserable man who had been whipped as a boy, and he really didn’t know how to be kind.

Posted on: March 9, 2017

Does Shiloh Die?

Comment:

Shiloh series is a fantastic book series. My 8 year old son and his classmates were reading Shiloh, and he wanted to continue that at home. My son and I read together at night, and this has been a great series to do that with. We are on the last book  A Shiloh Christmas. My concern is that after all this time loving this dog, we find out that Shiloh dies. I know all dogs do, we lost our beloved dog just a couple years ago. It was very difficult. Every so often our son will say, “I really miss him”, just out of the blue. 🙁 I need to be prepared and know if Shiloh Dies at the End of This Book. I need to be prepared to help my son with it. Thanks so much for your work. And for giving my son and I some special time each evening.

Phyllis replied:

Shiloh does NOT die in my series.  Perhaps the fact that the real dog back in West Virginia, which inspired the series, died in 2000, gets mixed up with the dog in the book.  Although there are lots of tense moments in A Shiloh Christmas, I think that both you and your son will enjoy the ending.

Posted on: February 27, 2017

 

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