Shiloh Blog

A few questions

Comment:

Why is Shiloh a beagle are beagles your favorite type of dog breed????What was your inspiration to become a writer and write Shiloh???Were you happy with the movie or would you liked to have made a few changes or edits to the movie!!!I love your books and would like to know some suggestions to some.I love your books and characters!!!!Love,
Shiloh lover❤

 

Phyllis replied:

When I came across the dog in West Virginia, which became the inspiration for the series, she looked something like a beagle.  And since beagles can be used for hunting, I decided that Shiloh would be a beagle.  I did like the movie very much.  I’m not sure we needed the added character of Sam, but there were some fine actors in that movie.  If you like to read series books, read the four books of my cat series: The  Grand Escape, The Healing of Texas Jake, Carlotta’s Kittens, and Polo’s Mother.  You might also like the series that begins with The Boys  Start the War and The Girls Get Even.

Posted on: February 8, 2017

Was Shiloh real?

Comment:

hi, did you recue Shiloh if he is real? I rescued my dog and I love her.

Phyllis replied:

Sometimes rescued dogs are the most lovable!   Actually, this dog followed my husband and me back to our friends’ house in West Virginia, when we were there visiting.  I could tell she (this dog was female) was hungry and abused, and later heard that my friends adopted her and named her Clover.   We went back to visit a number of times before she died, and she was, indeed, “the happiest dog in West Virginia!”

Posted on: February 4, 2017

shiloh

Comment:

Hi,I read the book “Shiloh” in class. I love it! I have 2 questions. 1.Is Shiloh a dog that relates to your live. 2.How did you come up with that name if it is not the name of a dog that relates to your life.

Phyllis replied:

Hmmm.  Sounds like a class assignment.  1.  Shiloh was the name I gave to the dog character in my book, based on the abused dog I found in West Virginia.  2.  The place where I actually came across this dog was a small community called Shiloh.  I’m glad you liked my book!

Posted on: February 4, 2017

I Want to Become Writer

Comment

I want to become an author just like you and write children’s books when I am older. Would you say this is a great career or does have some pros and cons? 2) Why do you think people gave you so many rejections? I personally would say you wouldn’t deserve any! 3) I LOVE to read! Are there any books you would recommend? 😉 Love, a Shiloh addict

Phyllis replied:

Like all careers, this has pros and cons:  it is a very competitive field.  When I first began submitting manuscripts, you could send it right to an editor.  Now, most publishers insist that manuscripts come to them through an agent.  Also, I wrote short stories for church magazines for 15 years before I ever attempted to write a novel, and I learned a great deal this way.  Yes, I  received over 10,000 rejection slips, but this was a time that I could send out multiple copies of a single story, and because Baptists didn’t read Methodist publications, and Methodists didn’t read Catholic story papers, church editors didn’t mind.  So a single story may have received eleven rejections, and nine acceptances.  I was able to support myself in this way.  So many of my friends are writers, it’s hard to recommend any one book over the others.  I loved Katherine Paterson’s the Great Gilly Hopkins. Also Jerry Spinelli’s Wringer.  And Gary Paulson’s Hatchet.  If you liked Shiloh, make sure you read the other three books in that series.  You might also enjoy Faith, Hope and Ivy June; Jade Green; The Boys Start the War, and the 28 books of my Alice series.  As to  your own writing, write from the heart.  Try taking events from your own life that affected  you emotionally and use these as starting places.  Turn them over to your imagination and see where they take you.  And don’t give up!

Posted on: February 2, 2017

Shiloh is amazing!

Comment:
I absolutely love Shiloh’s books! You came up with very interesting and informative ideas! I have two question though… why did you decide  to have Marty have such a great connection with Shiloh? Also, did you like the idea of the new character in the 1st Shiloh movie? Great job on all of your writing!

Phyllis replied:

If Marty had not had such a great connection with Shiloh, it wouldn’t have been much of a plot, would it?  I didn’t feel that the addition of a new character in the movie was necessary, but the producers wanted to make sure that girls would enjoy the movie as much as boys, so they added a girl, and called her “Sam.”

Posted on: February 1, 2017

Favorite Dogs

Comment:

I was a big fan of where the red fern growS as a child.My favorite dog was a coon hound red color named atlas.

Phyllis replied:

We grew up with a Springer Spaniel named Pepper.  I still remember the night my Dad brought her home.  We had made her a nice warm bed in our basement, but when we left her alone she whimpered.  So we gave her my younger brother’s teddy bear, and she snuggled right up to it and went to sleep.

 

Posted on: February 1, 2017

which book should i read first?

Comment:

I have 2 Shiloh books Saving Shiloh with a boy holding the dog and a man on the cover and the other is just called Shiloh with the dog on the cover. which one do i read first in order to understand the book?

 

Phyllis replied:

Read Shiloh first.  There are a total of four books in the series.  Here is the order you should read them if you can:  Shiloh, Shiloh Season, Saving Shiloh, A Shiloh Christmas.

 

Posted on: January 31, 2017

Author Letter From Ethyn

Comment:

Shiloh was the best book I have ever read in my life. You had a good ending at the end of shiloh. I have studied some good facts about you. Like you are best known by children’s novel books.
Out of all your books I have read I think shiloh is the best. You are the best author I have studied. You are one of my favorite authors.

Phyllis replied:

Thank you for your email.  I’m glad you liked the ending to the story.

Posted on: January 30, 2017

My connection with Shiloh

Comment:
I’ve seen a hurt dog, In fact, my dog had been bitten and scratched on his face. I saw him at the pet store and just knew something had happened. He was so frail and fragile. Judd had been so cruel to Shiloh and it seemed as if Shiloh would be “scarred” in a way. I can’t imagine the way Shiloh looked when Marty saw him.
When Judd just gave up, Shiloh was safe and couldn’t get hurt anymore by him… but I thought that the horrors would never quite be forgiven or forgotten.
The way that Judd had changed in the way he thought about Marty and Shiloh had been so unexpected. After all the beating and abuse he caused to his dogs, he seemed like a forever selfish man, wanting only bad things for others and fortune for himself. When he gave the poor beagle to Marty it made me happy that Shiloh had finally gotten a permanent home with a loving family, that Judd would just let him go.
I realized Judd was broken and had only known the wrongs in his life, never being able to really help others. He needed to see the compassion between Marty and Shiloh to really understand selflessness so he could finally pull himself back together. Shiloh just needed a home where he was cared about, where his “feelings” were important.
No matter who or what you are, it doesn’t matter what you’ve done, you need to see love and you need to experience love. Kindness is essential to life, even if people say that they don’t need it. I hope that nobody can go without that warmth of care.
Phyllis replied:

You seem like a very compassionate person, and it’s wonderful that your dog found a home with you.  Thanks so much for your email.

Posted on: January 30, 2017

shiloh rocks!

Comment:

Dear Mrs. Naylor,
I am a 4th grade teacher in Palos Verdes, Ca. My students absolutely love reading Shiloh! We are just about to read the last chapter and they are on the edge of their seats. We have 2 questions…..1) Does your life relate to the story in any way? Do you personally know anyone who acts like Marty or Judd? 2) Why did you choose Friendly as the setting of your story? Have you been there before.
Thanks for being awesome! We hope to hear from you soon!
Love,
Mrs. Cummins’ 4th Graders:)

Phyllis replied:

Since I found the dog in Shiloh, West Virginia, who inspired the Shiloh books, yes my life relates very much to the story.  And the fact that friends eventually adopted her (it was a female dog), meant that I got to see her again when we went to visit.  All the characters in my books are from my imagination, and I would love to think there are many kids around like Marty.  Shiloh is a real place, and so is Friendly.  Since that’s the location where I found the dog, that’s why I used real places in the story.

 

Posted on: January 30, 2017

 

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