Shiloh Blog

Origin of Shiloh

Comment:
Hello, I’m nine, ( As I’m Writing This )and I’m currently working on a Shiloh Origin story. Such as Shiloh’s life as a puppy, and when Judd first bought him. And I’d love if when I finish, you could read it. It will probably be finished in late December, or early January. So, I’d like for you to reply.

Phyllis replied:

I don’t usually accept things to read because I am always facing a book deadline of some kind or another, and I just get too many requests for this.  But if your story is very short, it may be something that readers would enjoy.  Good luck with your writing!

 

Posted on: September 28, 2017

Shiloh Lives On

Comment:

I have a suggestion for you. Since you finished the Shiloh quartet with the finale, A Shiloh Christmas, why don’t you create a new Shiloh quartet? I have a suggestion that may interest you. It’s about this eight-year-old girl named Rexela “Rex” Favale and she meets Shiloh when her dad, Ben, drives her to karate class. Then a 12-year-old dogcatcher named Wound(as in the booboo) captures Shiloh and brings him to the pound. So after she rescues Shiloh, she brings him home and hangs out with him with her seven-year-old identical twin sisters, Hallie and Lola, her parrot, Lucie, and her husky dog, Barbara and Ben. Then at the end, she decides to return Shiloh and instead of Marty coming to the door, it’s Marty’s son, Matthew. Matthew tells Rex she can keep Shiloh. I’ve got some pages you can write down.

Phyllis replied:

Hmmmm.  Since Marty was eleven years old in the first Shiloh book, and Shiloh was about a two-year-old dog, and at the end of your book Marty has a son who is….eleven?  That means Marty would be about thirty-six years old, his son would be eleven, and Shiloh would be….um….a twenty-seven year old dog!   You sound like a person who has a great imagination, and perhaps you would have a lot of fun writing your own Shiloh book for yourself and your friends!  Actually, most writers prefer to think up their own ideas, because we have to feel very close to something to make an idea work.  I’m happy that you like the Shiloh books so much!

Posted on: September 20, 2017

Sad News

This week I received the awful news that Blake Heron, the actor who played the role of Marty Preston in the first SHILOH movie, had died.  He was now 35 years old, though I believe he was about 13 or 14 when the movie was produced.  He played with such feeling, and truly brought the character to life.  The whole cast is heartbroken over the death of this promising actor.   Phyllis

 

 

Posted on: September 14, 2017

When Shiloh was published

Comment:

what did it feel like when you figured out that your book shiloh was published?

Phyllis Naylor:

I was really happy when the editor wrote back that he liked my story, and was going to publish it.  Once a manuscript is accepted, of course, then the editor and the author go over it again and again to change words or sentences here and there to be sure it is clear to the reader.  It takes about a year from the time a book is accepted until it appears in the bookstores.  It has to be read by the copy-editor, then it has to wait in line for the printer.  An illustrator must be chosen to work on the cover of the book….it takes a lot of people to turn a manuscript into a book.

 

Posted on: September 7, 2017

Shiloh is the best

Comment:

Hi ms Naylor I am 10 years old. Shiloh is the best book. I had to read it this summer for 5th grade and we even watched the movie so good

Phyllis replied:

I’m so happy you liked the Shiloh book.  There are three more books in that quartet:  SHILOH SEASON, SAVING SHILOH, and A SHILOH CHRISTMAS.  If you want to know what happens finally between Marty and Judd Travers, you may want to read them all!

 

Posted on: September 4, 2017

A new Shiloh movie?

Comment:

I love reading the shiloh books and watching the movies. I got A Shiloh Christmas book this past christmas. Enjoyed reading the new book. Can’t wait to see if A Shiloh Christmas gets to have a movie 🙂

 

Phyllis replied:

I hope there will be another movie too, but making a movie takes a long time–writing a screenplay, auditioning the cast, rehearsals, funding…. but anything could happen.

Posted on: August 26, 2017

How Can I Get an Autographed Copy?

Comment:
Ihope you can help me with a surprise for the woman I love. While getting to know my girlfriend she mentioned happy moments during her childhood and that her favorite book of all time was your book Shiloh. After searching near and far I stumbled across your site and wanted to see if there was anyway I could get a signed copy for her? It would mean the world to her and would be an amazing way for me to share her love of reading.  I thank you in advance and truly look forward to hearing from you 🙂

 

Phyllis replied:

 

I often get these requests and am glad to do it.  My contract does not allow me to sell books myself, so you need to purchase the book you want–hardcover or paperback–and mail it to me, at 401 Russell Ave., Apt. 713, Gaithersburg, MD, 20877, along with a self-addressed, stamped mailer to get it back to you.  Make sure you repeat the name of the person you are giving it to, so I can autograph it correctly.  You can purchase the book directly from my website, www.phyllisnaylor.com.

Posted on: August 20, 2017

Shiloh

Comment:

One of the reasons I like your Shiloh series is it seems to reach the heart and provide good lessons. I am wondering if you have a series, or could recommend a series, of books that could help children learn to overcome past heartbreak while recognizing the love they are being given while building/ encouraging self esteem and teaching respect. This world of technology is sometimes a gift and other times a burden. I am hoping to find a series that can be read among the children that is enjoyable and engaging.. I tried to read a little about the Alice series and think this may be good for the girls (ages 5, 10, 12), but want to be sure they are age appropriate moving through the series.  Thanks for the great Shiloh series and for any recommendations you may have.

Phyllis replied:

I’ve written a number of series books, but SHILOH is obviously the best for the reasons you’ve mentioned.  Just helping children become better readers so they are exposed to the way others live, and the problems others face will help them know that they are not alone.  Another series of mine that is very popular among 4th, 5th, and 6th graders is the Boys/versus/girls books–12 books beginning with THE BOYS START THE WAR and THE GIRLS GET EVEN–and ending with WHO WON THE WAR?  (See these listed on my website–www.phyllisnaylor.com ) These take place in the imaginary town of Buckman, West Virginia (really Buckhannon, where my husband grew up).   These are simply fun books to read–two families learning to get along with each other.  The Alice series is another, but as she gets slightly older in each book, a five year-old would enjoy the first two books in the series, but perhaps should wait a few years before she reads the third.  Sometimes an adult reading the first book aloud to a child or group of children will inspire them to read the rest of a series by themselves.

Posted on: July 29, 2017

Shiloh Questions

Comment:

The third and fourth grade reading class at Our Lady of Mercy School in Potomac, MD would like to know if you will ever write another book featuring the character Shiloh. We would also like to know if you still live in Bethesda, since that is close to our school and perhaps we can meet you one day. We really enjoyed your book, Shiloh. We read it during our summer reading class. Also, if we want to send you handwritten letters, what address can we send them to? We are excited to hear back from you!

Phyllis replied:

Yes, there are three more books in the Shiloh quartet:  Shiloh Season, Saving Shiloh, and A Shiloh Christmas.   They form a continued story, so it’s best to read them in that order.  I live in Gaithersburg now, and you can send your letters to me at 401 Russell Avenue, Apt. 713, Gaithersburg, MD, 20877.  Please send your school address, however, not individual addresses if you want a reply.

Posted on: July 29, 2017

A Shiloh Christmas

Comment:

Any chance of A Shiloh Christmas movie?

Phyllis replied:

The director is thinking about it….

Posted on: July 19, 2017

 

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