Shiloh Blog

I’ve read it three times!

Comment:

The book Shiloh is amazing. I have read it three times and I can’t get enough of it. The text helps you get a great picture in your mind and know where and why things are happening. I love how Shiloh is written in first person showing what the main character is feeling. Next there are more than just one issue, there are multiple. One is Shiloh being mistreated by his owner, his family doesn’t a lot of money, and Shiloh gets brutally injured. Secondly the villain (Judd Travers) gives us a glimpse in his past to tell us why he is like he is, because he was beaten in his past life and now he thinks it okay to do the same to animals, and he shoots deer out of season. Marty then does whatever it takes to win Shiloh from Judd Travers. So he is working for Judd Travers to pay for Shiloh. I would recommend this book to everybody.

Phyllis replied:

I’m so happy you liked the book.  I hope you will enjoy the last three books in the series:  Shiloh Season, Saving Shiloh, and A Shiloh Christmas.

Posted on: February 11, 2017

If You Were Marty…

Comment:

I read your book and I really liked it especially when Judd let Marty have Shiloh at the end of the book. Shiloh because it would be really awesome. If you were Marty what would do to get Shiloh if you really wanted him? If Judd actually shot Shiloh would Judd go to jail for awhile? When Doc Murphy saved shiloh what if shiloh died how would that reflect the story at the end of it?

Phyllis replied:

That was the question I gave myself when I started writing the book–what could an eleven year-old boy do to persuade a mean and miserable man to let him keep his dog?  And I would do what Marty did.  As for what would happen if Judd actually shot Shiloh, or Doc Murphy couldn’t save Shiloh?  Then the other three books in the series would never have been written.  Right?

Posted on: February 11, 2017

If You Could Change Anything….

Comment:

I think that Shiloh was a good book. I liked the characters Shiloh and Marty and I’m glad Judd made an agreement that if Marty helped him with chores he could get enough money he could have Shiloh. If you could change anything in the book what would it be?

Phyllis replied:

I’m not sure I would change something, except perhaps a sentence here and there.  Shiloh is one of the few books that I’ve written that I like just the way it is.

Posted on: February 11, 2017

Shiloh

Comment:

My guided reading group just got done reading your book Shiloh. My favorite part about the book is that when it’s time to stop reading or we’re not supposed to read any farther I just want to keep reading on because it’s so good. Also my favorite character is Marty because he’s kinda like my brother and my brother my friend and because if he wants something he will work for it and won’t just sit there. I’m so happy that you wrote this book.

 

Phyllis replied:

This often happens in books, doesn’t it?   Characters remind us of people we know.

Posted on: February 11, 2017

Sad or happy?

Comment:

i am about to read shiloh i was wondering if the series is sad or happy . my sister loves the alice series

 

Phyllis replied:

There are some sad scenes in the series, but I promise that at the end of each book, you’ll be happy.

Posted on: February 8, 2017

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

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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

 

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