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The German Shepherd Attack

Comment:

I love your book “Shiloh” and I just finished reading it. What I like is that you are really good at expressing each of your characters in the story. What made me sad was that Shiloh got attacked by a German shepherd and Shiloh had loads of tears on his body. I have only have read your 1st book and I adore it! One question though, how did you make it so a-mazing?!

Phyllis replied:

I’m really glad that you liked it so much.  I know, the attack by the German shepherd was difficult to write about.  Have you seen the movie?  That scene is very scary, but in reality, those two dogs were really playing, and the growling was added in.  Someone from the Humane Society was there all the time making sure that no animals were hurt in the making of the movie.

Posted on: December 13, 2016

A Big Fan

Comment:

I like the book ”Shiloh” it was pretty neat. You did make it a little hard to make a few theory’s. Like in the beginning Marty wanted Shiloh but he had to do some hard work to get him and at the end he got him. Judd in the beginning wouldn’t let Marty have Shiloh and didn’t take care of his dogs at the end Judd took good care of his dogs and also let Marty have Shiloh. I was surprised that you did write a book about something that was familiar from what you saw once before. How did you come up with the characters and the paths throughout the story?

Phyllis replied:

Hmmm.  I’m guessing that coming up with theories about the book was your homework assignment, right?   I wasn’t really thinking about theories when I wrote it.  I just wanted to tell a story, and I was especially interested in how Marty would be able to persuade Judd to let him have Shiloh.  With me, every book starts with a situation, and the characters develop from that.

 

Posted on: December 13, 2016

Looking Forward to the Next Three Books

Comment:

I as very surprised that Judd gave Shiloh to Marty and even gave Marty a less used collar for Shiloh to wear, and I was also surprised that Judd started to be nice to Marty.  I saw that you have written other Shiloh books and I am looking forward to reading them. Thank you for entertaining me.

Phyllis replied:

I think you’ll like those next 3 books just as much.

Posted on: December 13, 2016

Judd Opens up a Little to Marty

I enjoyed reading the book Shiloh a lot. Marty built lots of theories and paths. That is why I like the book Shiloh. Judd opened up a little to Marty. And by the end, Marty had Shiloh. You have made the best book I have ever read. I’m serious. And I hope that we will read the next Shiloh.

Phyllis replied:

It takes a long time for Judd to really turn his life around, as you will see in the last 3 books of the Shiloh quartet.  But at least Marty makes a start in helping him along.

Posted on: December 13, 2016

The German Shephard…Genius!

Comment:

I am writing because I have some questions about “Shiloh”. I have only read the first book in the series, so some of my questions will probably be answered in the second or third book. I would like to ask how long did it take to write this wonderful book? How did you come up with the twist of the German Shepard and how Marty kept working and never gave up? He has quite the perseverance!

Phyllis replied:

The German Shepard demonstrated that decisions have consequences, some good, some bad.  My own favorite part of the book was how Marty kept working, keeping his part of the bargain, and actually became a role model for Judd.

Posted on: December 13, 2016

The Paths you Took in Shiloh

Comment:

I am writing to you today because I want to talk about your book, “Shiloh”. First of all, I want to say that “Shiloh” was an amazing book and I would rate it 10 out of 10 stars. One question I have is; How did you come up with that ending? It’s a very good one and if I wrote this book it would not be as good as yours. The biggest surprise for me was when you mentioned Baker’s dog because no one thought about it and then all the sudden he makes a huge part of the story. I also want to know; Was hard choosing the paths you took in the story? I think if I was an author I would have trouble thinking of the paths and choices to make.

Phyllis replied:

I’m delighted that you gave it such a high rating.  When I started writing the book, I began by wanting to know how an eleven year old boy could convince a man like Judd to let him have his dog.  But as I got to know my characters and try to put myself in the place of each one, they acted just as they did in the story, because that seemed like the most logical way they would behave and feel.  It was hard to write about the Bakers’ dog and its attack, but yes, Marty’s decision to hide the dog had its consequences.  If you read all four books, which are like a continued story, you will see that Marty had other choices to make, and that all his problems weren’t solved once he got  Shiloh from Judd.

Posted on: December 13, 2016

Shiloh Letters

Comment:

Do you have an address where I could mail something to you my students did for Marty/Shiloh? We just studied it as a whole class novel. We are located in Indianola, IA and I teach fourth grade!

Phyllis replied:

You may mail it to me at 401 Russell Avenue, Apt. 713, Gaithersburg, MD  20877

Posted on: November 4, 2016

Is there a real Shiloh, West Virginia?

Comment:

I’ve read all four of the Shiloh books.  Is there a real place called Shiloh, West Virginia?

Phyllis replied:

Yes, there is.  It’s a small community, and the last time I visited, there was just a simple little road sign to tell a traveler that he was entering Shiloh.  If you were to stop at the small post office in the town of Friendly,  West Virginia, the postmaster could tell you how to get up there.  The old Shiloh school house is gone, but you would see Middle Island Creek, and the bridge that Shiloh didn’t want to cross again.

 

Posted on: October 25, 2016

We love Shiloh!

Comment:

We really loved the book Shiloh. We are a 4th grade classroom at the small school called Sacred Catholic School. We live in Lincoln, Nebraska. Our school is a classical education school which means we only read REALLY awesome great books like your book.

Our favorite part of Shiloh was when Marty saved Shiloh and Judd Travers was even a little nice to Marty at the end.

We had a lot of great conversations about this book. We wanted to know if you agreed that Marty should’ve kept Shiloh a secret from his parents. We talked a lot about which was right… to lie to your parents and save Shiloh or tell the truth and know Shiloh could get hurt. What would you have done?

Last thing… have you ever been to Nebraska? If you ever come here, please visit us! We’d love to have you!

God bless,

Miss Scolaro’s 4th grade class

 

Phyllis replied:

Thank you for your wonderful letter.  The questions you were asking yourselves about what Marty should do were the same conversations I was having in my head when I wrote the book.  Fortunately, I didn’t have to make a decision in real life because friends of ours in West  Virginia finally adopted the dog.   And just as Marty says to his dad, when his father tells him he wants him to do what’s right, “What’s RIGHT?”  There are situations in life where it’s hard to tell the difference between right and wrong.  Yes, I have been to your great state.  In fact, I was there in 1996 to accept the Nebraska Golden Sower Award for Shiloh, and again in 1999 to accept the Golden Sower Award for Shiloh Season, the second book in the series.  I hope your class will also enjoy Saving Shiloh and the final book, A Shiloh Christmas.

Posted on: October 19, 2016

Could I have a signed copy of your book?

Comment:

I just want to start out by saying your book, Shiloh is amazing! I just read it for about the 10th time and every time I never come out from reading Shiloh dry-eyed. This book absolutely touched my heart. I think Judd is cruel to have beaten his dogs. This book really opened my eyes. When I grow up I want to be a dog charity owner, and save every dog I possibly could! I think it’s amazing how your brain came up with all of these different ideas! If you possibly could I would love a copy of your book Shiloh signed.

Phyllis replied:

Wouldn’t it be great if authors could just write books and give them out free? But just as plumbers aren’t expected to give free service and restaurants wouldn’t stay in business if they gave out free meals, authors make their living by writing and seeing their books sold in bookstores.  But I am always glad to  sign books that are sent to me or that people bring to author signings.  I’m just so happy that you like my book, and hope you do become a dog charity owner.

 

 

 

Posted on: October 6, 2016

 

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