Shiloh Blog

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

translate into Chinese

I am translating into Chinese, and would like to introduce it to Chinese kids. Would u please grand me the permission to do so?
Phyllis replied:

You would need to contact the rights department at my publisher, but I think there is already a Chinese translation.

Posted on: January 26, 2017

Would you call me about Shiloh?

Comment:

id love to talk to you about your book Shiloh if you would please call me

Phyllis replied:

I’m sorry I can’t call you (even though you gave me your phone number).  I really wish I had time to call readers who write to me, but I’m trying so hard to concentrate on my next book.

Posted on: January 24, 2017

Will there be a Shiloh # 5?

Comment:

I love the Shiloh series and am excited about A Shiloh Christmas! Will there be a Shiloh 5 ?

Phyllis replied:

No, “A Shiloh Christmas” is the 4th and final book of the Shiloh series.  I think everything comes around full circle, and readers will finally see how things worked out between Marty Preston and Judd Travers.  But I’m happy that you loved the books so much.

Posted on: January 19, 2017

We Talked to You!

Comment:

I’m not sure if you remember me or not, but I was the teacher who contacted you when my students were reading Shiloh and we arranged a conference call.  You were wonderful to listen to all of my 15 student’s questions about the book.  I had walked the kids to my house from school to use my speaker phone landline (no cell phones back then). The last question was whether you would write a sequel to Shiloh.  At that point, you had thought not!  They told you that they would love it if you did!  I had so many of them return several years to discuss Shiloh Season and Saving Shiloh.  They were thrilled.  Fast forward to now.  I have been retired for 6 years and I volunteer at our local Salvation Army thrift store in the book department and someone donated a brand new copy of A Shiloh Christmas! Thank you for keeping such a beautiful story going.  I’m just about to start reading it!  I will pass it on to the gal who took my place and still teaches the Shiloh book unit!! When I retired I had 3,000+ books in my classroom and it included almost all of your books!  Thank you for making my job so fulfilling using your creations!

Phyllis replied:

Three thousand books in your classroom!  I’m honored to be included.   Yes, there are four Shiloh books now and “A Shiloh Christmas” ends the series.  There is a lot to think about, because the plots could have gone different ways, and Marty could have reacted very differently than what he did.  Thank you for donated that final book to your old classroom.  And thanks for your very nice email.

Posted on: January 16, 2017

Shiloh movies

Comment:

Are you gonna make more movies?

Phyllis replied:

I hope so, except that I don’t make them.  The producers are talking about the possibility of a movie of A Shiloh Christmas, but there is so much to consider, and so many different ways to go about it.  Of course we will announce it when it happens.

 

Posted on: January 11, 2017

Shiloh…Love this book!

Comment:

I love the book Shiloh. The way you put the book together is amazing. How long did it take you to write Shiloh? How many drafts did you do? My favorite part of Shiloh is when Judd gives Marty Shiloh. It made me feel relieved that Marty earned Shiloh. I was scared at first, then Judd gave Shiloh to Marty. My favorite character was Marty. I like how he was brave, smart, and he cared about animals.

Phyllis replied:

It took about six or eight weeks to write the first draft.  That’s very fast for me, but I was so emotionally involved in that story that I could hardly do anything else except write.  Then a number of drafts followed, the first and second were written by hand; then I typed the third draft on my computer, changing as I went.   Printed it out, changed some more, printed it out, changed some more, until finally I felt it was the best I could do and sent it to my publisher.

Posted on: December 23, 2016

Shiloh Christmas

Comment:

DO you need to read the Shiloh books in order? I just finished Shiloh with my class and I’d love to read them Shiloh Christmas this week BUT do not want to spoil anything if I decide to do the trilogy with them. Thanks!

Phyllis replied:

There are really four books, Shiloh, Shiloh Season, Saving Shiloh, and A Shiloh Christmas.    It’s one continued story.  Each book can be read alone, and you can go from the first book to the fourth–Marty summarizes the other two just a little in the last book–but if you plan to read the second and third books, then I’m afraid you’ll take some of the steam out of the plot, as they’ll already know the ending.  But still, there are a number of exciting things that happen in the other two books, and perhaps your students will be curious as to how the ending came to be.

Posted on: December 23, 2016

Question from Poland

Comment:

Hello!
I am a student at Jan Długosz University in Częstochowa, Poland. I am writing my final paper using your book, Shiloh.
I would like your comments on my thoughts about the story.
In Shiloh, I loved the way the villian, Judd Travers, changes because of the boy’s honorable behaviour. I wonder of it is the coming-of-age of the Judd Traver’s rather than that of Marty Preston.
Thank you and I have enjoyed your story very much,
Phyllis replied:

You have good insight into the story.  In fact, if you read the three books following Shiloh–you will see a slow change in this angry, miserable man.  And it’s Marty’s example of sticking to his word that seems to impress and confound Judd Travers.

 

Posted on: December 23, 2016

 

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