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West Virginia people

Comment:

I just read your book, “Shiloh”. I really enjoyed it. It was very interesting and different in a good way I got to see how West Virginia people acted and how they live in their environment and how much different my life is then theirs. How did you think of the paths of the book, they were very interesting?

Phyllis replied:

People are more alike than they are different, actually.  In fact, if you compare Marty’s life with that of his friend, David Howard, you’ll see that although in some ways their lives, their homes, their father’s occupations are different, the two boys, and the two families, are alike in so many ways, and they both live not too far apart in West Virginia.

Posted on: December 13, 2016

Would Judd be Taken Away?

Comment:

I am a big fan of your stupendous book, “Shiloh”. The book was amazing! It was so well written. In the book so many theories popped in my mind. Like maybe Judd would be taken away for child labor laws or he would pin the deer on Marty. It surprised me that Judd actually went through with the deal. The way you came up with certain decisions blew my mind. I would have never thought Judd would actually give Marty that leash. The way you ended it was really cool. Like how everything ended up okay! I have some questions for you. How did you choose the way the book went? I have another question. How did you get your inspiration for “Shiloh”? Shiloh is such a great book and I can’t wait to read the next books!

Phyllis replied:

I actually found a dog in Shiloh, West Virginia–skinny, frightened, dirty, hungry-and even after friends adopted her, I couldn’t get her out of my mind.  Feeling sure she had once been abused, I wrote a book about her (but changed her to a “he” for a variety of reasons).

Posted on: December 13, 2016

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

 

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