FAQ

Before you ask a question, take a look at this page. It’s useful if you are a blogger or writing an online review. Please see below (“for new writers”) if you are a student doing a paper,  a new writer or have another question.

I really appreciate good reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, even if short. If you liked STARTERS, please “like” the best good reviews on GR and Amazon too. Thank you so much for the support!

Please do not give away any spoilers — this is especially important for readers tweeting after they’ve read Enders because you can’t assume all my followers have read Enders yet.

If you want to post a cover for Starters or Enders, please make sure it is 1) the actual cover you’ve seen in your country on the shelf or on an established bookseller’s site or 2) any of the ones posted here on this site. Please do not post other covers. 

Here are some questions of interest to bloggers:

1. In Starters, you have Starters and Enders, but all the Middles are dead? I don’t believe some of the Middles didn’t get the vaccine!

You are right. In Starters, it says that some of the VIP Middles got the vaccine by using their power. This would be holo-stars, politicians, etc. Callie’s mother argues in a flashback that the father should get the vaccine to protect them, because he has contacts, but he doesn’t believe in using his position to get it when the triage policy is that the young and the elderly should get it first.

2. So where are the Middles?

You’ll see them in Enders. They didn’t feature in the plot of book 1.

3. If some Enders are living to 200, due to medical advancements as you said in the story*, didn’t you like skip a generation? Is your math wrong? (only one blogger didn’t get this, but I put it here just in case)

No. Let’s take Helena. She had her baby at age 45 (not unheard of today and certainly possible in this future where medical advances are allowing people to live longer). Then her daughter grows up and has her baby at, say, 46. So now Helena is 91. When the granddaughter turns 16, Helena is 107. No generation was skipped. Some women had their children even later.

Note some of the upper Enders can be great-grandparents and so on.

Some parents have their children earlier, like Callie’s parents.

4. When does book 2, ENDERS, come out?

Enders has released in the majority of the countries that Starters was published. But since Starters came out later in  some countries (I believe it has not been published yet in Iceland), Enders has yet to release in some places. See the page on Enders for more information.

5. What are the e-shorts and what order should I read them?

The links to these, “Portrait of a Starter” and “Portrait of a Marshal,” are to the right (note the first one is 16 pages, the second one 35 pages) and the last one, “Portrait of a Donor.” They are available in all versions, even on a computer in case you don’t have an e-reader. The paperback of Starters (blue photo) has an exclusive short story called “Portrait of a Spore,” that is only available in print.

You can read them in any order, but the ideal would be 1) Portrait of a Starter 2) Starters 3) Portrait of a Marshal 4) Portrait of a Spore 5) Portrait of a Donor 7) Enders. 

6. How is it that the spores could have killed people exactly at ages 20-60?

You’re right, that would be strange.  In the book I explain that the vaccine (that saved people from the spores) was given to the most vulnerable of the population, the infirm and those under 20 and those over 60. This is like what happened in the US during a shortage of the flu vaccine.

And please note I NEVER USE THE WORD “VIRUS.” It is NOT a virus!  🙂

7. Why didn’t you mention Callie’s hair color. Did you forget?

Sometimes the author chooses not to specify the main character’s hair color or eye color. The reason is to let the reader fill that in for themselves, so they can identify more with the main character.

You’ll note that the cover artist has a style where he doesn’t color in the hair. In the book trailer, we went with an actress with dark hair. The Portuguese cover has red hair.

The original cover art drawing is artistic license. A theory behind it is in the story Portrait of a Starter.

8. I wanted to know more about Michael.

You will see him in book 2. And “Portrait of a Starter,” is a prequel told entirely from Michael’s POV.

9. I wanted to know more about the Spore Wars.

Every author has to decide how much backstory to put in, and how much to leave out so the result can be a page-turner. Intense backstory details come at the cost of pace. You can learn much more about the Spore Wars in “Portrait of a Spore,” in the paperback of Starters.

10. About Enders – I didn’t read Starters and I wrote in my blog review that I was confused by parts of Enders. 

That’s because Enders is the sequel to Starters and you really have to read Starters FIRST.

11. How do you pronounce “Hyden?”

HI-den, like the 18th century composer, Papa Haydn.

12.  I have a question that wasn’t answered above.

You might find it in other parts of this site so look around. You’ll see links to interviews at the right, under “news.”

*Note how people are living longer today. It’s not unusual for many to live well into their 90s. So in the world of Starters, I have people living to 200 due to medical advancements, before the Spore Wars even started.

And a reminder: Please don’t tweet or blog about the big twists. Let them enjoy the surprise!

For new writers as well as students doing homework:

1. Can you read something I’ve written?

I’m really sorry, but my lawyers and agents will absolutely not allow me to. Please do not send anything. Ask your teachers, your friends and look for a writing group.

2. I have an idea for a book I’d like to share with you (or an idea for a book you think I should write, perhaps in my existing series).

Same answer as #1. I love hearing from fans, but not this way.

3. I need to get your personal information for a paper for school.

Sorry, but no. You’ll find plenty of information on this site and/or in the interview links.

4. How can I get published?

Read a lot, write a lot, and be patient with yourself. Take classes, go to conferences, read books on writing from the library and then buy the best ones. Find a local writing group because writers who are working at your level will be your best allies. And you’ll make some great friends who will understand you in ways your non-writer friends cannot.

Allow yourself to make mistakes. Don’t compare yourself to anyone else – your journey is going to be special to you.

See my other pages for writers.

5. I’m thinking of publishing my book with PublisherI’veNeverHeardOf.

See this excellent post by an agent: http://rapidprogressive.wordpress.com/2012/09/25/hard-truths-why-being-unpublished-is-better-than-being-poorly-published/

6. Someone is offering to publish my book if I pay them. 

That used to be called “vanity presses” and it was never a good thing. With the e-changes, maybe there are people who are offering valuable services, but the ones people have asked me about were charging too much money. You should be making money with your publishing, not losing it.

7. What about self-publishing my first novel? In e-format?

I have no experience with this, but there are many authors who have been successful at it. They are almost always authors who already had a following of readers because they were first traditionally published (often called “legacy publishers”).  If you are a new writer, unless you have a special niche and you have a way to market to that niche (a novel about a winery written by a winery owner perhaps), I would suggest that you try to go the traditional route and look for representation first.

If you’re determined to self-publish your first manuscript, then study the people who have done it, particularly http://jakonrath.blogspot.com/ who seems to have considerable information about it.

I do understand that publishing is changing rapidly due to the e-revolution. And that for established authors, the choices have expanded so much that there is a term for those who publish both traditionally as well as self-pubbing: hybrid authors. J.K. Rowling is actually one of them, since she retained her e-rights (Potter being published before all this changed).

Just be aware that for every huge success you hear about for a self-published debut novel, there are hundreds of thousands of ones that agents will not consider because they’ve been self-pubbed and did not make good sales.  Sometimes, you have to do the hard work — take a class, go to conferences, join a critique group, read books, read books about writing, do writing exercises, write short stories, write a manuscript, rewrite the manuscript after listening carefully to notes, rewrite again and again, research agents, learn how to write a synopsis and pitch letter. And then do it all again if you don’t score the first time. I can’t think of an author I personally know who sold their very first manuscript. Most are grateful they didn’t. They perfected their craft until they had a manuscript that was good enough to be published. And that’s the way you want to start your career.

And beware of people approaching you, trying to charge you thousands of dollars to “promote” you, even if they have a recommendation from an author, as in this case.

If your question wasn’t answered here, please check out the other pages. Now let’s all go have a Supertruffle!

170 Responses to FAQ

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  2. Annie Goulet says:

    Bonjour,

    My friends sent me the trailer book from France.. I’m in Monteal, Canada and I only have the english version here 🙁 Do you know when we’re going to get the French version in Canada? Can’t wait reading your book!!!!

    Thanks

    • Lissa says:

      I know that Robert Lafont (sp?) published it in French. Ask your bookseller or tweet him online. Maybe find their website? Or can it be ordered via the french amazon site?

  3. krieshna says:

    Hi Ms. Price, I’ve just finished reading Starter, sat on reading for 2 days. I could not take my eyes off the pages each time I turned to the next. I hope the sequel to this book will be out soon. I so much anticipate what will happen next to Callie. Anyways, I wish you more success to come! 🙂

  4. kathleen says:

    is there going to be a movie on the book, Starters?

  5. Lissa says:

    Thank you so much, Krieshna! I am working on the sequel, ENDERS, right now. It is due out this December, which is pretty fast for a sequel.

    Everyone, I am going to shut down comments on this FAQ page so please put any comments on the main blog thread, okay? Thanks!

  6. Lissa says:

    And no spoilers here or elsewhere, please! If you’ve read the book, please don’t give away anything, what happens in the ending, etc. People have been really good about that, so let’s keep it up.

  7. Darby says:

    I got The Starters the other day and could not stop reading! I wish professors would assign awesome books like this! It was so entertaining and thrilling! I cannot wait for the second one! Thanks to Lissa Price for writing such an amazing novel!

  8. Serena says:

    Hi
    I’m from iceland and i absolutely love your book.
    I read it on english because the translater aren’t that good here.
    Can’t wait for ENDERS 🙂
    I think there should be made movies ‘STARTERS and then ENDERS’ js c:
    byee

  9. Liza says:

    Bought this book out of a whim and mainly just coz I liked the cover…=)
    I’m glad I did. I enjoyed very much and I am looking forward to reading the ENDERS.
    Thanks!

  10. Becki says:

    Mrs. Lissa Price,
    I wanted to start by telling you that your book Starters blew me away! I picked it up at an airport in Houston, TX because the cover intrigued my interest with end of the world literature and the aftermath. I finished the book 10 minuets before landing in San Diego, CA. It kept me on the edge of my set, I was so caught up in the plot that more than a few people asked me what book I was reading because of my various facial expressions. It was an amazing book with jaw dropping moments all through out. That being said I would definitely recommend it to anyone, but not because it is a Hunger Games (which I love) successor but, because it itself falls under great post-apocalyptic books. It is great because of your style of writing and your creativity, not how it compares to someone else. I wait for Enders with anticipation; counting the days until December 4th (11th?).

    • Lissa says:

      It’s mail like this that I get daily that inspires me to sit indoors and write all day, even when it’s 80 degrees outside. Thank you so much for this. It looks like my publisher is shooting for a Dec 11 release date. You might be interested in the e-shorts – “Portrait of a Starter” is available now (go through one of the links to the right). I’m signing this Saturday up in LA (see ‘events’ page). I also will be signing at ComicCon San Diego and I will be planning a signing at Mysterious Galaxy, SD, sometime in the summer. Hope to meet you in person!

  11. Rachel says:

    I’m obsessed with Starters & can’t wait for Enders, but I’m curious. Would you want Starters to become a movie or would you just keep it as a book series?

  12. Akira says:

    hi, i read your book and i liked it very much!! the mood of the story reminded me of the hunger games its all very exiting
    have you decided how many books total you will have in the starters and enders series without including the extra books?

    • Lissa says:

      Hi, and thanks for stopping by. The series was sold as a two book series, a duology. So ENDERS brings it all to a conclusion. However things have been happening on the film front and we hope to be able to make an announcement late Sept. I am working on the rewrite of ENDERS right now. If you haven’t yet, please give it a review, however short, on Amazon and Goodreads. Thanks so much.

  13. Jess says:

    Hey Lissa,
    I just want to say how amazing Starters is (i read it in a day and a half!) and that I cant wait till Enders is released so i can read what happens next. It is a great idea you’ve thought up (with the Starters, Enders and the Bodybank) and i wish it was also a film. I love books of the futuristic genre! especially yours! Have you thought of writing any other books? What other books have you wrote? Where can i find them? Sorry about all the questions. By the way i have also tweeted you on twitter (@j_flemo)
    Love Jess 🙂 xx

  14. Lissa says:

    Hi Jess and thanks for writing. This is my first book, except for the e-shorts set in the world of STARTERS – “Portrait of a Starter” and “Portrait of a Marshal” (link to the right). The first one is 16 pages, and told from Michael’s pov, the second one is 35 pages and told from a marshal’s point of view as he goes undercover in a teen’s body to find a killer.

    Did you see the video trailer for the book?

    • Jess says:

      Oooh! They sound good I will have to read them! No, I havent seen the video trailer for the book I’ll have to watch it soon. You should write more books/e-shorts so I can read them!! 🙂

  15. jasmine says:

    Dear,ms Price
    I was wondering if it was official that starters was going to be turn in to a movie?

    • Lissa says:

      Thanks for asking, Jasmine. Lots of excitement but we’re not at the stage to make an official announcement.

      • Jasmine says:

        I wish you were if a movie is on the harison I cannot wait I also cannot wait for the cast as I haven’t a clue who would pay who!

  16. Dear Ms. Price:
    I just finished reading “Starters”, and I have to say I absolutely LOVED it! I can’t wait for “Enders” to come out.
    I’ve read that “Starters” is in talks to be adapted to the big screen. That’s great news, I’m looking forward to that one too (let’s hope the producers don’t mess it up).
    When will “Enders” be released?
    Thanks!

  17. Bruno Marchezini says:

    Hi, Lissa, I’ve sent you a e-mail (maybe you have receveid it) I’m from Brazil, I bought your book after when I saw the Biggest One at the Book Fair and I really Have to Say, I’m in love with this book and I can’t wait to see the Enders, It’ll be so awesome, I saw that you were looking for directors to make the movie, In my opnion I guess this book shouldn’t turn into a movie, like twilight, Harry Potter and The Lord of The Rings, because it’ll lost all the magic of the story and they never make the movie as similar as the book they always cut some parts or change it, but I hope next year when the Enders come into the bookstores I hope I can see you here in Brazil (:

    • Lissa says:

      Thanks so much! I answered your email just now. I happen to love those movies you mentioned. I will also be involved with the film so don’t worry, it will not be changed. More about that when the time is right. You can also visit me on Facebook at LissaPriceAuthor.

  18. Selena Hoang says:

    My English teacher assigned us a project where we have to some up with a playlist to match with the tone and plot of the story, My question is, have you thought of any songs that would well match your story when you were writing it?

  19. jasmine says:

    Dear Ms. Price,
    What was your inspiration for Starters?
    It is the first book i have read cover to cover in two days i don’t read books fast with my dyslexia but i never wanted to put it down and have read it many times after.

  20. Renan Nardin says:

    Hey Lissa! I’ve just started to read your book and I am really liking it since the beggining.. I mean I am sure that it’s gonna be an incredible story. I am already thinking about the second book and how it’s gonna be… I can’t imagine! Will “Enders” be the last book?

  21. kathleen says:

    I love Starters, and i can’t until the second book comes out. Is there going to be a book 3? 😀

    • Lissa says:

      Starters and Enders was always meant to be a duology. I want readers to feel complete, with all their questions answered at the end of Enders. I have another wonderful idea for a new book, so I hope to go on to that next. However, never say never. It is possible there could be a continuation because there are exciting possibilities for the story to continue.

      • kathleen says:

        THANK YOU (for the possibility for more books XD) CAN’T WAIT FOR MORE STORIES FROM YOU!!!! 😀

        • Lissa says:

          That makes me smile. If you haven’t written a review on Amazon and Barnes and Noble, I always appreciate those. And you know about the “Portrait of” two e-short stories set in the world of Starters? Those are linked on the opening page of this site.

          • kathleen says:

            THANK YOU!!! i’ve been trying to get my mom to buy me a kindle fire, so i can read the short stories but she keeps on saying no :'( COUNTING THE DAYS TILL ENDERS COMES OUT!!!!XD

          • Lissa says:

            Haha! Well, the e-shorts also come on Google books, which means they can be read on any computer. 🙂

      • espie says:

        *o* Thank you for the possibility that there’s a continuation next to Enders !! I really really loved your books :)) Wish there will be many continuations 🙂

  22. kathleen says:

    REALLY?!!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!:D I CAN’T WAIT TILL ENDERS COMES OUT!!!! wow i have never so obsessed XD ONLY 1 MORE (not counting today)WK LEFT!!!!! HOORAY!!!!

    • Lissa says:

      Oh dear – Enders is another story. The Enders release date is not Dec, I’ve tried to warn readers who follow me on twitter and fb about this. I have nothing to do with that, the information is announced by each publisher in each country. I am still in final rewrites of Enders and it looks like it will publish in Germany first. I hope my fans will understand this is beyond my control.

  23. Julia says:

    Hi Ms. Price! When will your ebook, ” Portrait of a Middle ” come out?

    • Lissa says:

      Hi! The e-short (approx. 30 pages) that used to be called “Portrait of a Middle” has been changed to a different title. It will come out in 2013 as part of a cool surprise. The last e-short will probably be out in early 2013, but no definite date yet. I’ll announce here or on FB as soon as I know. Thanks for asking!

      • Julia says:

        I’m so excited for that e-short and the last book , Enders ! But I’m hoping it isn’t the last one yet of the Starters stories. I love it ! 🙂 Thanks for replying and May the force be with you ! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  24. Anu says:

    I saw this book in a scolastic(sp?) flyer
    so i got it from my library and i absolutly loved it
    it made me read until it was like 3 am in the morning
    its authors like you that keep me wanting to read and you have especially insipired m eto try to wrote my own book!! 🙂

    • Lissa says:

      You put a big smile on my face. I would appreciate a review on Amazon (and GoodReads if you’re there), since you’ve read it. It can be short, or you can just give it stars. If you’ll also “like” it (just to the right of the title), that would be great! Keep reading and writing.

  25. Diane Johnson says:

    Hi Lissa,
    I absolutely love your first book. I couldn’t put it down. 🙂 Fantastic!
    I was wanting to know if you have a hometown books store that you sign books at. If so could you send me the name of the store. I want to order Enders signed if possible and support your local store.
    Thanks for your time,
    Diane

    • Lissa says:

      Thanks, Diane, I love hearing that! My local store is on the home page of this site – Once Upon A Time Bookstore in Montrose, Calif. You can click through their link but be sure to make a note that you need a signed copy. If it needs to be personalized you might want to call them. Now Enders has not been announced for the correct publication date in the US yet. It is up to my publisher to do that. It will probably publish in Germany before the US.

      If you go to Amazon just to check the date there, you will find out once they’ve announced the new date. While you’re there, I would appreciate a review on Starters. It can be short. Then, if you will “like” Starters just to the right of the title at the top of the page, that will also help. I appreciate the support!

  26. Rini says:

    Hi Lissa,

    I did enjoy reading Starters and am looking forward to read Enders.
    I wanted to purchase the two short e-books on the left, only that I found out it’s not available for people from asia pacific region. Is there any oher way to buy it?

    Thank you

  27. Stephanie says:

    Dear, Lissa
    Words cannot expression how amazing your book is! WOW, the plot was highly intriguing and I am already recommending the book to my sister, urging her to read it too! I just finished the book and the conclusion could not be more suspenseful and nail-biting. And I LOVED the way you portrayed Callie in th front of the book. You let your readers imagine what she’s look like, instead of just simply giving us a description like any other writer. But I think we’d established that your not just ANY writer …. And I must say though, I was in fact, VERY slow at understanding why you decided to have Callie with white hair and brown and blue eyes, but now I get it! I can just go on and on about what I love about you and your work and I just love that you take time to respond to your fans and readers! As an aspiring writer, I look up to writers like you, Suzanne Collins, James Dasher, Stephen Chabosky, Patrick Ness, Veronica Roth and MORE! And don’t worry, I won’t send any of my writing ideas to you or ask you to read them, like what what you’ve already explained in your FAQ 😉 I just wanted to say that I love your work and I CANNOT WAIT FOR THE NEXT BOOK ENDERS! I already bought Portrait of a Starter and I can’t wait to read that, too!

    • Lissa says:

      Such a great letter, thank you! The cover interpretation was actually done by the brilliant cover artist. He also did the Artemis Fowl reissue covers, so if you look those up you’ll see it’s his style not to color in the hair. The eyes though were intentional, to suggest that someone else might be inside her. I think he’s so talented.

      When you read Portrait of a Starter, you’ll get even more information about that drawing. Write me at lissapriceauthor@gmail.com and I’ll tell you more.

  28. Lianne says:

    Hi ! Do you already have a specific release date for your book Enders? Sorry I just can’t help it I’m so excited!

  29. Zahra says:

    I really loved Starters!!! I really want to read Enders but it’s not out to us yet. When will it come out???

  30. kathleen says:

    is the 2nd book going to come out anytime soon in the US? not a very patient person especially when it comes to good books. sorry 🙂

    • Lissa says:

      I don’t blame you at all! It is frustrating for me because the author has no say regarding release dates. Enders is done, it is in translation in some of the countries and will probably publish in Europe first. I can tell you, I’m very happy with it. It’s worth waiting for.

  31. Edgar De La Rosa says:

    Hi, I’m from Mexico, and I’ve read your book (Starters), it’s very good, i can’t understand emglish perfectly, so my question is: where can i find “Portrait of a Marshal”, “Portrait of a Starter” and “Enders” in spanish?

  32. Calista says:

    So, I just recently finished Starters! I was pleasantly surprised to find that this is probably my new favorite book. As a 7th grader, I had to tell all my friends about it. They laughed when I attempted to explain that people rented out others bodies. I CANNOT wait for Enders! The suspense is killing me…….

  33. kathleen says:

    will there be a Starters movie? 😀 b/c if there is I WANNA SEE IT!!!!!

  34. haya abdullah says:

    hi I’ve read starters I bought it from Dubai *uk version* in the last page it said that enders was comin December 2012 but its the end of mars 2013 so what happened to the book I cant find it any where and I cant order any thing online please is there a list of book stores who have it or something ? have it even been released in a English version ?

    • Lissa says:

      No, Starters has not been released in an English version yet. Random House Children’s Books is the publisher in N.A. and Random House UK in the UK. I really wish they hadn’t printed that date in the back of Starters because publishers move dates around all the time. It is already in translation in some European countries, which means it will publish there first, probably this Spring. I wish I had control of this, but I don’t.

  35. Anna says:

    Hi! Was Enders released in America yet? Every website I looked on said it was unavailable. However, I heard it was released in October and on target.com it says it will be in stock in 2 to 4 weeks. I’ve looked on many websites though and said it wasn’t being released until January 2014. My conclusion was that maybe they are sold out everywhere and new copies won’t be available until next year.

    • Lissa says:

      I love your conclusion but no, Enders has not yet been released anywhere. It will be released in Europe shortly (this Spring).

  36. kathleen says:

    will enders go more into depth on the love triangle?:D

  37. vanessa says:

    I loved your book and was wondering when Enders was going to be reliesed?! i need to know for an assignment also so please reply as soon as you can

    • Lissa says:

      Hi and thanks. It’s best to email me with any important questions and I’ll try to help if I can. Enders will be released as soon as next month in France and Germany. I have to check on other countries like the Netherlands and Italy. It will not be out for a while in the US, but it will come out. Look for the paperback this July with a special new short story about the Spore Wars.

  38. Chaim says:

    Hi Lissa I know you’ve been asked this many times but any news on a movie

  39. Hello there!
    I’ve read in the comments above, there’s a chance that “Enders” gets published in Europe first. I’m from Spain, and I’m waiting anxiously for “Enders” since I finished with “Starters”. Do you know about the release dates in Europe?
    Also, “Portrait of a Starter” was released in Spanish, but I haven’t found “Portrait of a Marshal” in Spanish. Do you know if it has been translated?
    Third and last question: When will the 3rd Unhidden Story come out (in English, I mean)?
    To say the least, I don’t get how your novel can get released first in Europe than in America… Even though I’m European!
    Congrats, you’re an amazing writer, keep it on 😀

    • Lissa says:

      Please write me asap at lissapriceauthor at gmail.com and let’s talk about your questions. Thank you so much!

  40. jonas says:

    I have just finished Enders and it was just great! But now I have got a question. Will there be a 3rd book? Or is this the last one?

    • Lissa says:

      Thank you! Since you’re one of the lucky early ones, love to get your thoughts on Amazon (for your country) and Goodreads. I wrote Enders as a duology, and book 2 answers all the questions. One of my publishers already wants more, but I will probably write a new project first. So it will depend on demand whether we continue the series after that. Write me at LissaPriceAuthor (at sign) gmail .com

  41. Gitta says:

    Hi Lissa
    How is ist possible that Blakes Grand- Grand Mother is 200 years old while he is still under 20? (Book 1 Enders)

    • Lissa says:

      Hi and thanks for the question. If you look on this faq page, I address that (I also updated it). Basically, women are capable of having children at a much older age in this future, so it works out. Also Blake estimated her age at 200 (which sounds nice and round and something to brag about), but she’s probably more like in her 180s.

  42. Kailey says:

    Hi, I sent you an email with questions already lol but I left one out, earlier you answered someone’s post saying that the cover with the girl (I’m guessing Callie) with two eyes represents Helena inside, but doesn’t it also represent the picture Michael drew of her with two different colored eyes?

    • Lissa says:

      Yes. I saw the cover before I wrote that story, “Portrait of a Starter”. I was inspired by the cover. So both those things are true. 🙂

  43. kathleen says:

    Is Enders seriously coming out on January 7?

    • Lissa says:

      Yes, as per EW.com, that’s the US pub date. Authors don’t get to choose, it’s totally up to my publishers. But I think you’ll find it was worth waiting for. 🙂

  44. Suzie says:

    Ahhh why did I discover this book when it first came out!It means I’ve had to wait forever for the sequel! Only a few more months for America now then i can finally order it for me all the way in Australia
    Well I’m off to go read starters for the fourth time since its the only thing I can do for now 🙁

    • Lissa says:

      Honestly, it hurts me too. You guys who were so loyal from the start, I really do appreciate you. It wasn’t up to me to decide when Enders would be published, it’s an issue for my publishers. You might win the contest for the most reads of Starters though. Also, cover your first printing, first edition with a Broart cover.
      Some people are reading the e-shorts, Portrait of a Starter (16p) and Portrait of a Marshal (35 p approx). And if you go here: http://shelf-life.ew.com/2013/07/22/lissa-price-starters-enders-cover/ you can read the beginning of Enders – leave me a comment there too.

  45. Kathleen says:

    I love your book’s cover even more now. I just got my friend to start reading it, but we’re in eleventh grade, which means prison (aka high school) so she can’t read it as much. I love the cover because it creeps my friends out so much and it’s so funny doing that. It works for both paperback AND hardcover!!! 😛

    • Lissa says:

      I’m not sure if you mean the original cover or the new paperback cover (which yes, is supposed to be the hardback cover for the 8th printing – at least, last I heard). Love your story about creeping people out!

      • Kathleen says:

        I mean both of them. I showed both of the covers to my friend and she was kind of scared. Obviously, I couldn’t stop laughing XD Ah, so fun :3

        • Lissa says:

          😀 I love this story. I can imagine it. As a new author, it thrills me to no end to discover people are talking about my words that were just images inside my head a few years ago.

          • Kathleen says:

            I’m getting another friend to read Starters! First, I obviously showed her the cover, which she found a little scary (hehehe). Then I showed her the summary and she became really interested!!! I’m getting the book in the library for her tomorrow! and afterwards, show my cousin!!! Whoo!!! I’m still getting as many friends as possible to read it
            (even though we’re all in eleventh grade and dying)! 😀

          • Lissa says:

            Thank you! I am and always will be, a fan of libraries. This is great. I take it you’re talking about the original cover? What do you think of the new cover (on the paperback?) I am very curious why you are dying in the 11th grade? Too much homework?
            So I’m in two contests this week, I think you’ll be interested in the YA Scavenger Hunt. Come back to my site on Thurs, Oct 3 after noon Pacific time!

  46. Kathleen says:

    We’re all dying in eleventh grade with AP classes, which means lots of homework, so yes /. .\ I love the paperback cover too! not as much as the hardcover, but I love it because it can scare my friends too and I also find it creepy (hehehe) == I keep telling my friends that the covers are beautiful after showing them the covers and they keep saying they’re scary. 😀

  47. Zoë says:

    Hi Ms. Price! I read your book last year, and am just now rereading in preparation for Enders 🙂 My friend and I both really loved your book, and she tried to buy the second book the instant she was finished with the first. I had read the first in my school library, and I think my librarian still remembers me as the girl who tried to order Enders for the library before it was even out. She has, however, put up with my insanity and preordered it for others at my school to enjoy, right after me 🙂 You are an amazing writer with truly unique ideas, never stop writing! Thank you for your super wonderful book!

    • Lissa says:

      I love hearing stories like this, thank you for telling me and for reminding your librarian to have it there right away. Write me at my email that is on the contact me page and say you’d posted here and I asked you to write.

  48. Watson says:

    Stop feeling sorry for yourselves I’m in Australia and no bookstores even sell this book!!!

  49. sophie says:

    Hi Lissa i am a massive fan of your books and cannot wait for Enders! Your books are phenomenal i just wanted to ask…. how long did it take you to write STARTERS and what inspired you?
    Many Thanks

    • Lissa says:

      Nine months. And the story of the inspiration is here on this site! Thanks!
      Note you can still win the iPad Air in the Enders pre-order contest (top right of page) and Starters is the top Kindle YA Jan deal at a reduced price for your friends.

    • Lissa says:

      9 months. See the story on this site. And it’s not too late to win the iPad Air in the Enders pre-order contest (see top right).

  50. sophie says:

    Thank you so much for replying so soon! Your book are amazing as homework at school i had to read a SCI-FI book and your appealed to me the most! I had to varrious topics and i still be handed in. I will try and win the IPad air! When you wrote your first chapter, how did you know how to start? Did you mind map what was your planning?

    • Lissa says:

      Often in my first draft, the first chapter changes. One person gave me the best advice: don’t judge your first chapter until you’ve finished the whole draft. By then, you will know more about what the book is about. You may change it, as I did. I do start out with a sort of map, but then I try to stay true to the story.

  51. sophie says:

    I have just read the first chapter of your book Enders it is really interesting cant wait for the rest!

    • Lissa says:

      Thank you! I’m guessing you read it on EW.com. If you pre-order(only a couple of days left), you could win the iPad Air.

  52. sophie says:

    Unfortunately i cannot i live in the UK:( how long did it take to write enders and starters?

  53. sophie says:

    is there another book after enders?

  54. kathleenw1o1 says:

    At long last, Enders is out. I’ve been waiting since ninth grade (I’m in 11th grade). I can’t wait to have the book in my hands, then I’ll just have to wait for the movie >:D

    • Lissa says:

      That is really interesting when you put it in terms of grades. Wow.
      Yes, Like the way you think.

      • kathleenw1o1 says:

        I actually won a copy of Enders from Goodreads!!!!! That plot twist was amazing! The only complaint I have is that the ending made me want a third book. Please give us a third book! But you know, not in a far away future like what happened to the second book. 🙂

        • Lissa says:

          Hah! Congrats on winning the copy. Please review it on Amazon, GR, B&N – I really love reviews from readers like you. Enders released last year in Europe, you know. I agree with you, almost two years was too long to wait!

      • kathleenw1o1 says:

        I really liked the last book, but I want more. Do you have any plans on making a third book? If so, please don’t make me wait a really long time like Enders. 🙂

        • Lissa says:

          You know that Enders came out in Spring of last year in parts of Europe? So it does not have to be this long – thank you for being patient! Please review on the sites.

  55. Gabby says:

    Is there going to be a third book?

  56. sophie says:

    I have been to Whsmiths and i cannot purchase the book, they have non at all so i have to order online but i need to persuade my mum. 🙁

    • Lissa says:

      Did it seem like Enders had sold out there or did they never get it? Maybe it will persuade her to know that the series has had awards including a library association Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers? You can see more on the other pages here. Good luck and let me know once you’ve read it!

  57. sophie says:

    I will! WHsmith never had it i have to order it but i will show her this and hopefully she will say yes. I am from the uk so thats probably why! Buti am hoping x

    • Lissa says:

      Hi. I know WHsmith is a UK chain and it’s odd that it was not there. Usually, stores will order a book for you, so there is that possibility too. Good luck and let me know when you’ve read Enders!

  58. Fernanda says:

    Dear Lissa,
    I’m a Brazilian fan. I’ve just read Enders. Are you going to continue the story, like, Callie in the Middles ages? (forgive me for any grammar error!)

  59. Fernanda says:

    I forgot! Portrait of a Starter is already for sale here in Brazil? Cause I can’t find it!

  60. sophie says:

    Hi Lissa i was wondering if you send signatures to England or if you even do?

    • Lissa says:

      Hi! I don’t ship overseas because the person who goes to the post office has to stand in line and fill out customs forms if it is overseas. I’m sorry about that. However, I would love to tour England sometime (I’ve been there many times and love it), so keep an eye on my events calendar in the future. Thank you!

  61. sophie says:

    Thank you

  62. Shannon says:

    Will there be a sequel to Enders? Or a whole new series that’s basically the sequels? You left us wanting SOOOOOO much more!!!!!

    • Lissa says:

      Thank you! I am hearing from so many fans that they want another book in the Starters world, and these characters won’t let me go, so I am seriously looking into another book. Keep watching my site and twitter, fb.

  63. Vanessa says:

    Greeting Ms. Lissa :))

    Your Starters are one of a kind. Truly, it is a page turner :)) Anyways, I already finished Enders. And, I must say this, you are truly amazing. I really envy authors like you. From your imaginations, then to our little minds. You made your imaginations became visible to the many minds of the readers. You’re a genius.
    Enders left my mouth open–like, we can;t really predict what’s going to happen first. Thank you for making this book. It brought my mind to imagine more and have a world separate from the reality. You opened my eyes into many things :)) Thank you again :))

  64. Lauren says:

    Hi Ms. Price!
    I just finished Starters today and can not wait to start Enders! I didn’t realize how much I loved the story until I actually closed the book (which left me staring into space, trying to comprehend the ending and wondering how you would finish the story in Enders). Most dystopian/futuristic novels today feel either unoriginal or similar to others, but I must say that yours was entirely original. I didn’t once feel as if an aspect of your story was similar to another and enjoyed every moment! I was surprised how quickly I became attached to the characters (believe me that’s hard to do with the first book of a series) and began to predict what would happen later in the story (none of my guesses were right by the way, you blew me away). I applaud you for crafting such an excellent novel that kept me captivated the entire time and I am positive that whatever else you write will be just as wonderful (and I can proudly say that I’ll be one of the first to read it). 🙂

    • Lissa says:

      Ah, I love hearing this. Love surprising readers. Thank you so much! Be sure and review on amazon, goodreads, etc.

  65. kathleenw1o1 says:

    Any movie updates for Starters?!!! 😀

  66. Lindomar Dantas says:

    Hi, I am a Brazilian fan. My friends
    and I are madly worshiping Starters,
    Lissa Price keep writing your books
    are very good. Kisses and hugs from
    your fan 😉
    Ps: We really want Starters get a movie

  67. Denise says:

    will there be a third book after Enders?

  68. Anna Paula says:

    Hello my name is Anna Paula and I’m from Brazil. Much loved your book, I could not stop reading. Whenever I went to sleep, I thought about the book. It was the best book I read in my life. In Starters, cried with the story of Callie, I was very surprised to learn that [edited for spoilers], I could not believe what, what shocked me most, was [edited for spoilers]. 3 days after you finish reading the Starters I went to buy the Enders. Loved reading the book, so I could read in 2 days, I liked to see Callie with a little intimacy with Hyden, [edited for spoilers] the ultimate super cute. Loved the Starters and Enders, keep writing. Thank you!

  69. Hannah says:

    I’ve read Starters and Enders! They are both fantastic books, I was wondering if there is going to be a third book? Maybe about what Callie, Michael, and Hyden do next. I’d love to read it!

    Also is there going to be movies coming out about the books? That would be amazing!

    • Lissa says:

      There is a good chance there will be a third book, nothing official yet so keep watching this site or follow me on Twitter and FB. Ditto on the movies, we are looking for the right partners and when that happens, I’ll announce. Thanks for writing!

      • Hannah says:

        Thanks for the quick reply! I can not wait! I love Starters and Enders and a new book would be absolutely awesome!

        A movie would be even more great! Can’t wait for your future and the future of the books! 😀

  70. Briana s says:

    I love starters and enders, your books are instresting and they keep the reader captivated and cant wait to see what happens next (at least i was). But i would really enjoy a starters movie. I think it would be bigger than the hunger games (least i think so). So what came to ask was, is there gonna be movies for these awesome books?

    • Lissa says:

      Thank you, yes, you are not alone. We have had a lot of interest from the film industry and it’s just a matter of finding the best partners for the series. Keep watching this site or fb or twitter as I will announce once we had settled on those people and have the deal to announce!

      • Jessica says:

        I was wondering if there is another book after Enders? I love the books and would enjoy another!

        • Lissa says:

          The chances that there will be are really good. Nothing official at this point, but these characters will not let me go so easily. Thanks.

  71. Madeline says:

    I really love the book Starters. I would give it a 10/10!! I have a question. How do you support that this book Starters is in the future. And I’m confused about the setting.

    • Lissa says:

      Thank you and I hope you’ve given Starters a rating on Amazon, or the Barnes & Noble website. I suspect you might be one of my wonderful foreign readers, because your two questions are confusing to me. This is science fiction, it’s imagining what a near-future LA could be like, to tell a story. Maybe look at the reader’s guide link under the “for teachers” tab.

  72. Daphné says:

    Hi Lissa!
    I very love your book!! Is it probably the best book I read ever!!
    I love everything of your story!!
    You hare genial!!
    Thanks for the discovery of this beautiful wold!!
    (I am very sorry for language, but I am French, and I’m very not good in english)
    Merci je vous aime! Callie ne sera a jamais ma héroïne préférer!!
    Daphné

    • Lissa says:

      Hi Daphne!

      Thank you so much! Merci!
      I will be in Paris in April, speaking and signing. If you will be there, let me know please.

  73. Andrea says:

    ” Enders ” is in Spanish ? ” starters ” I read it and leave you with the plot , in the Amazon: Unfortunately this in English 🙁

  74. Shadow Star says:

    Lissa Price
    Does it have to be done a film based on Starter and Ender ? If it is, because few short scenes I saw , would you please give anyone a link ? Because I am with Polish and not quite manage to find it. Please help !

    • Lissa says:

      Nie jestem pewien, o co prosisz . Każdy film, który widziałem z wyjątkiem oficjalnych przyczep książki film z moich wielu wydawców, są nieuprawnione filmów studenckich . Możesz iść tutaj, aby głosować na prawdziwym filmowym lub telewizyjnym na podstawie mojej książki .http://www.lissaprice.com/?s=film
      Kliknij na flagę w prawym górnym rogu mojej strony, aby przetłumaczyć stronę do Polski.

      There is no film yet on Starters and Enders. But follow that link to vote on what you’d like to see!

  75. Eileen☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺ says:

    ♥Hi Lissa. I LOOOOOOVE your books. I just finished reading them and they are awesome!!!!!!!!!!! I am ten years old and it’s hard to find a book that’s interesting. But your books are awesome!!!!♥

  76. Flo says:

    Hi Lissa!
    I adore this series so much! The concept is so interesting and the plot is well-developed. I just finished re-reading the books and novellas and I loved it just as much as the first time! And this is were my question to you comes in. I own a paperback copy of ‘Starters’ (it has a white cover), but unfortunately it does not include the novella ‘Portrait of a Spore’. I tried finding the right copy in the local (Dutch) libraries. However I had no luck as they only had the Dutch version 🙁 You wrote it is only available in print, but I was hoping there might be another possibility? I would really really love to read it 🙂
    Flo

    • Lissa says:

      Hi Flo,

      Thank you so much. Have you voted for it to be a film? http://www.lissaprice.com/vote-for-starters-to-be-a-film-now/ Your paperback of Starters, I am guessing it is in Dutch? I didn’t know they did not add the short story to it, the way they did to the US version (blue cover). It doesn’t exist in E-format, only in print in the US paperback (not sure about other languages). The Book Depository is the only resource I know that will ship various versions with no shipping charges to most cities internationally. Otherwise, you can ask your Dutch library if you can request a transfer – perhaps the English language version is in your library system, even if it’s not in your local libraries. Sometimes you just have to ask the librarian. Good luck and take care.

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