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1. What are the e-shorts and what order should I read them?
“Portrait of a Starter” and “Portrait of a Marshal,” are shorts set in the world of Starters (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 e-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 currently 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.
2. How is it that the spores could have killed people exactly at ages 20-60?
This is a mis-quote. In the book the vaccine that protected people from the spores was given to the most vulnerable of the population, those under 20 and those over 60. Something like this actually happened in the US during a shortage of the flu vaccine.
Please note it is NOT a virus! 🙂
3. Why didn’t you mention Callie’s hair color?
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 with the main character.
4. I wanted to know more about Michael.
You will see him in book two. And “Portrait of a Starter,” is a prequel told entirely from Michael’s POV.
5. I wanted to know more about the Spore Wars.
You can learn more about the Spore Wars in “Portrait of a Spore,” in the paperback of Starters.
6. How do you pronounce “Hyden?”
HI-den, like the 18th century composer, Papa Haydn.
Three yes or no questions:
1. Can you read something I’ve written?
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).
3. I need to get your personal information for a paper for school.
4. How can I get published?
Read a lot, write a lot, and be patient with yourself. Take classes, go to conferences, and keep an open mind. Find a local writing group and make new friends.
Allow yourself to make mistakes. Don’t compare yourself to anyone else – your journey is going to be special to you. Best of luck!