Blog Category: Reader Questions


Hi reader friends! 

I'm geting questions surrounding the order that I've written the Mod Code series of books. 

So, for those of you wondering, below they are listed in the order that I wrote them.

I happen to love this order as the suggested reading order. BUT! Everyone's different on their preferences for reading prequels.

I usually like to dig into the meat of the story before I go back and read any prequels and find out the "before" story. However, I had one reader saying she was glad the prequels were both out so she could read them before she ever started the first book. 

Bottom line? I appreciate whatever your reader tango style might be, and I say ... "Read on, my reader friend!" 

Here's the written order of the books:

The Mod Code (Book #1)

The Golden Order (Book #2)

The Island (Prequel novella featuring Jack and Imogen)

Our Three Years (Prequel featuring Sage and Beckett)

The Lost Lineage (Currently working on! Releasing Feb. 2018!)

The Crossed Kingdom (Currently working on! Releasing 2018!)

To be notified on book release dates, click here.

Lots of love coming to each and every one of you this August 2nd! School is about to start again! Raise your hand if you can hardly believe that! (My hand is raised.) It's just a good reminder to me that we have to EMBRACE every day fully and LIVE it as if it were our last. 

Tell someone you love them today and have a great week!

xxheidi



Hey Guys!

I had a reader email in asking me some questions about my writing life, and I thought I would answer them here on my blog.

So here we go:

What drew you to write YA fiction? In particular, science fiction?

I’ve always loved the young adult genre of books. YA conquers big topics in a digestible way for readers of all ages.

In regards to science fiction, specifically, my answer is two-fold: 

First, I have a tendency to think deeply and regularly about God and the big questions in life. When I'm in that space, the world is vast.

Secondly, I had a vivid dream that actually turned into chapter 22 in The Mod Code (book #1 in the series). That dream set the stage for the “science-fictiony” side of the book.

What kind of language do you use and how do you handle sensitive subjects?

Do you mean inappropriate kinds of language? If so, then the answer is, I’m a pretty conservative parent—especially when it comes to what books my children read. I usually think about what words I would want my son or daughter reading when they turn thirteen, and I make sure my books would be on my own “mom allowed” list.

How did you market your books when you first started out?

A bit of social media.  A few failed attempts at contests/book competitions. Book club talks. Mainly, I knew I just needed to keep writing books so my available offerings would expand, and then, my readership could expand with it

I see your ratings are very good. How do you manage that outside of being an excellent writer? How did you get your books noticed?

In general, I don’t think anyone will get good ratings with a bad book.

My most important advice in this entire blog post would be this: KEEP WRITING. And, in addition, you must keep IMPROVING your writing. It’s imperative to learn what makes a good book a good book. I learned this through a ton of reading about how to do that, and then implementing that advice into my own writing. Because ultimately, word isn’t going to spread about a book if people don’t feel it’s worthwhile enough to share with other people.

Hope this helps, Marilyn!

Have a great day everybody. : )

xxheidi