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Author interview and giveaway with Maria V. Snyder

Author:Maria V. Snyer
The poison study series
The storm glass series
Inside Out series
and her new book coming out in 2012-The touch of power

When I was 12, I learned about meteorologists and decided to become one. My visions of chasing tornados didn’t pan out since I was bad at forecasting. Let’s face it, I’m a daydreamer—always have been. I did graduate from Penn State University and was hired as an environmental meteorologist. It’s never a good idea to get caught idle, so I wrote my daydreams down. My first novel was Poison Study and it was published in 2005! I caught the writing bug and Magic Study and Fire Study soon followed. Even though I went on to earn a Masters degree in writing from Seton Hill University, I never lost my fascination with storms, which is evident in my Glass Series (Storm Glass, Sea Glass and Spy Glass). The environmentalist in me comes out in Inside Out. Trella’s world is contained and they must reuse and recycle everything. One thing they got right in one otherwise messed-up world! I love my new job. Where else can you take fencing lessons, learn to ride a horse, study martial arts, learn to pick locks, take glass blowing classes and get a tour of a maximum security prison and call it work? I’ll give you a hint—not working as a meteorologist :)

What made you decide to start writing Inside Out?

A: I dreamt the story - the whole thing, characters, plot, was the first time and last time that has ever happened (wish I could remember what I ate for dinner that night!). I really liked Trella and wanted to tell her story, so I wrote about 7 chapters and my publisher loved it and bought the story for their new YA line.

How long did it take you to write Inside out and Outside In?

A: It took me about 4 months to write the first draft and then another 2 months for revisions and edits - so a year total for both.

After you were done writing Inside out, did you already have the story made out for the second one?

A: No. I discover a story as I write so after the first book, I knew I wanted to focus on how everyone was adjusting to the changes or how they weren't :) and as I worked on it, the story unfolded. The second book was harder to write because I didn't dream the entire story and had to figure it out!

I know these books are about the future, and I was wondering what went on in your mind when you thought about writing about the future? Do you think the future is going is going to be like this?

A: Actually, I'm not sure if they are about our future - they could be about our past (ever wonder why the industrial revolution happened so fast??) or it could be about another race of people on their way here ;) Trella's people haven't told me their history....yet :)

Where's your favorite place to write?

A: In my office at home - although I wrote my latest project in our rec room downstairs on my laptop - it was away from the internet and all the piles of stuff I needed to do that kept distracting me.

How many hours a day do you write?

A: I try to write 5 hours a day and my goal is about 1500 words - but when a deadline is looming, I'll write up to 10 hours a day and around 3000 - 4000 words.

Would you compare Trella to yourself at all?

A: A little bit. She's very independent and able to take care of herself and that is from me, but otherwise, she's braver and more cynical than I am, and I'm more trusting than she is.

For future authors who want to write novels themselves,what advice would you give them?

A: Persistence is my biggest advice to all aspiring writers. Keep writing, keep submitting, keep writing and keep submitting. Don't give up...ever :) I do have a number of writing advice articles and tips on my website that you may find useful. Here's the link:

Maria V. Snyder is offering a set of the Inside out to giveaway!!!

Buy Inside out here

Buy Outside in here

Rules to win:
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leave a comment telling me your email address

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Anonymous said...

Great interview. I'm planning on picking up the Poison Study series soon.


-Mocha from A Cupcake and A Latte.

Heather said...

Love the interview and very much a big fan of Maria Snyder's. Thanks for the interview from a new follower.

Sandy said...

I love Maria Snyder's works. Fantastic interview!

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(Friend on Goodreads and new follower)

Regina said...

Great interview. Thanks for the invite. You found me on Goodreads. I am now following.

LindsayWrites said...

Thanks for this!! Follower

Anonymous said...

Cool, thanks for doing this!

Liz E.

Anonymous said...

I am a Maria fan! I love the Poison series. I always look forward to reading her new books!


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Anonymous said...

nice interview!

bookluvrmindy said...

Hello! I am a new follower through BookBlogs! Follow me back?

Lisa said...

Great interview! Look forward to reading this series!


phyllis sweetwater said...

Enjoyed the interview! thanks. Come check out the epitome

Jennifer said...

If Canada is eligible then please include me.I really want to read these books!

Thanks for the interview and giveaway.

jlkalman26 at gmail dot com

Cheyenne said...

Great interview! I've been following your blog for a while now! :D

Here's my email: cheylea120(at)yahoo(dot)com


♫♥LovLivLife Reviews♥♫ said...

Great idea to write away from the internet and all the distractions.

=) Fantastic interview. I just wanted to pop in to read it!!

bookluvrmindy said...

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RandomlyKait said...

Awesome interview!

Lyddz said...

All of those series are in my TBR pile! Thanks for the chance to win!


Kristen said...

I absolutely love Maria's books, but don't own either of those you're giving away. Great interview! :)

dragonzgoil at gmail dot com

Dara Marlynne said...

I just became your 100th follower, found through Goodreads! Great blog!
I love Maria's books, and I haven't read either of these yet! Fabulous interview!

Lisa R/alterlisa said...

Thanks for participating in the blog hop.
I heard nothing but great things about this series. Looking forward to adding it to my wishlist.
I'm a follower on GFC-Lisa Richards


alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

Lisa said...

Very interested in this!

lhoffpauir at gmail

Katie said...

thanks for the giveaway!

GFC follower (Katie)


P.H.C. Marchesi said...

Great interview! I enjoyed reading this!

April X said...

Cool interview :) Thanks for the giveaway, I'd love to enter! I've heard great things about these books :)

rhonda1111 said...

I am new follower

mamabunny13 said...

I follw you via gfc.
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Sakira said...

I've heard so much about these books. Thanks for the interview and giveaway!!

I'm a GFC Follower (Sakira)


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