Sunday, November 1, 2009

Kicking off Maria V. Snyder week!

Welcome one and all to a glorious Sunday. Is everyone feeling great with this extra hour? I know I am.

So, starting today, I'm kicking off my Maria V. Snyder week. Who is Maria you ask?

Check out this bio below (taken from Maria's website):

Maria V. Snyder changed careers in 1995 from being a Meteorologist to a Novelist when she began working on her first novel, Poison Study. Published in October 2005, Poison Study won the 2006 Compton Crook Award for Best First Novel, won the Salt Lake Co. Library's Reader's Choice award, was a 2005 Booksense pick, was nominated for four other awards, and received a Starred Review from Publisher’s Weekly. She has also published numerous freelance articles in regional magazines and in local newspapers. Teaching fiction writing classes at the local college gives her the enjoyable opportunity to encourage novice writers and to keep improving her craft.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Maria attended 12 years of catholic school before going to Penn State University to study Meteorology. Earning a Bachelors of Science degree in Meteorology, Maria discovered, much to her chagrin, that forecasting the weather wasn't one of her skills. She found employment in the environmental field as an air quality scientist, and it was during those years that she began writing. After writing many science fiction short stories, Maria started Poison Study, her first novel about a food taster.

Her research on food tasting methods with an expert chocolate taster, her husband, turned out to be a delicious bonus while writing Poison Study. Maria has a brown belt in Issinryu Karate, and has enjoyed "acting out" the complex fight scenes in her books. Playing volleyball, scrapbooking, and reading are her other hobbies.

Maria's second book, Magic Study was published in October 2006 and was a 2006 Booksense pick. Magic Study also finaled for the RITA Award. While researching for Magic Study, Maria made a few interesting discoveries. One is that if you’re going to learn how to ride a horse, it’s best to do it when you’re young and fearless. The other is that no matter who is holding the reins, the horse still has control.

Maria's third book, Fire Study was published in March 2008 and spent two weeks on the NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERS LIST!. To research for Fire Study, Maria took a glass blowing class to learn how to work with molten glass. If you ever see a glass artist at work, know that it is considerably harder to sculpt glass than it looks. Maria now has an extensive collection of misshapened paperweights, tumblers, and bowls.

Maria's next book, Storm Glass is scheduled to be released on April 28, 2009. Writing Storm Glass combined two things Maria enjoys learning about, the weather and glass. She would love to be a Stormdancer, and be able to tame the wind--especially during hurricane season. The second book in the Glass series, Sea Glass is due out in September of 2009!

Traveling with her family is another wonderful distraction from writing. Maria loves cruising in general and the Caribbean in particular, and is planning a Caribbean trip in February 09. She has also been to Europe, Canada, Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica, and spent a week in Beijing, China.

Though still a weather nut at heart, Maria also wrote a middle grade reader titled, Storm Watcher, about a 13-year-old boy who is both fascinated and terrified of storms. Storm Watcher is tentatively scheduled for a fall 2009 release. Writing for young adults is another passion, and Maria's young adult science fiction thriller titled Inside Out is scheduled for a 2010 release. Adults will also enjoy reading Inside Out.

Maria lives with her family in Pennsylvania where she is at work on the third book in the Glass series. She has also earned a Master of Arts degree in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. Maria would highly recommend this writing program to anyone interested in publishing a novel. A link for Seton Hill can be found in the "Links" section.

This week is going to be awesome because I love Maria's books and will be seeing her next Sunday in Monroe, Michigan. (Thank you Misty for telling me about this event!)

So here's the line up for this week:

Monday: Poison Study review
Tuesday: Magic Study review
Wednesday: Fire Study review
Thursday: Storm Glass review
Friday: Sea Glass review
Saturday: Find out more about Maria, her books, and other cool info.
Sunday: Book signing post (late at night most likely)

I may switch things up a bit and add some other cool stuff.

I wanted to put this out there - if anyone wants to contribute a guest post or has reviewed one of her books already and you want it posted on my blog during this week - please email me at dragonzgoil at gmail dot com.

If you are willing to participate in this event, just use the Mr. Linky as you post!

It can be as simple as a post about buying one of Maria's book and being psyched about reading it. And, you'll get extra points for each post you link up for the contest!


  1. I reviewed Poison Study a couple weeks ago. Do I just add the link to Mr. Linky or should I email you. I'll also have a review of Magic Study (finished yesterday) and Fire study posted this week.
    Loved this series so far!

  2. Just added a few linkys for The First Novels Club, we've reviewed two of her books, interviewed her, met her and had her do a guest post so we have a lot of stuff there for you this week:-)

  3. How awesome! I read Storm Glass not long ago and loved it. I have Poison Study in my TBR pile.

  4. Hope it's ok I posted some older reviews! Loved these books, but reviewed them a little while ago.


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