Maria V Snyder is the author of multiple books including the Study trilogy and Storm Glass, the beginning to her newest trilogy. The second book, Sea Glass, is set to release on September 1 of this year.
MVS: My first job after college was as a Meteorologist for an environmental consulting firm. The amount of work came in waves, and we were either extremely busy or very bored. During the slow times, I started writing a short story. Ideas were always floating around in my mind, but that was when I began using them and writing stories. I submitted my first short story for critique at a writing conference in Philadelphia, and when the workshop leader gave me 7 out of 10, I thought that was pretty good for a first effort and decided to stick with writing for a while. After my son was born and I only had about one hour a day to myself, I had to decide what was important enough to spend that precious time on. Most days writing won.
KBB: Is there any one person who influenced your decision to become a writer?
MVS: My husband has always been very supportive, even when we were dating. Before I was published, if I needed to go to writer’s conference or a special class, he never said no and he happily took care of the kids while I pursued this new career. And he is still wonderful. Right now I’m in Pittsburgh, teaching writing classes at Seton Hill University and he’s home taking care of the kids. If it wasn’t for his support, I wouldn’t BE a writer.
KBB: Were you a big writer or reader growing up? What about now? Do you prefer writing your own books or reading someone else’s?
MVS: I was a big reader growing up, but I hated to write in school. I remember my older sister reading to me and I was annoyed that she could read and I couldn’t! Soon after, I was reading and I started with mysteries because that is what my mother enjoyed. Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys were my favorites before I graduated to Agatha Christie, Dick Francis, Robert B. Parker, Barbara Vine, and Ed McBain.
I still love to read and do enjoy other author’s books. Currently my favorite authors all have humor in their books. Since my life is so stress-filled and complicated, I’ve been enjoying light and fluffy reading with Mary Janice Davidson’s vampire series and her new mermaid series, Connie Willis is another favorite of mine, and I’ve recently discover the mystery/suspense thrillers of Harlan Coben. I also enjoy the writing process – you need both to be a good writer.
KBB: Did you enjoy writing any of your books more than others?
MVS: I must admit I had a blast writing my new YA novel, INSIDE OUT. It’s coming out April 2010 and I didn’t write it any differently than my Study or Glass books because it’s for a YA audience, but it’s a new world with a great character and I had fun with it.
MVS: Yes, many of them do. Yelena, Leif, Irys, Bain, Valek, Ari and Janco all appear in the Glass books.
KBB: Where did you get the ideas for the Glass books?
MVS: To tell the truth, after writing Fire Study, I wanted to write a different book – one not in the Study world. My editor suggested I write another Study book to keep up the momentum. She mentioned Opal as a potential character.
I liked Opal and she surprised me by how valuable she became in Fire Study, but I couldn’t think of a story idea with her. I was explaining this to my editor and was literally in mid-sentence when the idea for Storm Glass popped into my mind. At first we were going to title the book Glass Study or Crystal Study, but I wanted a new title since I had a new main protagonist.
KBB: Do you have a favorite character from them?
MVS: I should be diplomatic and say they’re all my favorites ;> But I must admit Valek.
KBB: Can you tell us anything about the third book in the series?
MVS: It’s still untitled at the moment, but in this book Opal has to find her place in the world and be content. So much has changed for her over a short time, and she needs to adjust to her new circumstances (I can’t tell you what they are as it will give away some things in SEA GLASS). I’m working on it now and just getting into it. The book will be out in September 2010.
KBB: Thanks so much, Maria! I can’t wait to read the whole Glass series and your new one coming out next year. They sound amazing. Readers here is your chance to win a copy of Sea Glass before it is out in stores.
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