Author Interview: Maria V. Snyder + Giveaway

Hello everyone!  Today I am so freaking excited because I will be joined by one of my favorite authors ever, Maria V. Snyder.  She is an amazing talent and has written 9 books, and while I haven't read all of them yet, the ones I have I've really liked.  I hope you all will stick around and read my author interview with her, and then I will have an awesome giveaway of her latest release!! :)

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Maria V. Snyder earned an MA in Popular Fiction Writing from Seton Hill University. Her freelance articles appear in magazines and newspapers, and she enjoys teaching fiction writing classes at the local college.

Her amazing books and series include:

The Study series:

I didn't review Poison Study but it's amazing

The Glass series:

I haven't read Sea Glass yet but it's on my TBR
Love the cover of Spy Glass.  Also on my TBR

The Insider series:

Inside Out is on my TBR
Outside In is also on my TBR

The Healer series:

Scent of Magic is scheduled to come out early 2013

She has a ton of books out and almost all of them I have loved.  Seriously guys, if you haven't read any of her books before, YOU.  MUST.  She is so amazing and you will love each and every one of her books you read.  Okay, enough blabbing about how much I love her books.  On to the interview! :P



1. Could you tell us a bit about yourself?
I'm married with two teenagers so I have unlimited texting :) and I have a black cat named Valek. I've been writing for the past 17 years and have 9 books published since 2005. I enjoy playing volleyball and doing photography and have a Bachelor's Degree in Meteorology from Penn State and a Masters Degree in Writing from Seton Hill University.

2. Who were your biggest influences?
I always loved to read and I started reading Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys mysteries, followed by Dick Francis and Agatha Christie - so my earliest influences were mysteries. I think Dick Francis had the biggest impact since I write first person point of view and like to end my chapters with little mini-cliff hangers to keep my :) I've gotten many a late night email from a reader "yelling" at me for keeping her up all night ;> I'm not sorry. Not at all.

3. If you could have a different career what would it be?
A criminal psychologist - I find the criminal mind fascinating!

4. How do you always manage to write a great cast of characters?
Thank you for the compliment. I don't stress too much about my characters, they develop on the page as I'm writing and I find out all fun things about them as the story progresses. They always manage to surprise me and I always make sure to focus on the characters when crafting a story - IMO they are the MOST IMPORTANT aspect of any story. Because if you don't care about the characters you don't care about the plot.

5. What is your favorite movie?
The Princess Bride - it has it all - swords, horses, action, mystery, suspense, pirates, giants, romance, and ROUSs what's not to love?

6. Favorite food?

7. Are there going to be new books for the Study and Glass series?
Eventually - I'd like to do another story about Yelena and Valek, but this time focusing on Valek's point of view, with flashbacks to his past.

8. What is your next book? What's it about? When is it coming out?
My next book is SCENT OF MAGIC. It's the second book in the Healer Series. The story picks up about a week after TOUCH OF POWER ends. Avry's going to take advantage of her new "status" (I don't want to give it away) and go undercover. All out war between Estrid and Tohon is on the edge of breaking out and trouble brews from the northern wildlands. This book will be different than my others as there will be scenes from Kerrick's point of view as well as Avry's.



Today Maria V. Snyder has provided a signed paperback of her latest release, Inside.  It is a compilation of Inside Out and Outside In.

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Inside, by Maria V. Snyder

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  1. All of these series look amazing. The only one I'd heard about is Touch of Power, but I'm going to have to add Maria's books to my TBR pile now!

  2. Kick butt character? The one standing out to me right now is Lola from Lola and the Boy Next Door. She was so quirky and fun and she makes me wish I knew how to sew my own clothes. Kick-butt doesn't necessarily have to be street though, right?

  3. Ah! My favorite movie ever is The Princess Bride, too. And now my 4yo is in love with it, too. She always asks to watch the "Buttercup" movie. :)

    And gasp! A story from Valek's POV?!? I'm swooning already!!!!!!!

    Great interview! I love everything I've read of Snyder's -- which is everything but the Glass series -- but I don't actually own any of them. Thanks for this opportunity! :D

  4. Oh, oops...kick-butt character? Hmm...Yelena was awesome, and I think all of my favorites fall in the same category, including Ismae from Grave Mercy and Celaena from Throne of Glass, which I'm reading right now. Love me some bad-ass assassin chicks! :D

  5. I love Suze from The Mediator series by Meg Cabot. She really does know how to kick butt.

  6. Hmmm, kick-butt character? There have been so many. I love Eve Dallas and her husband, Roark, in JD Robb's In Death series. Or Ryan Cawdor and his whole group in James Axler's Deathlands series.
    I would have added Tris from Divergent, but after reading Insurgent, she has dropped out of my kick-butt characters list.

    Thanks for sharing Maria with us, and introducing me to 3 new series that I now need to check out.

  7. Hmm most kick-butt character would have to be Katniss :)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. I love Rachel Morgan from the Hollows series by Kim Harrison. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  9. OMG! I loved all of her books! well, the ones I've read. And a book from Valek's POv?!?! *faints* Sorry about that. But man is he swoonworthy ♥

    I've read all of her series except for the Storm Glass series (really gotta get my rear in gear!) and loved them all!!!

    Awesome interview!!! She truly is a fantastic writer and has created such amazing books!

    Kick-butt characters? Way to many to count since that's my favorite type: Katniss (hunger games), Caleana (Throne of Glass), Valek and Yelena, Avery, and Ismae (Grave Mercy) just to name a few :)

    Awesome interview and thanks for the giveaway!

    All the best ♥
    Mackenzie @ Oh, For the Love of Books!

  10. Wonderful interview!

    My favorite kick-butt character is Rose from the Vampire Academy series :)

  11. The most kick-butt character I've ever read about would have to be Katsa from Graceling by Kristin Cashore. Best book ever :)

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway :D

  12. Katniss is pretty kick butt from Hunger Games but I'm partial to Rose from VA. Great interview and thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  13. I would have to say Saba from Blood Red Road..but then again, it might be because I am in the midst of the novel =).

    Thank you for the interview~!

    Lilian @ A Novel Toybox

  14. I'm going to go with Tris from Divergent. She's pretty kick-butt I think.

  15. I think Dirk Pitt is a kick butt character, his name is even kick butt!

  16. Hmm I think Katniss from The Hunger Games or Tris from Divergent.

  17. Mercy Thompson from the Mercy Thompson series, probably. Avry from Touch of Power is also pretty cool XD Or Yelena. To be honest, I've read so much I can't really just decide on one and those are some of my favorites.

  18. Alex from the Convenant series:) :)

  19. Rose from Vampire Academy :D

  20. I would say Rose from Vampire Academy and Katniss from The Hunger Games.

  21. It would be Katniss!
    Thanks :)
    kimberlybreid at hotmail dot com

  22. My answer would definitely be Isme from Grave Mercy. :)

    Suz @ A Soul Unsung

  23. I would either say Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games or Tris Prior from Divergent. Both are very strong, independent female characters who know how to kick some serious butt! Love both characters.

  24. Thanks for all the great info, Emily! The books look amazing!

  25. I love all her books xD shes an amazing author

  26. Yelena is my favourite character of all time and never once failed to impress :)

  27. I would have to say Rose from Vampire Academy!!!

  28. I would have to say Rose from Vampire Academy!

  29. I think Finley Jayne from The Girl in the Steel Corset was a pretty Kick butt character!

  30. My favorite is Tris from Divergent. I wanted to let you know I mentioned you on my blog today
    Have a great holiday weekend.

  31. Tris from Divergent is definitely awesome!! And totally kick-butt (I mean, have you read Insurgent?)

  32. Hands down the most kickbutt character that I have ever read about is Rose Hathaway from the Vampire Academy series. Thanks for the giveaway! :]

  33. I LOVE the Poison Study and Sea Glass books!!! Thanks for the awesome interview and giveaway!!! :)

  34. I guess I would have to say the most kickbutt character is Katniss from the Hunger Games. She has to be kickbutt to make it out of that arena alive... twice!

  35. It would have to be Katsa from Graceling be Kristin Cashore!

  36. Definitely Katniss from Hunger Games!

  37. Definitely Tris Prior from Divergent. ♥

  38. I'm going with Tris from Divergent, Katniss from Hunger Games, and the quartet from "The Morganville Vampires" series, Claire, Eve, Shane & Michael.

    Joy @ Book Lagniappe

  39. Valek right? My girls and I LOVE Maria V. Snyder and her books!! My middle daughter owns all but three of her books (this one and touch of power/scent of magic). I would love to get this one for her to add to her collection!

  40. I would have to say Alex Delarge from "A clockwork Orange". He does what he wants and you can't change him.

  41. I like Cassie from the Secret Circle. She has a quiet strength and is a quick learner. Also Anne of Green Gables is one of my favorite. She gets into so much trouble mainly because of her what she says!

  42. I think that would be Katniss from hunger games
    Thanks for the giveaway

  43. MacKalya from the Fever series my Karen Marie Moning

  44. I think that would be Cammie from the Gallagher Girls series. She's an awesome character!

  45. Thanks for the giveaway ! And the most kick butt character I've read about would probably be Katsa from Graceling, or Katniss from Hunger Games ! <3

  46. I would have to say Katniss from the Hunger Games trilogy! She is hardcore kick-butt!


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