Thursday, August 23, 2012

AAA: Q&A with Maria V. Snyder + GIVEAWAY

This is what the title of this post reads like in my head: Interview with MARIA V. SNYDER OMG OMG OMFGEEE!!! I'll let you in on a little secret: I am a total Maria V. Snyder FANGIRL. If any of you have read Poison Study, you'll know why. It starts with 'V', it ends with 'K'  with a whole lot of awesome inbetween. Maria keeps surpassing herself. Her Study and Glass series are wonderful, her Sci-Fi Dystopians, Inside Out and Outside In are extraordinary, and her most recent release is kind of responsible for my relationship with one of my two best friends in the world. Yes, the lady's a superhero, and it is an honour and a priveledge to welcome her to the ranks of our fellow AAA superheroes today! Without further ado, the one and only, Maria V. Snyder!

How much research goes into your novels? There’s a wealth of details, from lock picking, to fight scenes, even the poison tasting process in Poison Study—it must be incredibly time consuming!

Maria: I do as much research as is needed for the story.  I don’t research for months and months in advance and then sit down and write.  I start the story and when I encounter something that I don’t know about like picking a lock, I put brackets in the text like this: [insert lock picking details here].  Then when I need a break from writing, I’ll do the research.  I try and do as much hands on research as possible.  For my books, I’ve learned how to blow glass, ride a horse, and fence.  But I also draw on my experience.  I’ve been doing karate since I was in college, and the poison tasting is from years of listening to my husband talk about his work. I consider everything I do fodder for my writing. :)

What's the best part of being an author?

Maria: My readers. They have been so supportive and excited about my books and are quite motivating.  I love hearing about how my stories have inspired them.  I enjoy meeting them and some of them will fly to see me or drive over 12 hours one way just to see me, that’s unbelievable.  It’s very heartening.  And it was totally unexpected.  Yes, I expected people to read my books, but I didn’t expect to make this special connection with them.

From Trella’s rigid environment (in Inside series) to Sitia’s lush forests and vast deserts (in the Study and Glass series), your novels are filled with vivid, beautifully imagined worlds—where do you find your inspiration? Do you draw from places you know?

Maria: I enjoy traveling and when I’m in a new place, I take notes.  As for Trella’s world of pipes, I dreamed that one.  And I think it’s from when I was younger and helping my father with his heating and air conditioning business on the weekends – crawling around all that ductwork must have made an impression.

Each of your heroines has endured and overcome some kind of physical violence to not just survive, but flourish. It’s an incredibly inspiring message for young women. Was this something you always set out to focus on, or something you just really love writing about?

Maria: I don’t focus on it, but I’ll admit, I can’t stand passive, helpless heroines.  I’ve always been independent and made a point of learning how to defend myself and learned how to solve problems.  I made sure I graduated college with a degree that I knew I could get a good-paying job with.  And that does translate into my fiction.  If my heroine’s life’s in danger, then I might have her rescued the first time, but she’s going to learn how to defend herself so she can take care of the problem the second time.  I’ve gotten many emails from young women telling me they signed up for karate or self-defense classes after reading one of my books and that’s fantastic!  I love hearing that!

Last one! What's your funniest (or weirdest) moment as an author? Any crazed fans?

Maria: No crazed fans, but I did have one lady who thought I believed in real magic. We had a nice conversation about it, but I didn’t have the heart to tell her my books were fiction (she didn’t buy any).  A few times, people have told me rather personal things which they shouldn’t be divulging.  One of the funnier things, I had a book store employee who hand sold many copies of my books so I told him he was one of my book commandos.  He thought it was cool, but his boss teased him about it, so I mail him a squirt gun so he could have revenge on his boss.

Thank you for inviting me to your event!  If your readers would like more info about me and my books, I have the first chapter of all my books on my website as well as a number of free short stories they can read.  Here’s the link: And my blog is:

Find Maria on: Goodreads | Website  |  Blog  | Facebook
A big thank you to Maria for taking the time to talk to us today today! If you're a fan, why not take to Facebook and let her know. Remember to enter the giveaway (under the jump) for a chance to win dozens of amazing books and prizes, include an Inside Omnibus!


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  1. Me on the outside: Oh, nice, an interview with Maria V. Snyder. Me on the inside: OMG OMG OMG! AN INTERVIEW WITH MARIA FREAKIN' SNYDER!!! :) I love, love, love Maria's writing and books. I haven't read through all of them yet (just the Poison Study trilogy and Inside Out/Outside In), but I am definitely a fan and will be reading all her books at some point.

    VERY curious as to what her husband does if that's where she got the poison tasting from. Intrigue. Thanks Sarah & Maria for this fantastic interview! :D

    1. I LOVE HER SO MUCH! SO SO MUCH! Poison Study is still my favorite, but Touch of Power? KRISTEN. IT'S AMAZING. READ IT READ IT READ IT *pokes*

      Oh! The food tasting thing? She spoke about it when was in Sydney, but it's slipping my memory. I think he was seriously a taste tester, or worked in flavor development at a candy place or... seriously, I'm DYING to know now!

    2. I hesitate to mention that I actually OWN Touch of Power (and the Sea Glass trilogy). She's my husband's all time favorite author, so... yeah, I will definitely get on that! :D

      And a taste tester for a candy place?! Sounds like heaven to me.

    3. Oh goodness, seriously, she replied to confirm (down below) -- CHOCOLATE. OMNOMNOM.

      I can't even explain how much I love that Maria is your husband's fave. My husband hasn't read a novel since he left high school, oh... 12 years ago? O__O

  2. I love Touch of Power and I can't wait for Scent of Magic to be released. Haven't got a chance to read Poison Study yet but I will soon.

    1. YESSS! Oh my word, I ADORED Touch of Power, and Scent of Magic? I DIE. WANT IT NOW! If you liked ToP, you'll LOVE Poison Study -- promise ;D

  3. I haven't read the poison study serie yet but i really like her writing style

    thank you a lot for this interview

  4. OMG, that was an awesome interview. I love the crazed fan questions. I totally get a little crazed in front of authors. I actually told Dan Wells that I wanted to have a baby just so I could buy him/her those pacifiers that look like vamp teeth (He was telling me about his kid having one) Yeah, not my shinning-est of moments.

    1. MAHAHAHAHA! JENNIFER! I laughed out loud reading that, you nut! That is DELICIOUSLY demented. *pokes*
      ♥ you xx

  5. Thanks for doing the interview Sarah! You've helped inflate my ego a good bit and then Kristen weighed in and now I'm going to be impossible to live with ;>

    As for my husband, he works for a secret goverment agency that develops poisons for...No, not really - but it sounds pretty cool :) He works for a candy company and is the expert on chocolate. One of his duties is to taste chocolate - tough eh? And yes, he's a chocoholic even after working there for 20+ years.

    1. Oh goodness, thank YOU! And any ego inflation is well and TRULY earned :D

      I think your husband has the general population's dream job :O

    2. O_O Chocolate taster... How can I get one of those jobs?! You probably need some sort of food sciencey degree, right? I don't think I'd be able to do that. Haha.

      Anyways, yes, thank YOU Maria! I like to think that by inflating the go of authors that I love that I am helping them to write better, which in turn helps me, so, selfish really. ;)

    3. And when I say "go" I mean "ego." *facepalm*

  6. Not only is she an INCREDIBLE writer, but she's also badass at karate? My stalkerfangirlcrush is growing in intensity.

    crawling around all that ductwork must have made an impression. Hahaha, clearly :)

    I LOVE how she describes her heroines. They might be saved the first time, but then they LEARN to take care of themselves, rather than be a damsel in distress the entire way through. STRONG HEROINES FTW.

    OMG and her husband gets to TASTE CHOCOLATE FOR A LIVING? And he's married to one of the best authors of our age? THAT is living the dream life. Love love love this interview!! <3

    1. "Not only is she an INCREDIBLE writer, but she's also badass at karate? My stalkerfangirlcrush is growing in intensity."

      RIGHT? OMFG YES YES YES. Seriously, I can't believe they make people this AMAZING :O

  7. kyaaa! Im currently readin Touch of Power and Im LOVING it as much as Posion Study!! totally absorving! wonderful interview my dear! I loe when Maria says that the best part of being n author is her readers!!! kyaa! she's so sweet! ^.^

    Im gonna go back to my reading now! cant stop for too long! I need more Kerrick! =9

  8. I'm afraid I haven't read anything by the lovely, sweet, awesome sounding, Maria, but this interview certainly makes me want to run out and buy her books. A few months back, I read a snippet from Touch of Power and was TOTALLY INTRIGUED. I'm looking forward to getting round to it because what I read was, well, simple stunning. And your a HUGE fan and have great book taste, so that make's me all the more exicted.

    Fabulous interview, Sarah and Maria! :)

  9. Such a great interview Sarah! Love Maria's books :D

  10. I love Maria! Thanks so much for sharing!

  11. MARIAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA! This is SUCH a good reason to freak out, Sarah! :D The Poison Study series is one of my all-time favourites, and that boy VALEK (<3 <3 <3 <3 <3) you mentioned? EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!! I've loved all of Maria's novels which is why I can't even explain to myself why I haven't read the Inside series o_O

    But I love this interview! I had no idea that Maria actually tried out so many of the things that she writes about - how awesome! I would LOVE to try glass blowing.

    HER HUSBAND IS A CHOCOLATE TASTER?!?!?!?!?!?!?! Where do I sign up?

    Great interview! <3


  12. I LOVE MARIA V SNYDER!!! Has to be one of my all time favourite authors!! Awesome interview and I absolutely can't wait for Scent of Magic!

  13. I like her way of researching it! She goes as she pleases instead of driving herself mad beforehand and then going back because she missed something. I think this is very smart!



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