Wednesday, May 9, 2012

A Day in the Life of… Maria V Snyder (& Giveaway)


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A Day in the Life of.....

This is where us bloggers & fans get a glimpse inside the days of our favorite authors!


Maria V. Snyder switched careers from meteorologist to novelist when she began writing the New York Times best-selling Study Series (POISON STUDY, MAGIC STUDY and FIRE STUDY) about a young woman who becomes a poison taster. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, Maria dreamed of chasing tornados and even earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Meteorology from Pennsylvania State University. 

Maria lives with her family and a black cat name Valek (a.k.a. the bug assassin!) in Pennsylvania where she is at work on another book and/or a short story (yes this is purposely vague - as you can see, Maria is very busy and updating her website takes time that she just doesn't have. Oh, all right, but if this information is out of date, don't blame Maria :). Actually, Maria is hard at work...well not at this very second...on a new fantasy series featuring a healer in a world recovering from a horrible plague. TOUCH OF POWER the first book was published in January 2012, and she's working on the second book, SCENT OF MAGIC, well...that's what she told her editor.

Where to find Maria online:  Website ~ Facebook ~ Amazon

A Typical Day in Maria’s Life

Ah, the exciting life of a novelist… I spring from my immense four poster bed in the master suite of my country manor situated atop a grassy knoll overlooking the vast acreage of my estate. My entourage sweeps in with breakfast, my daily schedule, and a tray filled with checks to deposit. They report the masses of press/media and my adoring fans are blocking the south entrance again, and that Jan Leno has called five times, begging me to appear on his show.

Screeeeeech!! The sounds of the garbage truck’s squeaky brakes, rip through my dream, waking me to cold reality. With difficulty, I roll over in bed and stare at the clock. 11:00 a.m….11:10….11:15 a.m. My cat, Valek meows as if he is starving to death if I don’t feed him NOW. During breakfast, I read the daily newspaper and drink an extra-large cup of English Breakfast tea. Then I trudge the twenty-one steps to my home office and check emails.

My afternoons are not as predictable as my “mornings.” I either answer emails, post on Facebook, Goodreads, and/or my blog. I’ll answer Q&As and/or write guest blogs ;) or I’ll work on critiquing my students’ submissions from Seton Hill University’s MFA program (I’m currently evaluating thesis manuscripts right now). I also try to keep my website updated and do the various things needed to promote my books like sign book labels and books for my referral contest winners. (on the atypical days, I go to schools to do presentations and talks, or career days). I’ll also do research for my books and if that requires me to attend a class or take a tour, then I try to schedule it for this time of day. Basically my afternoons are my time to do the business side of writing.

My kids come home around 3:00 p.m. and I do the Mom thing – ask about their day – my 14 year-old daughter tells me everything that has happened to her in detail, my 17 year-old son grunts a “good” and disappears. I cook dinner so we eat around 5:00 p.m. when husband shows up from work. Then our evenings are a combination of taking my kids to various practices, or games, or activities.


10:00 p.m. I tuck my family into bed, make a huge thermos full of decaffeinated English Breakfast tea, and return to my computer. It is this time of the “day” that I write my novels and short stories. My goal is to write about 1200 words – some nights I exceed that with ease and others I can barely get out 500. I also will “act out” my fight scenes, using the various weapons I have hidden around my office.

I love writing at night. It’s the time I’m most awake and creative. No one is awake to bug me, the phone doesn’t ring, and I can usually avoid the temptation of the Internet. Bed time for me depends on how the writing is going. If it’s one of those 500 word nights, I’ll turn in around 2:00 a.m., if it’s a 1200+ night, I’ll keep writing until I hit a snag. The latest I’ve gone to bed is 6:00 a.m.

Then I’ll slip into bed and dream of being a famous novelist, wake up and do it all again. Ah, the exciting life of a novelist…

Thank you so much Maria for stopping by and sharing what a typical day is like for you!

In honor of today’s visit, Maria is offering up a SIGNED copy of INSIDE to one lucky person!

This is open to EVERYONE!

All you have to do to enter is fill out the Rafflecopter form.


  1. Thanks for a great post! Isn't it funny how sometimes "night" can be so much more peaceful? Especially with a house as full as yours! If I didn't have a 9-5 job, I'd probably be an night owl too!

    Thanks for the great giveaway and congrats on the books! I've read such great reviews for all of them and I would love to try them :)

  2. Night time is when I'm 100% when I'm the most creative as well. Yet on the other hand in the morning is when I did homework and math best, I guess one side of my brain works better at different times again.

    ~Sam @ A Journey Through Pages

  3. Maria is one of my favorite writers.

  4. Awesome post, I love the fact that you write at night, despite having school I'll do anything I can to stay up, I love it when everything's quiet and no one's around!
    I also love that line about your children, me (a teenage girl), as soon as I get home from school tell my mum (in detail!) about my day. On the over hand my older brother doesn't even bother to answer and completely ignores my mum and goes straight upstairs!

    Congratulations on all the success with your books, they're completely awesome! :D

  5. This is an awesome post! I love Maria's work.

  6. Awesome post! Hey Maria!! As you already know I loooooove your books! Keep writing them! :)

  7. That's livin' the dream, Baby! I took work better at night, but my family situation requires me to write about 10 a.m. instead. I love the idea of a warm beverage and cozying up with the laptop. Though I think I need more stuffed animals and pets around...

  8. Hi Maria! I'm a huge fan! I follow you on Facebook, Goodreads, and on your website! :)

  9. i have a problem with the rafflecopter i can sign in with my email i click and nothing happen no box to put name and email at all....even after trying to refresh several time

  10. I'd never be able to stay up and write during the night. It sounds like the ideal situation but by body would just give in. I'm always in bed by about 10pm.

  11. I am more of a night person myself then a morning person. LOL I used to stay up late at night and just get up in time to drag my butt to school or work. I always got a lot more accomplished then. :)

    Love the "day in the life of post" - it's always interesting to see what an author's life is really like. :)

  12. Loved this post! It gives me some hope! :) And now I have no excuses. LOL.

  13. I loved this post! Thanks for sharing!

    jessicarwarfield at gmail dot com

  14. i never read any maria books (poor for me),,but iam interest for reading your books now,,putting it in my TBR..
    success for you..and thanks for the giveaway ^^

  15. Hi.. I just have one question..

    What is the hard part when Your write your book... ??

    Thank You for the Give away and Success for You..

    1. For me, the hardest part is getting through the middle of the book. The beginning is so exciting and the end is easy as I've done all the plotting and planning, but that middle...oy vey!

  16. I don't know about a typical day, but it is certainly a busy day. I would love to read INSIDE thank you.

  17. So im not the only one who gets more done at night time?

    Loving your books, and its wonderful to get to know how you spend your day :)
    (have you ever woken one of your kids up when acting out your 'fights'? I bet that would've been fun XD)

  18. Writing late at night sounds like a peaceful but spooky way to write.

  19. Oh, wow. Seems like a tough job being a writer but I guess it's worth it in the end, huh? :D

  20. I love Maria Snyder and her books! :D
    I also think that writing at night yields more fruitful outcomes.

  21. I'm glad to hear so many of you are fellow night owls. One time when I was trying to get my daughter to bed (she was 6), she told me, "I'm a better night owl than you, that's the way God made me." Of course I let her stay up a little longer :)

    As for the pictures, The one marked storm goblin is a picture of a goblin made out of a gourd by my good friend and gourd artist, Judi Fleming – he’s protecting a storm orb that’s mentioned in my book Storm Glass. The toys – you can see Sheepy from the Insider books, a Koala bear that was given to me from a friend from Australia – a flower made of duct tape given to me by my daughter – and a bobble-headed Clifford who helps me with plotting decisions :) The cat mug and pen holder were both given to me by my daughter (she made the pen holder).

    Thanks for all the comments!

  22. Maria is a great author! Great books :)

  23. Great post :)
    Thanks for the giveaway

  24. ^^ finally the rafflecopter let me enter, first good news of the day.
    It's interesting to see how the night can be productive, it's often when i'm lying down that also got idea for review etc but i need at least 8h of sleep so i can't get up to write them down and i've forgotten everything in the morning. Thanks you a lot for opening this giveaway to international

    all the best

  25. I think it's awesome the writing bug hits you at night. I'm also a night person and can attest to the calming/quiet nature to it. Best time to do anything. Here's to hoping every night is a 1200+ night. and Yes! some of us are addicts! (I am in love with the Yelena books)

  26. I absolutely LOVED the Inside Out books!!! Secretly hoping for another!!! *crosses fingers* A fangirl can dream right! :D

  27. I love both your Insiders series and The Study series. They are amazing!
    It's great how Trella and Yelena are such strong woman. Theyy don't let anything pull them down and it is so inspiring.

  28. Maria, thanks for sharing your experience with us. You don't have to dream to become a famous novelist, you already are one!

    With love,
    Your hardcore fan.

  29. I was just introduced to your books 3 weeks ago. Since then I have the Study series and the Glass series. They were absolutely amazing and I look forward to reading more of your stories. Thank you for sharing your talent.

  30. Which part of the book was the most fun to write? :D

  31. Just finished reading Magic study, can't wait to read your other books.


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