Maria V. Snyder is one of my favorite authors, and I’m thrilled to have her on the blog again! Since we did a more in depth interview the last time, I thought we’d do a fun little Q&A!
Please welcome Maria back to the blog!
What’s your favorite thing about being a writer?
My favorite aspect is interacting with my readers! I love getting reader emails, and meeting readers at book events. They’re so enthusiastic and sweet and it’s so fun to learn how my stories have affected their lives in a positive way. For example, whenever I get an email from a young lady informing me that she signed up for kickboxing classes because she was inspired by my characters, that’s better than winning an award!
What do you like to see in a good book?
Characters I love! For me it’s all about the characters whether I’m reading or writing. Plots, interesting settings, and twists are fun, but I have to care about the main protagonist. And also the plot logic must be…er…logical or I’ll lose interest.
What makes you want to toss aside a book in frustration?
Characters I don’t care about! When I’m reading a book, I stop around page 30 and ask myself a question, “Do I care? If the main protagonist dies on the next page, would I be upset?” If the answer is no, then I close the book and look for another. I don’t have the time to wait for a book to get better when I have a shelf full of unread books waiting for me.
What are some of your biggest literary influences?
Growing up, I read every Dick Francis mystery I could find and I always enjoyed his use of first person point of view and cliff-hanging endings, which is probably the reason I use both in my writing. Barbara Hambly, Kate Elliott, and Marion Zimmer Bradley also influenced me as I mostly write about strong female characters.
What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done?
Good question! Interesting…. since “daring” can mean different things to different people. I frequently travel alone and have no qualms about finding my way around a new city or foreign country, but to some this is considered scary. I’m not a daredevil as I’ve never been sky diving or bungee jumping and I don’t like rollercoasters. But I’ve ridden an all terrain vehicle (a three wheeled motorcycle) off road and I enjoy downhill skiing.
Hmmm….this one is hard! I guess I need to pick the one that scared me the most before I did it. And that would be when I went white water rafting in upstate New York. It was on the Moose River where the rapids are considered class 5 (big and scary!), during spring runoff. It snowed and I wore a wet suit, life vest, helmet and a bright neon pink jacket so my husband (boyfriend at that time) could see me if I fell overboard (which I did!). He rescued me, by the way so I figured I should marry him!
\Is there any news of upcoming projects or events you’d like to share?
My next novel to be released is Touch of Power. It’s another fantasy novel about a healer set in a world that is recovering from a deadly plague. Avry’s world has blamed the plague on the healers and has hunted them down. She is finally caught only to be rescued by a group who wants her to heal their Prince. The group’s leader, Kerrick, knows the healers aren’t to blame for the plague and that she could do some good for a change instead of hiding. Unfortunately, she believes this Prince is the one who started the hunt for healers so she isn’t risking her life for some pampered Prince. As they travel to the Prince’s hidden location, they’re pursued by others who have realized having a healer around might just be a good thing for them, but not necessarily for her. It is set for a January 2012 release in the United States.
**You may visit Maria at her WEBSITE, where you can find a few free short stories, and also the first chapter of all of her books, so head on over there! She also has a full page of writing advice for all you aspiring writers out there!