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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

When I'm Not Writing with... Maria V Snyder (Taste of Darkness Tour)

Taste_Of_DarknessI'm super happy to have Maria V Snyder on the blog today to celebrate the release of Taste of Darkness, the last book in the Healers series! Please welcome her warmly :)

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When I’m not writing, I’m Mom.  I do all the typical Mom things - drive my daughter to flute lessons, attend soccer games, go to concerts, etc… I cook meals during the week (we eat out on weekends), do laundry, go to the grocery store, clean house.  All those boring chores.  I’m not a clean freak, but I do like the clutter put away (it gives the appearance of being clean).  When I’m not Mom, I’m playing volleyball.  I’m a setter for a church co-ed team and I set the ball since I’m not tall enough to spike it over a men’s net!  I also play pick up games once a week.  Nice thing about volleyball my son, husband, and daughter all play as well.

When I’m not playing volleyball, I’m skiing.  I love to ski and will go as much as I can from January to March.  When I’m not skiing, I’m traveling.  I love to travel and will use any excuse to go on a trip.  Since I can write anywhere, I frequently tag along with my husband when he’s traveling for business.  I’ve been to most of the European countries and Scandinavia, Russia, Dubai, Malaysia, China, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, and a bunch of other places.  Traveling feeds my imagination for my writing.  When I’m not traveling, I’m taking pictures.  I enjoy photography and try to have a camera with me at all times.  My favorite light is at dusk and I take a million sunset pictures.  I also like zooming in really close (like pores the size of dinner plates close ;).  My pictures have won some ribbons and been used to accompany my magazine articles (which makes me a photojournalist!  Wow – I didn’t realize that until now!).

When I’m not taking pictures, I’m handling the business part of writing like answering emails, posting on Facebook, writing blogs, and scheduling book events.  I also consider research for my stories in this category as I’ll take classes to get hands on experience or spend the time reading through books or interviewing a person of interest. When I’m not doing the biz, I’m working with my students at Seton Hill University.  I mentor students in the MFA program at Seton Hill (not Seton Hall ;).  Every month, they send me pages of their thesis novels, and I read and critique them. I also teach during the five day residency we have twice a year.  It’s a wonderful program and I love helping new writers.

When I’m not mentoring/teaching, I’m sleeping.  Gotta get my 7 hours or I’m very grumpy.  When I’m not sleeping, I’m writing.

More about Taste of Darkness:

Taste of DarknessShe's fought death and won. But how can she fight her fears?

Avry knows hardship and trouble. She fought the plague and survived. She took on King Tohon and defeated him. But now her heart-mate, Kerrick, is missing, and Avry fears he's gone forever.

But there's a more immediate threat. The Skeleton King plots to claim the Fifteen Realms for his own. With armies in disarray and the dead not staying down, Avry's healing powers are needed now more than ever.Torn between love and loyalty, Avry must choose her path carefully. For the future of her world depends on her decision.

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About Maria:

MariaBorn and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Maria always had a fascination with big storms. Dreaming of chasing tornados, Maria earned a bachelors of science degree in meteorology at Penn State University. But she discovered, much to her chagrin, that forecasting the weather wasn't one of her skills. In order to chase tornados you had to predict where they might form. Creating fantasy worlds where she has complete control of the weather was more agreeable to her.

Maria lives with her husband, son, daughter and yellow lab, Hazelnut, in Pennsylvania where she is at work on more LUNA novels. She is also pursuing a master's degree in writing popular fiction from Seton Hill University.

Where to find her: Website/Blog/Facebook/Goodreadstynga

Tynga is a 32 years old mom of two, from Montreal, working as a lab technician in an hospital specialized in heart disease. In her free time, she enjoys reading all things Paranormal and photography.

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17 People left their mark' :

  1. I cannot wait to read Taste of Darkness. It's been TOO long since the last one came out, and I'm so excited!

  2. Jessica @ a GREAT read31 December 2013 at 09:50

    Comment love to Maria!! I LOOOOOOVED this one! Of course you already know that I love all your books! :D

  3. I totally wish you'd come here to New Zealand again! I love photography as well. Can't wait for Taste of Darkness. :)

  4. I have loved Maria's books since Poison Study. Thanks!

  5. Wow!! Glad you are able to find time to write. I can't wait for Taste of Darkness!

  6. I'm so excited for Taste of Darkness. I just re-read the first two in the series, and I'm eager for this one!

  7. Hi Maria! Loving the tour and I love your books.

  8. I love all of your books, and I can't wait to read them all!!!!

  9. This sounds like an enjoyable read.

  10. I loved the post and the chance to see what Maria does when she's not writing. :D

  11. Love your books! <3

  12. As a long-time fan of Ms Snyder's books I am very excited to read this latest installment of her healer series.

  13. I'm so excited to read your book... I'm a huge fan of your awesome stories and this one in particular is the best gotta read it now!!! love you so much your a great author! :)

  14. Thanks Tynga for being a part of my blog tour! And thanks everyone for commenting!

  15. Awesome Work Maria! I hope these turn into Movies! Fan from NZ!

  16. I agree with the idea that traveling feeds the imagination. Though I've been so a couple new I hope to continue some adventures. But,whenever I go somewhere I make sure that my kindle has Ms. Snyders books!! I'm a huge fan

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