Maria: Not really. I wrote sci-fi short stories for a few years before writing fantasy. Writing INSIDE OUT was a nice break from writing fantasy, although not having magic to solve problems was a bit tricky
Rita: Will you ever write in the Sitia/Ixia world again?
Maria: Yes. There are so many characters that I can expand on and write their stories. Characters like Reema and Teegan from SPY GLASS, Fisk is an interesting character and Quinn and Heli, and....
Rita: How in depth with your research do you go?
Maria: I like to do as much hands-on research as possible in order to be able to translate the experience for my readers. As for other research, I'll learn what I need to know and try not to get sucked into doing months of research.
Rita: What was it like writing your first novel, Poison Study, was it the hardest to write? If not, which one was?
Maria: I wrote Poison Study when my kids were babies, so my goal was to have one chapter written per month. It took me about 3 years to complete it and another year to revise. While it took the longest - now I write a novel in six months - it wasn't the hardest because I had time to think about my characters and plot. I think the hardest book for me to write was SPY GLASS. My protagonist, Opal Cowan had to make a big decision and it was so hard for her and me! I cried when she finally decided, but then the book was easier to write.
Rita: What kind of books do you read? And who is your favorite author?
Maria: I read all different genres, but mostly fantasy, science fiction, mystery, and suspense. I've been reading a lot of YA books lately. Naming a favorite author is like naming my favorite child - it's impossible. However, I can name a few of my favorites Rachel Caine, Kate Elliott, Connie Willis, Harlan Coben, Dick Francis, Barbara Hambly, Julie Kagawa, Sebastian Junger....uh, that's a few...right?
Rita: Which character in your books is the most "you"?
Maria: I would like to say Yelena, but, truthfully Opal is more me - especially when I was in middle and high school.
Rita: Are you a coffee drinker or a hot chocolate person?
Maria: I'm a tea drinker However, I do enjoy mixing hot chocolate with coffee as a treat.
Rita: What kind of donut is your favorite?
Maria: Lemon Crème filled - yummy!
Rita: Are you a pantser or a plotter or somewhere in between?
Maria: Pantser!! There is no between - I write by the seat of my pants and love it
Rita: Thank you so much for your time and for the wonderful books you have written. I have really enjoyed reading several of your books this last year.
Maria: I'm so glad you enjoyed my books. Thank you inviting me onto you blogs. If you’re 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. I also have a page full of writing advice for any aspiring writers out there Here’s the link: http://www.mariavsnyder.com/ And my blog is: http://officialmariavsnyder.blogspot.com/
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