When Maria V. Snyder was younger, she aspired to be a storm chaser
in the American Midwest so she attended Pennsylvania State
University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology.
Much to her chagrin, forecasting the weather wasn't in her skill
set so she spent a number of years as an environmental
meteorologist, which is not exciting...at all. Bored at work and
needing a creative outlet, she started writing fantasy and science
fiction stories. Over twenty novels and numerous short stories
later, Maria's learned a thing or three about writing. She's been
on the New York Times bestseller list, won a dozen awards, and has
earned her Masters of Arts degree in Writing from Seton Hill
University, where she is now a faculty member.
Her favorite color is red. She loves dogs, but is allergic, instead she has a big black tom cat named...Kitty (apparently naming cats isn't in her skill set either). Maria also has a husband and two children who are an inspiration for her writing when they aren't being a distraction. Note that she mentions her cat before her family. When she's not writing she's either playing volleyball, traveling, or taking pictures. Being a writer, though, is a ton of fun. Where else can you take fencing lessons, learn how to ride a horse, study martial arts, learn how to pick a lock, take glass blowing classes and attend Astronomy Camp and call it research? Maria will be the first one to tell you it's not working as a meteorologist.
Readers are welcome to check out her website for book excerpts, free short stories, maps, blog, and her schedule at MariaVSnyder.com.
You can also follow Maria on Facebook and Goodreads.