In today’s new episode, we have award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Maria V. Snyder of the “Study” series.
In our conversation, you’ll learn what inspired the idea for Maria’s novel Poison Study, the first book to kick off the Study series. We have a detailed look inside her research and writing process, and what her revision process is like. We discuss the importance of creating a story bible and keeping track of the details when writing a book series, and how to develop and maintain romantic relationships throughout.
You’ll learn how writing and critique groups create deadlines and provide support for your writing. And Maria shares advice on finding your voice as a mother and a writer, and how to create intentional writing time with a busy schedule.
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“Since I discover my story as I write, revision is a big part of it for me.”
-Maria V. Snyder
“Getting support from other writers is really important.”
-Maria V. Snyder
“My dream is not the destination, it’s the time.”
-Maria V. Snyder
What You’ll Learn From This Episode:
- Learn how Maria merges her two passions of meteorology and writing
- Learn what inspired the idea for Poison Study
- How writing and critique groups create deadlines and provide support for your writing
- Maria’s advice on finding your voice as a mother and a writer
- How to create intentional writing time with a busy schedule
- The importance of keeping track of the details and creating a story bible when writing a series
- A look into Maria’s creative research and writing processes
- How to develop and maintain romantic relationships throughout a series
- Learn how Maria revises her novels
- How children’s non-fiction books can serve as great resources for your story
About Poison Study
About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She’ll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace- and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.
And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly’s Dusté and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.
As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can’t control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren’t so clear—.
Learn More About Maria V. Snyder
Meteorologist turned novelist, Maria’s been writing fantasy and science fiction stories since she was bored at work and needed something creative to do (shhh…don’t tell!). Fifteen 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 half-dozen awards, and has earned her Masters of Arts degree in Writing from Seton Hill University where she’s been happily teaching and mentoring students in the MFA program.
Books & Resources Mentioned in Maria’s Episode:
How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy by Orson Scott Card
On a Pale Horse by Piers Anthony
A Spell for Chameleon by Piers Anthony