Maria V. Snyder changed careers in 1995 from being a meteorologist to a novelist when she began working on her first novel, Poison Study (published by LUNA Books in 2005). Poison Study has won the Compton Crook Award for best first book of 2005 given by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society, won the Reader's Choice Award for the Salt Lake County Library System, and has also been nominated for a Romance Writers of America’s RITA® Award in the Best First Book Category. She has also published numerous freelance articles in magazines and newspapers, and teaches fiction writing classes at the local college and area libraries.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Maria always had a fascination with big storms. Dreaming of chasing tornadoes, Maria earned a Bachelor 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, creating fantasy worlds where she has complete control of the weather was more agreeable.
Maria’s second novel, Magic Study was published by LUNA books in October 2006. Magic Study was a Book Sense October 06 pick, and has been chosen as Audible.com's #1 Editor's Pick for 2006. During research for Magic Study, Maria made some interesting discoveries. One is that if you’re going to learn how to ride a horse, it’s best to do it when you’re young and fearless. The other is that no matter who is holding the reins, the horse still has control.
Maria has a brown belt in Isshinryu karate, and enjoys playing volleyball and the cello. Traveling in general, particularly via cruise ship, is her biggest distraction from writing. But Maria has been able to use her experiences to write a monthly travel column titled Great Escapes for Pennsylvania Business Woman Magazine.
When she’s not traveling, Maria lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, son, daughter, and yellow lab, and recently earned a Master of Arts degree in writing popular fiction from Seton Hill University. Her next Study novel, Fire Study is due out in March 2008 from MIRA books.
Readers are welcome to contact Maria at the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org, or they can find more information on her Web site at www.mariavsnyder.com.