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Maria V. Snyder
When I was in sixth grade, I learned about meteorologists and decided I wanted to be one. My visions of chasing tornados throughout the Midwest and flying through hurricanes didn’t pan out. Mostly because I wasn’t good at forecasting, and my grades weren’t exactly stellar. Let’s face it, I’m a... show more



When I was in sixth grade, I learned about meteorologists and decided I wanted to be one. My visions of chasing tornados throughout the Midwest and flying through hurricanes didn’t pan out. Mostly because I wasn’t good at forecasting, and my grades weren’t exactly stellar. Let’s face it, I’m a daydreamer—always have been, always will be. I did graduate from Penn State University and was hired as an environmental meteorologist—try and say that five times fast ;) and I started writing when bored at work. It’s never a good idea to get caught just staring out the window, so I wrote my daydreams down. After fooling around with short stories, I wrote my first novel, Poison Study. It was published sixteen years later. A lesson in patience and persistence! I had caught the writing bug and Magic Study and Fire Study soon followed.Even though I went on to earn a Masters degree in writing from Seton Hill University, I never lost my fascination with storms, which is evident in my Glass Series (Storm Glass, Sea Glass and Spy Glass), and I still consider myself an environmentalist. The green part of me comes out in both Inside Out and Outside In. Trella’s world is contained inside a big metal cube and they must reuse and recycle everything. One thing they got right in one otherwise messed-up world!My latest series is about a healer and I happily let my nurturing side take over. Touch of Power starts the series with Avry on the run in a world recovering from a devastating plague. Scent of Magic is the second book and the third, Taste of Death will be out December 2013.Aside from a writer, I’m also a teacher and mentor for students enrolled in Seton Hill University’s MFA program in Writing Popular Fiction. I enjoy working with aspiring writers and helping them complete their novels. I've won a half dozen awards and been on the New York Times bestseller list, but nothing compares to being the proud mentor come graduation day!Other things I enjoy are playing volleyball, photography and traveling. I'll go anywhere at anytime - much to my mother's dismay since my husband and I frequently bring along our son and daughter on our adventures.I love my job. 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 get a personal tour of a maximum security prison and call it all research? I’ll give you a hint—not working as a meteorologist.

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Red Lace Reviews
Red Lace Reviews rated it 7 months ago
Storm Glass by Maria V. Snyder My rating: 3 of 5 stars Four years attending the Magician's Keep, and Opal believes she's nothing but a disaster and a disappointment. Instead of being able to learn and practice new powers like other students, her one and only ability is placing a thread of magic with...
Nemo @ The Moonlight Library
Nemo @ The Moonlight Library rated it 1 year ago
Sorry for being such a shit and forgetting to post the minimal reviews I've done this year. This year has just been the absolute worst and I'm still finding it hard to find time to read. I have this medical condition that causes me to lose concentration and fall asleep if I stay still for too lo...
Roobieland
Roobieland rated it 2 years ago
⭐3 stars⭐ You're living in the present. It's a reminder that you can see the future if you just point the glass in the right direction.
Roobieland
Roobieland rated it 2 years ago
⭐3 stars⭐ Lying to yourself is easy. I know. It's much harder to stay and deal with consequences.
Roobieland
Roobieland rated it 2 years ago
⭐3 stars⭐ Life is like molten glass. It flows, it's flexible, it can be molded and shaped and...what do you say? Ah, yes. It holds vast potential. You have a number of uncertainties in your melt right now. But they will always be there in one form or another. Always. Unlike molten glass, life can't ...
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