Lucy A. Snyder M.A., M.F.A.

Mentor

Lucy A. Snyder M.A., M.F.A.
Joined Seton Hill
2010
Hometown
Columbus, OH
Contact Info
lusnyde@gmail.com

Lucy A. Snyder joined Seton Hill in January 2010 as a mentor in the MFA program in Writing Popular Fiction. She is a five-time Bram Stoker Award-winning author. She wrote the novels Spellbent, Shotgun Sorceress, and Switchblade Goddess, the nonfiction book Shooting Yourself in the Head for Fun and Profit: A Writer’s Survival Guide, and the collections While the Black Stars Burn, Soft Apocalypses, Orchid Carousals, Sparks and Shadows, Chimeric Machines, and Installing Linux on a Dead Badger. Her writing has been translated into French, Russian, Italian, Czech, and Japanese editions and has appeared in publications such as Apex Magazine, Nightmare Magazine, Pseudopod, Strange Horizons, Weird Tales, Scary Out There, Seize the Night, and Best Horror of the Year. She has also written media tie-in fiction for a Doctor Who anthology, an X-Files anthology, a Hellraiser anthology, and Pathfinder and Shadowrun gaming anthologies. Ms. Snyder has a BS in biology, an MA in journalism, an MFA in creative writing, and is a graduate of the 1995 Clarion Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers' Workshop. She currently lives in Columbus, Ohio.

Education

  • MFA in Creative Writing, Goddard College (Plainfield, VT), 2016
  • MA in Journalism, Indiana University (Bloomington, IN)
  • BS in Biology, Angelo State University (San Angelo, TX)

Publications

  • While the Black Stars Burn. Raw Dog Screaming Press, November 2015.
  • Soft Apocalypses. Raw Dog Screaming Press, July 2014.
  • Shooting Yourself in the Head For Fun and Profit: A Writer's Survival Guide. Post Mortem Press, June 2014.
  • Orchid Carousals. CGP, August 2013.
  • Switchblade Goddess. Del Rey, December 2011.
  • Shotgun Sorceress. Del Rey, October 2010.
  • Spellbent. Del Rey, January 2010.
  • Chimeric Machines. CGP, March 2009.
  • Installing Linux on a Dead Badger. CGP, October 2007.
  • Sparks and Shadows. HW Press, May 2007.
  • For a complete bibliography, please click here. [More Information]

Awards

  • Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection - 2015
  • Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection - 2014
  • Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction - 2014
  • Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Short Fiction - 2012
  • Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Poetry - 2009

Organizations

Presentations

  • "Selling Your Fiction" - Goddard College MFA Residency in Plainfield, VT on June 25, 2016.
  • "Characterization and Dialog", "Social Media 101", "The Plot Thickens", "The Art of the Short Story" - Origins Game Fair in Columbus, OH on June 15-19, 2016.
  • "Diversity & the HWA", "The Plot Thickens", "Selling Your Fiction" - StokerCon in Las Vegas, NV on May 12-16, 2016.
  • "Creative Kickstart", "The Plot Thickens" - Marcon in Columbus, OH on May 6-8, 2016.
  • "Horror, Suspense, and the Supernatural" - Ohioana Book Festival in Columbus, OH on April 23, 2016.
  • "Writing for YA", "Graphic Violence - What's it Good For?", "What is Urban Fantasy?", "Self-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing", "Common Problems of New Writers", "Crowdfunding" - ConCoction in Cleveland, OH on March 11-13, 2016.
  • "Selling Your Fiction" - Goddard College MFA Residency in Plainfield, VT on January 9, 2016.
  • "Publishing Popular Fiction" - Goddard College MFA Residency in Plainfield, VT on July 1, 2015.
  • "Blog Like A Pro: Tips For Everyone" - Teaching & Learning in Higher Education Conference in Columbus, OH on June 5, 2015.
  • "Networking", "More Than Black Hats: Creating a Villain", "The Short Story and You", "Flora and Fauna", "Creating a Steampunk Setting", "Flash Fiction" - Origins Game Fair in Columbus, OH on June 3-7, 2015.
  • "Character Development and Riveting Descriptions" - Writers' Ink at the Upper Arlington Public Library in Columbus, OH on May 17, 2015.
  • "Degrees of Dread: Horror Goes to College", "Stabbing Through the Glass Ceiling: Advice for Women Writers Starting Out", "Terrifying Tropes: Urban Fantasy" - World Horror 2015 in Atlanta, GA on May 7-10, 2015.
  • "Women Destroy Mo*Con" - Mo*Con X in Indianapolis, IN on May 1-3, 2015.
  • "In Brief: Essays, Poems, and Short Stories" and "Publishing: Everything You Wanted to Know" - Ohioana Book Festival in Columbus, OH on April 25, 2015.
  • "Spring into Creative Writing!" - International Institute for Innovative Instruction in Columbus, OH Feb 20-April 10, 2015.
  • "Writing Urban Fantasy and Supernatural Horror", "MFA Programs", "Skewering the Trope: 'Tough Women' in Literature", "Crowdfunding" - Context 27 in Worthington, OH on Sept. 26-28, 2014.
  • "Happiness in Horror", "The Games We Play", "SF as Games; Games as SF", "Collaboration", "Writing and the Day Job", "Truly Creative: Financial Realities of the Writing Life", "The Amazon’s Right Breast: Women in Combat" - Confluence 2014 in Pittsburgh, PA on July 25-27, 2014.
  • "Zombie Culture", "Doctor Who", "Iron Author Detroit!" - DetCon1 in Detroit, MI on July 17-20, 2014.
  • "Writing Horror", "Publishing Mishaps" - Marcon 49 in Columbus, OH on May 9-11, 2014.
  • "Fiction: Short Stories", "From Another Realm: Paranormal, Science Fiction & Fantasy II" - Ohioana Library Book Festival in Columbus, OH on May 10, 2014.
  • "Missed Trends in Urban Fantasy", "If I Knew Then What I Know Now", "Hybrid Publishing", "How do I find the right fit when looking for an Agent?" - Legendary ConFusion in Detroit, MI on January 17-19, 2014.
  • "Horror", "Urban Fantasy", "Dark Fantasy" - Gen Con Indy 2013 in Indianapolis, IN on Aug. 15-18, 2013.
  • "Writing from Life", "Ghosts, Spirits, and the World Beyond" - Gen Con Indy 2012 in Indianapolis, IN on Aug. 16-19, 2012.
  • "Writing Horror" - The Massillon Museum in Massillon, OH, May 26th, 2012.
  • "Writing Urban Fantasy" - Context 23 in Columbus, OH on August 29, 2010.
  • "The Business/Life of Writing Horror and Dark Fantasy" - panel discussion at Ohio State University in Columbus, OH, September 26, 2008.
  • "You Moved My Semicolon; I Want A Divorce!" - Central & Southern Ohio Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators at the Upper Arlington Public Library in Columbus, OH on August 18, 2010
  • "Writing Urban Fantasy" - Sinclair Community College's 36th Annual Writers' Workshop in Dayton, OH on Friday, April 16, 2010.

Performances

  • Lorena in "Return to Mariabronn" - 2010 Writers Talk Halloween show, which aired on WCRS and WCBE in Columbus, OH.