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Maria V. Snyder

Mentor and Lecturer

Maria V. Snyder
Joined Seton Hill
2005
Hometown
Elizabethtown, PA
Contact Info
mvsnyder@setonhill.edu

Meteorologist turned novelist, Maria's been writing fantasy and science fiction since her son was born. Fourteen published novels, and over a dozen 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 MA degree in Writing from Seton Hill University where she's been happily sharing her knowledge with the current crop of MFA students. She also enjoys creating new worlds where horses and swords rule, 'cause let's face it, they're cool, although she's been known to trap her poor characters in a giant metal cube and let them figure out how to get out. Traveling is one of her biggest distractions from writing and Maria hasn't said no to a trip yet. She has visited China, Dubai, Malaysia, Europe, Central America, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada -- all provided wonderful fodder for her stories.

Education

  • MA, Writing Popular Fiction, Seton Hill University (Greensburg, PA) 2007
  • BS, Meteorology, Pennsylvania State University (State College, PA) 1988

Publications

  • "Night Study" (novel). MIRA Books, Harlequin Enterprises, January 2016 [More Information]
  • "Switzerland - On the Rooftop of Europe" (travel article + photographs). b Magazine, On-Line Publishers 2015 Fall issue,
  • "Trip of a Lifetime - Bella Italia" (travel article + photographs). b Magazine, On-Line Publishers 2015 Summer issue, p. 28-32
  • "Shadow Study" (novel). MIRA Books, Harlequin Enterprises, January 2015 [More Information]
  • "Choices Can be Made Again" (essay). In Divergent Thinking, BenBella Books, March 2014 [More Information]
  • "Taste of Darkness" (novel). MIRA Books, Harlequin Enterprises, January 2014 [More Information]
  • "Storm Watcher" (novel), Leap Books, October 2013 [More Information]
  • "Halloween Men" (short story). In "Halloween: Magic, Mystery and the Macabre," Prime Books, October 2013 [More Information]
  • "New Zealand - Astounding People, Culture, and Landscape" (travel article + photographs). b Magazine, On-Line Publishers 2013 Summer issue, p. 38-41 [More Information]
  • "Brand Spanking New" (short story). In "Best Laid Plans" Dark Quest Books, March 2013 [More Information]
  • "Scent of Magic" (novel). MIRA Books, Harlequin Enterprises, January 2013 [More Information]
  • "Flying Down to Heaven" (travel article + photographs). b Magazine, On-Line Publishers 2012 Fall issue, p. 40-43 [More Information]
  • "Capturing Images" (short story). In "Bloody Fabulous" Prime Books October 2012 [More Information]
  • "New Girl" (short story). In Spirited: 13 haunting tales. Leap Books, LLC, March 2012 [More Information]
  • "Berserker Eyes" (short story). In Brave New Love. Running Press Teens February 2012 [More Information]
  • "Touch of Power" (novel). MIRA Books, Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd. Canada January 2012 [More Information]
  • "Stockholm - The Capital of Scandinavia" (travel article + photographs). b Magazine 2011 Fall issue, On-Line Publishers, p. 34-37 [More Information]
  • "Super Summer Reads" (article). MIZZ Magazine July 2011, Panini UK Ltd, p. 58-59
  • "Godzilla Warfare" (short story). In No Man's Land, Dark Quest Books, May 2011 [More Information]
  • "Storms & Magic: Forecasting the Future" (essay). In Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society May 2011, American Meteorological Society, p. 644-645 [More Information]
  • "Dumping the Info Dump" (writing how-to article). In Many Genres One Craft, Headline Books, May 2011 [More Information]
  • "Under Amber Skies" (short story). In Corsets & Clockwork, Running Press, April 2011 [More Information]
  • "The Coldest Game" (short story). In Bewere the Night, Prime Books, April 2011 [More Information]
  • "Exploring the State of Golden Dreams" (travel article). b Magazine 2011 Spring issue, On-Line Publishers, p. 32-37 [More Information]
  • "Cursing the Weather" (short story). In Black Gate Magazine, Issue 15, New Epoch Press, April 2011 [More Information]
  • "Outside In" (novel). Harlequin TEEN, Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd. Canada, March 2011 [More Information]
  • "Sake and Other Sprits" (short story). In After Hours: Tales from the Ur-Bar. DAW books, March 2011 [More Information]
  • "Spy Glass" (novel). MIRA Books, Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd. Canada, September 2010 [More Information]
  • "Mongrel" (short story). In Running with the Pack, Prime Books, April 2010 [More Information]
  • "Inside Out" (novel). Harlequin TEEN, April 2010 [More Information]
  • "Dr. Time" (short story). In The Stories in Between, Fantasist Enterprises, November 2009 [More Information]
  • "Sea Glass" (novel). Harlequin MIRA, September 2009 [More Information]
  • "Sword Point" (short story). In The Eternal Kiss, Running Press, July 2009 [More Information]
  • "Storm Glass" (novel). Harlequin MIRA, May 2009 [More Information]
  • "Night Vision" (short story). In The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance, March 2009 [More Information]
  • "Fire Study" (novel). Harlequin MIRA, March 2008 [More Information]
  • "Wizard's Daily Horoscope" (short story). In Black Gate Magazine, Issue 11, New Epoch Press, August 2007 [More Information]
  • "Magic Study" (novel). Harlequin LUNA, October 2006 [More Information]
  • "Poison Study" (novel). Harlequin LUNA, October 2005 [More Information]

Awards

Organizations

Presentations

  • Keynote Speaker for Pennwriter's Annual Conference, Lancaster, PA, 2012 [More Information]
  • Presented, "Storms & Magic" at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. 2010
  • Presented, "Juggling the Writer's Life" at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. 2009
  • Presented, "Ideas, Influences, and Inspiration," to the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. 2008

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