30 December, 2013

Taste of Darkness Blog Tour - Interview with Maria V. Snyder

Welcome to the Taste of Darkness Blog Tour! Thanks to Maria V. Snyder and Rockstar Book Tours for letting us kick off the festivities. Read on for a short Q&A by Alethea and more info about the book.

There are more posts on the way so check the schedule each weekday for the next two weeks, and remember to enter to win using the Rafflecopter widget at the end of the post--the book giveaway is open internationally!

Taste of Darkness Blog Tour: Dec 30, 2013 to Jan 10, 2014

About the book:

She's fought death and won. But how can she fight her fears?
Avry knows hardship and trouble. She fought the plague and survived. She took on King Tohon and defeated him. But now her heart-mate, Kerrick, is missing, and Avry fears he's gone forever. 
But there's a more immediate threat. The Skeleton King plots to claim the Fifteen Realms for his own. With armies in disarray and the dead not staying down, Avry's healing powers are needed now more than ever. Torn between love and loyalty, Avry must choose her path carefully... For the future of her world depends on her decision.

About the author:

Maria V. Snyder changed from being a meteorologist to a novelist in 1995, when she began writing to keep her sanity while raising two children. Since then, she has published numerous freelance articles in magazines and newspapers, and teaches fiction-writing classes at the local college and area libraries. The classes give her the wonderful opportunity to encourage fellow writers, and to keep improving her craft.

Maria lives with her husband, son, daughter and yellow lab, Hazelnut, in Pennsylvania where she is at work on more LUNA novels. She is also pursuing a master's degree in writing popular fiction from Seton Hill University.

Readers are welcome to contact Maria at the following email address: maria@mariavsnyder.com.

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Q&A with Maria V. Snyder:

RNSL: Is there anything you will miss about the Healer trilogy, now that the story is wrapped up? A character, maybe, or a setting you would like to write more about?

MVS: It takes me a while to miss the story and characters. After writing about Avry, Kerrick, and the gang for the last 3 years, I get to a point where enough is enough :) However, I’m sure in a year or two I’d want to explore Flea’s powers more and check in with Avry and Kerrick. A reader suggested I write a short story where Avry meets Kerrick’s Great Aunt Yasmin–that would be fun. The problem is always the same–not enough time to write all the things I’d like.

RNSL: How do you think your storytelling/writing process has changed over the years? Or has it stayed mostly the same?

MVS: I’m more organized and better at writing consistently (every night) vs. in bursts. I’m not sure if my storytelling has changed as far as content, but I’m still a pantser and discover my story as I go. I’m more conscious of weak writing, like passive voice, weak verbs, filtering so I think my new novels are grammatically stronger. I must admit, finding new ways to say “her heart pounded” is getting harder with each book :)

RNSL: Your fans (including me!) love that you learn new things and incorporate them into your books, everything from martial arts to glass-blowing. Was there anything you learned this year, or maybe a skill/craft you worked on mastering?

MVS: For my last two books, STORM WATCHER and TASTE OF DARKNESS, I did more book/internet research. For Storm Watcher, I learned a lot about search and rescue dogs and how to train a dog to earn Tracking Dog titles from the American Kennel Club. If I write a companion book to Storm Watcher, I plan to shadow a search and rescue worker in the field. For Taste of Darkness, I researched immune systems, vaccines, and how a body fights viruses. I also had a couple of interesting conversations with my doctors about cannibalism–like “does a virus stay active after the body dies?” Probably why my family doctor transferred to another practice ;)

RNSL: If you could travel back in time and had one piece of advice to give your past self, you know, Maria before she got her first acceptance letter, what would it be? (Without messing with the space/time continuum, of course!) It could be about anything, not just writing.)

MVS: I’d tell her to spend more time with her kids! My son is in his first year of college and I’m really missing my sweet little boy who smiled and gave me hugs. The past 18 years has flown by and while I love writing and promoting my books, I would have slowed down and not traveled as much.

RNSL: A new year is about to begin! What do you hope it will bring, and what books of yours can we look forward to in 2014?

MVS: I hope it will be a healthy year for everyone. It’s funny how I said I wouldn’t travel as much if I went back in time and yet this year, I’m planning trips to Iowa and Florida. Officially, all I have coming out is an essay I wrote with my daughter, Jenna in the anthology Divergent Thinking about the Divergent series. That book of essays is coming out the same time as the movie in March. However, my new Study book with Yelena and Valek is tentatively scheduled for January 2015, which usually means the book is available at the end of December. The second of the new Study books is due out 9 months after the first, so 2015 could be a busy year for me.

Watch the trailer:

We're certainly looking forward to more great stories from Maria! Kimberly (at The Windy Pages) and I will be posting reviews soon, and soon Thuy is going to be posting some great bookcover-inspired manicures on Nite Lite Reviews :) Here's a quick sneak peek:


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Tour Schedule:

Week One

12/30/2013 - Read Now Sleep Later- Interview
12/31/2013 - Tynga's Reviews- Guest Post
1/1/2014 - Fiktshun- Guest Post
1/2/2014 - Bibliophilia, Please- Interview
1/3/2014 - Snowdrop Dreams of Books- Review

Week Two

1/6/2014 - Parajunkee- Guest Post
1/7/2014 - Moonlight Gleam Reviews- Review
1/8/2014 - The Cover Contessa- Interview
1/9/2014 - Two Chicks on Books- Guest Post
1/10/2014 - Mundie Moms- Interview


  1. Lovely q&a
    But I absolutely love the nails, will be trying those out after new years ago :D
    I've loved Maria's books for a while now so hopefully will win the international book :P

  2. Totally more excited for this book release than I am for actual new years!