Today, Maria V. Snyder has answered some questions newest book coming out December 20- Touch of Power – and about writing and her future works.Thank you so much Maria for being on the blog!
P.S. I would definitely check out the blog tomorrow…so you can enter to win a SIGNED copy of Touch of Power!
Interview with Maria V. Snyder
1Your characters always feel so fleshed out- Flea, Belen and, not to mention Avry, are all so complex and interesting. Are any of your characters based on actual people?
A) I do borrow some traits from the people I know for some of my characters. For example, Flea is a combination of my son, and his friend, Ben. My son’s soccer team gave Ben the nickname Flea because he was smaller and younger than the other boys, but he was fast and determined.
2So many YA novels involve “instalove,” or the almost instantaneous attraction and falling in love of characters. That is one of the many reasons why I appreciate the slow-but-steady romances in your books. What do you think about the instalove trend?
A) I think there is something fun about instalove – I remember being a teen and seeing that guy! So swoon worthy! And I do know one couple who had that instant, love at first sight romance and are still together. But I like to be more realistic in my books, and the “hate at first sight” is way more fun to write about and I like showing how characters can change.
3The plague in Touch of Power seems very similar to the real plague Black Death that happened during the Middle Ages. How similar are the two diseases?
A) I’m not sure. I did research the Black Death, but I focused more on what the survivors did after everyone died. I didn’t look into the symptoms, I just created my own disease to suit the story, which is why I like writing fiction 🙂
4I’m no doctor, but Avry’s experiences healing others’ injuries seem pretty anatomically correct. Did you do any type of medical research to write Touch of Power? Did you see any of the wounds you described in person?
A) I did have a few interesting conversations with my doctor about various injuries. The Internet was also helpful, but I didn’t work at a hospital or anything like that. Although I used to be a candy stripper when I was younger 🙂
5Touch of Power is your 9th novel (woo hoo!!). Has the creative/writing process changed since writing your first novel? How so?
A) One thing that has changed is I have deadlines now so I don’t have as much time to write. It took me three years to write my first book, and six months to write Touch of Power. I also need to write a synopsis before I start the novel in order to get the story approved. The creative process is the same – I’m still a seat-of-the-pants writer and don’t ever follow my synopsis, but my editor is used to that 🙂
6You’ve explored some unique types of magic in your books- healing in Touch of Power, glass magic in the Glass series and soul magic in the Study series. Can you give us any hints as what types of magic you’ll explore in future books?
A) I’d like to explore what happens to lightning strike survivors, and would love to write an urban fantasy with that concept.
7When will the next Healer book be released (if you can reveal that info)?
A) Scent of Magic is scheduled for a January 2013 release.
8Is there anything else you would like to add about Touch of Power, writing, etc?
A) I’d like to talk about Avry’s healing powers. She has to take on the injury or illness and then heal herself. Yelena has this power as well, but it was a side effect to her other magic. I really wanted to explore that aspect of healing. The ability to heal with magic is very appealing to me. As a mother, I hate to see my children sick or injured and always wish I could make it all go away. I also have to give credit to an old Star Trek episode titled The Empath about a race of healers/empaths who would can take on the injury or illness of another. I watched all the Star Trek episodes, but this one always stayed with me.
Also thanks so much for inviting me on your blog. If your readers would like more info about me and my books, I have the first chapter of all my books on my website as well as a number of free short stories they can read. Here’s the link: Mariavsnyder.com And my blog is: officialmariavsnyder.blogspot.com
Don’t forget to come back tomorrow and enter to win a SIGNED copy of Touch of Power!