Tuesday, April 6, 2010

*Signed* INSIDE OUT Giveaway and Guest Post from Maria V. Snyder on Switching Genres

Hey Guys,

We're absolutely thrilled to host another guest post by Maria V. Snyder--she's one of our favorite authors and one of the first authors we all ventured out to meet and fangirl and then obsessively try and pick her brain for writing tips and she was totally cool the whole time. Maria is one cool person and one cool author -- not to mention she's a New York Times Best Selling author and already has two popular fantasy series, The Study Series and The Glass Series. But we'll let Maria do the talking...

Switching Teams…Really?

I’d like to thank The First Novels Club for inviting me back to their blog! Thank you :-)

My latest release is INSIDE OUT. It’s categorized as a Young Adult (YA) title and the genre would be best described as a dystopian science fiction. This is very different than my other five novels, which are all in the fantasy genre. Many of my readers want to know why science fiction? Why YA? The answer…Because. ;)

Because I always enjoyed reading science fiction. My sister’s boyfriend (now her husband) introduced me to science fiction when I was in high school. Before then, all I read were mystery novels. I started with the worlds of Ursula Le Guin and went from there. He also started feeding me fantasy and I was hooked on both. And good advice to aspiring writers is to write what you enjoy reading because you’re already familiar with the tropes and conventions of that genre, and you know what topic has been done to death and which topics are new and fresh.

Because when I started writing short stories so long ago (no, I’m not saying how long ago), all my story ideas were science fiction. Yet when I sparked on the idea of a food taster as a main character, I didn’t put her in the future, but in a fantasy world. Why? Because, in the future there will be nifty little machines to test foods for poisons.

Because when I dreamt of the world of Inside, there was no doubt in my mind that it was science fiction. As a long time SF reader, I was excited to try something new. And here’s an embarrassing confession…ready? The first time I heard the word dystopian to describe INSIDE OUT, I had to look the word up in the dictionary (shhhh….don’t tell anyone). I hadn’t meant to make the world dystopian – didn’t plan on it – it just worked out that way. Life was bad for my main character, Trella – it gave her the motivation to make it better. Who knew her world was dystopian? I didn’t.

So why YA?

Because Trella is young. She’s about 17 years old and for YA the main protagonist should be between 16 to 18 years old. Because it’s a coming of age story (also not planned, but what developed). Because my other books have been well received by YA readers (actually my books appeal to a wide range of readers – I’ve gotten emails from 9 yr olds to an 81 yr old).

Because young adults are savvy readers so I didn’t need to change my word choice or modify the complexity of the plot. And let’s face the reality of the book selling world right now. YAs are selling well – young people are reading and buying books like crazy and adults are also reading YA titles. I’m a big fan of YA books – they’re fun and interesting and I’m not the only adult to think so. (Don’t believe me? Go to http://www.goodreads.com/ and you’ll find a couple of adult groups that discuss YA books).

Because I enjoy that age group. And because my son is 15 and my daughter is 12 – I’m around YAs quite a bit. For some reason, when I drive my kids and their friends somewhere, they think my ears turn off as I drive - lol! I hear more than I should, but it’s great for my writing. Because I always have so much fun when I go into middle schools and do talks. As an “official” YA writer, I’m hoping to be invited more often. (PS: I don’t charge a speaker’s fee for schools. I just ask for travel reimbursement for schools over 2 hours away from my house – hint, hint ;).

Because I love, love, love getting emails from teens. Many are inspired by my characters or my writing. A few readers signed up for karate so they could defend themselves like Yelena in my Study books, they’re inspired to write their own stories, some draw pictures of the characters, some write poems, or make jewelry, and one girl decided not to end her life after reading my book. Every one of those emails is precious to me. And to know my books are influencing young people’s lives in a positive way is so gratifying and amazing!

That’s why!

And now time for the commercial ;-> If you’d like to read the first three chapters of INSIDE OUT, or do a personality quiz based on the book, or see a really cool video trailer for the book go to: http://www.whatsinsideout.com/ To see maps of the world of Inside, go to: http://www.mariavsnyder.com/maps.php To read some of my SF short stories go to: http://www.mariavsnyder.com/shortstories.php

Hmmm…. not quite a commercial as everything I listed is free :-)

Thank you so much for coming by Maria! We love having you. Now onto the contest. We are of course celebrating the release of Inside Out AND we're giving away one copy that Maria is going to sign and personalize to one lucky winner!

To enter you simply have to be a follower and leave a comment below (we'd love to hear about your favorite Maria book or which is your favorite genre to read, or which two genres you switch back and forth between the most).
+2 if you tweet
+2 if you link to this post on your blog
+2 if you link from your facebook/myspace/etc
+5 if you write an entire post

So comment away and make sure you tell us (and please show us) how many extra points you've gotten (12 maximum possible).

The Fine Print:
Contest is open to US and Canada residents only. Winner will be contacted by email at the close of contest. If you do not leave your email address in your comment, it is your responsibility to check back at the FNC blog to see if you've won. You have 72 hours to claim your prize, or an alternate winner will be chosen.

Contest ends April 12th, 2010 at 11:59PM



  1. Great interview, guys! I've not read anything by Maria before, but I'll have to check her out. I love dystopian fiction, science fiction, and fantasy, and I really love them blended together.

  2. Great interview. I'll definitely have to check out Maria's books.

  3. I haven't read any of Maria's books as of yet. My favorite genre, though, would have to be YA. I don't really have a specific favorite. I like dystopian, fantasy, paranormal probably the best though.

    +2 tweet: http://twitter.com/_elizabethjoy/status/11703598501

    Extra Entries: +2

  4. Oh how I loved Inside Out! I think my favorite Snyder is a toss up between Inside Out and Poison Study. Valek is still my fave though.

  5. She sounds like a great writer!
    +2 For sidebar link

  6. Oops! And I love almost any genre of YA or MG!

  7. I go back and forth between dystopia and more fantasty books. Every once in awhile some realistic fiction finds it's way in!

    +2 tweeted http://twitter.com/justkeepreading/statuses/11712114993
    +2 sidebar http://owlforya.blogspot.com

    total: 5

    foltzsfantasticbooks at gmail.com

  8. I haven't read many of Maria's books, but I absolutely loved her book Poison Study.

    +2 I tweeted http://twitter.com/thebookcellarx/status/11714269610

    :) Erica

  9. I am DYING to read this! Thanks for the awesome contest and guest post :)

    +2 sidebar: http://lostininkreviews.blogspot.com/

    -Staysi <3

  10. Great interview. I haven't read any Maria V. Snyder books yet but 'Inside Out' is on my TBR list. I read mostly YA and adult contemp./supernatural

    +2 if you tweet: http://twitter.com/kpic724/status/11718786682

    +2 if you link to this post on your blog: sidebar: http://ijustwannasithereandread.blogspot.com

    Total 4 extra pts!

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  12. Thanks! (:
    I follow

  13. Excellent interview - I have posted on my blog at:


    Thanks for the opportunity to enter the contest!

  14. I like to switch back and forth between historical fiction, ya, and memoirs. I have not read any of her books, but I will now! Thanks for the chance. bekki1820cb at gmail

  15. I'm so excited for this book!

    Tweeted: http://twitter.com/ThuyTNguyen/status/11722028063

  16. Forgot to mention. I love Maria's Poison series. Favourite genre would have to be Dystopian.

  17. Hi, Maria! Inside-Out sounds excellent, I can't wait to read it!

  18. I really want to read this one!

    +2 tweet: http://twitter.com/squiggles87/status/11725719982


  19. I love Poison Study! For some reason my B&N doesn't have Fire Study or any of the Glass series though :(

    +2 Facebook link:


  20. I have not read anything by Maria but am always looking for new authors. This book looks great. My favorite genres are mystery/thriller and I do like ya.
    +2 I tweeted http://twitter.com/bangersis/status/11730508527
    email bangersis(at)msn(dot)com

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  22. Thanks for the giveaway. I have both Magic & Poison Study sitting about half-way up in my TBR pile... I try to read them in something like the order I get them or I'll forget about older books no matter how excited I am, lol. As for genres, I like Urban Fantasy & YA with some sort of dystopian/fantasy/sci-fi twist. Also, I like most kinds of dystopia if they have a unique/fantastic element... so I really want to read Inside Out. :D

    +1 Comment
    +2 if you tweet (http://twitter.com/wordsrollon/status/11735582095)
    +2 if you link to this post on your blog (http://wordsrollon.blogspot.com/2010/04/i-heart-contests-take-3.html)

    Total Entries: 5

    ambience.of.rain {at} gmail.com

  23. Please include me! Thanks
    I love mysteries and suspense novels!

    dcf_beth at verizon dot net

  24. My favorite book by Maria is Poison Study.


  25. I like Poison Study the most. The one part that sticks out to me most was when Yelena was drunk and tried to sedude Valek, so funny.

    Tweeted: http://twitter.com/Emma015/statuses/11760961041

    3 entries

  26. Cool contest! I love dystopian and sci-fi. This book sounds awesome! :)

    +2 Tweeted about it here: http://twitter.com/abbyannis/statuses/11764097148

    +2 Sidebar link here: http://abbyannis.blogspot.com/

    +5 blogged about it here: http://abbyannis.blogspot.com/2010/04/like-gazillion-contests-and-blogfest.html

    9 extra entries. :)

  27. My favorite genre is Paranormal with Suspense coming in second! tWarner419@aol.com

  28. I love all Young Adult though I prefer it have appropriate content. I really hope to get to read this book because the concept sounds amazing! Wonderful post!

    Emma Michaels

  29. I have not read any of Maria's books yet but my fave genre is Urban Fantasy
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  30. I am new to this author, but I so wanna give her a try! Woot!


    patronus89013 at yahoo dot com

  31. I love all of Maria's books!!!

    +2 Tweeted! http://twitter.com/bookgoil/status/11836403523

  32. oh and my email addy is:


  33. I would love to read this - especially after reading the interview!! Please include me!

    APSkap (at) comcast (dot) net

  34. Great interview! I can't wait to read Inside Out. :-) At the moment I'm switching between paranormal and dystopian YA. I'd love to read one that was both.

    +2 Tweet: http://twitter.com/whatinabox/status/11839760912
    +2 Sidebar: http://bookishinabox.blogspot.com

    whatinabox at gmail dot com

    TOTAL = 5

  35. I loved The Study Series! I read a lot of YA, but also enjoy mysteries, historical fiction, and the occasional chick lit.


  36. My favorite probably has to be magic study! But that was a hard decision as I love the entire series!


  37. looks great. My favorite genre is autobiograpy/memoir


  38. looks great. My favorite genre is autobiograpy/memoir


  39. I haven't read anything by Maria before but hope to. The genres I switch between most are realistic fiction and fantasy.

  40. Thanks for the links - I didn't know about them. I'm definitely entering. :)
    +2 on my sidebar at twoandahalfbooklovers.blogspot.com

  41. Love Maria and her books! Great guest post.

  42. I loved the Study series a lot and was very sad when they ended. Can't wait to read Inside Out!
    adrienne2093 at comcast dot net

  43. Loved the blog. :) My favorite genres are definitely urban fantasy and paranormal romance, but I do switch to sci-fi from time to time.

    +2 for tweeting - http://twitter.com/Heatwave316/status/12019514253


  44. Fab interview!

    I love Maria V. Snyder, love, love, love!

    Her poison study series are one of my all time favorite series. I cannot wait to read Inside Out.

    I really like all genre's but Fantasy is def one of my favorite's

    +2 linked on blog: http://book-mac13.blogspot.com/p/contests.html


  45. Hi, love the review! I haven't read anything by Maria before, but she looks awesome. My favorite genres of fiction are mystery, science fiction, and fantasy.

    +2 tweeted: http://twitter.com/faellie_lupe/status/14264852364



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