When I was in sixth grade, I learned about meteorologists and decided I wanted to be one. My visions of chasing tornados throughout the Midwest and flying through hurricanes didn’t pan out. Mostly because I wasn’t good at forecasting, and my grades weren’t exactly stellar. Let’s face it, I’m a daydreamer—always have been, always will be.
I did graduate from Penn State University and was hired as an environmental meteorologist—try and say that five times fast J and I started writing when bored at work (shhh…don’t tell). It’s never a good idea to get caught just staring out the window, so I wrote my daydreams down.
I wrote my first novel, Poison Study. It was published sixteen years later. A lesson in patience and persistence! I had caught the writing bug and I wrote ten more novels and a dozen short stories!
Even though I went on to earn a Masters degree in writing from Seton Hill University, I never lost my fascination with storms, which is why I wrote Storm Watcher. Plus I was able to include dogs in the story—bonus!
I love my new job. Where else can you take fencing lessons, learn how to ride a horse, study marital arts, learn how to pick a lock, take glass blowing classes and get a personal tour of a maximum security prison and call it all research? I’ll give you a hint—not working as a meteorologist.
Find out more about me at www.mariavsnyder.com.