Kwyn Marie and Shanda Nelson are one and the same person; Kwyn Marie is her pen name for writing, while she illustrates under her own. 

Kwyn Marie/Shanda Nelson began writing and drawing after she picked up her first fantasy comic at age eleven. Ever since, she has put pen to paper (nowadays, fingers to keys and pen to pen display) and created. Fantasy fiction is her passion, with a bit of sci-fi thrown into a couple of tales. While The Wellspring Dragons series is her first publishing endeavor, she plans several more.

She loves video games, and normally plays sandbox RPGs and action/adventure titles. She plays cello, recorder and tin whistle, and listens to goth/industrial/EBM and related genres (once upon a time, she was a goth/industrial DJ).

She has degrees in English and Art History, and a Master of Library and Information Science. She now writes full time in sunny SoCal.