Kwyn Marie, Author Character in Kwyn Marie | World Anvil
Kwyn Marie
dark fantasy indie author
The Typical Bio
I always loved to draw, but I started writing in earnest when I was around 11 years-old. I picked up my first Elfquest comic that summer, and knew that was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life--create fantasy.   Rural Wyoming, USA, was not the most happening of places, so I had plenty of time to hone my craft. One would find me in my bedroom, writing in a well-used notebook or drawing on blank paper; TV nor movies attracted my attention as much as my own creations.   I read what I could check out from my local and school libraries, and obsessively re-read those books I loved (Song of the Lioness, Arrows of the Queen, Dragonsong and Dragonsinger).
  • BA in English from the University of Wyoming
  • BA in Art History from Louisiana State University
  • MLIS with a focus on archives from Louisiana State University.
    I play the
  • cello
  • whistle
  • recorder
  • synths
  I love the 1812 Overture and the Elder Scrolls Soundtracks
I have been a goth at heart since elementary school.   I told my mother I loved the moon and darkness.   She freaked and told me I was supposed to love the sun.

    My Writing
  • Strong female lead
    when I was younger, fantasy female leads were not that common, let alone strong. Things were changing in the genre, and I was lucky to read Mercedes Lackey, Tamora Pierce and other similar authors

  • Bullying
    I was bullied in K-12. The teachers punished me for getting dirty/getting hurt. Even so-called friends believed I was lying about the abuse. While not a conscious decision on my part, all of my stories, in one way or another, have something to say about bullying and its repercussions on the victims.

  • Escape
    I really disliked Wyoming. Fantasy was my way of escaping rural hate. Escape comes in two forms in my writing; providing a way for readers to lose themselves in the stories, and the in-story escape, where the lead character leaves the repressive behind.

  • Prose
    I love how people can write purple prose. It's not in me, to do the same, so I don't delve down to the minutest details.

  • Artwork
    I like artwork in novels. The Sword of Shanara by Terry Brooks was an inspiration in this. And, of course, comics (manga came later).


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