From Sabledrake Magazine Contributors Page:
Maelan (yes, not the real name, but hey) is a high school student near Chicago, though she was born in Neuilly, France. She likes almost all epic fantasy, particularly 'The Lord of the Rings', the Nightrunner books by Lynn Flewelling, and books by Janny Wurts. In her spare time (between school, playing the violin, and fencing) she likes to read and especially to write (all fantasy, of course). She has written one complete book so far and is working on a second. She also has a great interest in the Western Middle Ages, particularly in the 11-12th centuries.