Shawn Maravel was born and raised in New Jersey. She has a twin sister as well as two younger sisters. She married her high school sweetheart in January of 2009. When her husband, then boyfriend, joined the Army in May of 2008 she began writing to keep herself busy in his absence. At the time she worked at a bank, filling in for him at the branch he used to work at while he was at boot camp. She considers herself "statistically challenged". "Dating your high school sweetheart, who was also your only boyfriend, who enlisted in the Army doesn't round up a lot of hope for success from skeptics, but I'm used to it by now."
During her husband's year-long deployment to Iraq Shawn wrote Volition and Severance and published them shortly after his safe return home. She is working on another book now that is in the editing stages and has many more ideas for future books so you'll be sure to see many more books with her name on them in the future!