About Me

Hey there, I’m Merie! I’m the girl who’s behind this blog and all its wonders.

First and foremost, I’m a Christian, which means my best friend is my Creator, Savior, and King. Every artist knows that art is about self-expression; that’s why I strive to glorify God through not only my own life but also art. And that’s why I’m always a happy camper! Or at least, I strive to be. It is a well-known truth that INFJs are rarely able to keep up the happy vibes every second of every day.

I’m Chinese-Korean– not half Chinese or half Korean, just 100% Chinese and 100% Korean. I’ve lived in Dallas, Texas; Nanjing and Beijing, China; and now I’m in Shanghai! I love studying the differences between various cultures all around the world– but what I love even more than that is finding the similarities! I believe that understanding other people, no matter how near or far they are from you, is something everyone should take part in. Even through fiction.

My name, by the way, because I’m sure you’re wondering, is pronounced “Mary,” not “Marie.”

I’m a reader, writer, artist, and dreamer… both by day and night. These days, I’m living my life as your average cross-cultural-daughter-of-a-pastor-and-a-missionary high school student.

I’ve been writing since I was inspired by Shannon Hale’s spellbinding Ever After High trilogy when I was eight (I know, I know; pretty late for an aspiring author). I also draw, which I’ve been doing since I could hold a pencil! My goal in all arts is to, preachy as it may sound, glorify Jesus ❤ I want to work in ministry someday, and I’d love to be a counselor!

My favorite books include (in no particular order):

  • the Redwall Saga by Brian Jacques
  • the Ever After High trilogy by Shannon Hale
  • The Silence of Bones by June Hur
  • the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
  • Romanov by Nadine Brandes
  • the Whitewashed trilogy by Adelaide Thorne
  • Blank Mastermind by Rosey Mucklestone
  • the Foxcraft trilogy by Inbali Iserles
  • The Four Kingdoms and Beyond the Four Kingdoms series by Melanie Cellier
  • the Mission League series by Jill Williamson
  • Moonscript by H.S.J. Williams
  • the Feud trilogy by Kyle Prue
  • The Princess Spy and The Noble Servant by Melanie Dickerson
  • The Enchanted Sonata by Heather Dixon Wallwork
  • Yeah I have a lot of favorite books

Some of my unusual side hobbies include gemology and fairytales– both of which I talk about a lot. I love to travel and see the world, though I’m afraid I haven’t seen much yet… Oh, and also, I LOVE FOOD. Chinese, Korean, American, Italian, and all the others– food is amazing.

I’d be remiss not to mention music, but everyone loves music.

Here at Imperial Scribis, I’ll post about near anything– my ponderous reflections on life, worldbuilding roasts with Varice Maverich (you don’t need to understand what that means), all the books, the occasional cryptic writing update, and everything in between! If you’re ready, then buckle in, ’cause you’re in for a wiiiiiiiiild ride!

Always be a happy camper!

~ Merie Shen