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MindyI write stories and make pictures to blur that line between what’s real and make-believe. It is a place where magic lives, found in everyday life. My favorite stories are fairy tales that help us remember that “anything is possible and we are on this earth to take part in adventure.”

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” -Roald Dahl

 

I grew up in rural Pennsylvania, among steel towns with river valleys and rolling hills. Free to roam in the woods, we looked for adventure outside in the woods. Inside we read books and colored with crayons. Reading inspired me to write down my own stories. I began with comic strips and it is still one of my favorite things to do. Most of the comic strips back then were about funny things that happened, like when we saw a water moccasin at the edge of the pond and had to go around it by crossing the pond in a make shift boat made of two car hoods welded together. We almost sank!

My very first job was photo re-touching. After art school I worked as a package designer, then became a furniture maker, forest service ranger, art supply sales clerk, visiting artist, official band mom and bass player for our bluegrass band, freelance illustrator, mom and pop signmaker/t-shirt shop/gallery, graphic designer, and illustrator and author of children’s books.

I’m also a freelance illustrator. You can reach me at mindy@mindydwyer.com

Our family has lived in beautiful places of mountains, rivers, oceans and wilderness that inspired many stories. We raised three kids, ran away with the circus, and built a cedar gingerbread house in the Pacific Northwest, where I call home.

 

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