Mindy I write stories and make pictures to blur the 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, 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 early comic strips were about funny things that happened, like the time we saw a water moccasin at the edge of the pond. We went around the big snake by crossing the pond in a make shift boat made of two car hoods welded together, and 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 home in the Pacific Northwest.


2 Responses to about

  1. Haylie Mabe says:

    Hello! My name is Haylie Mabe and I am the cultural specialist at the Suquamish Early Learning center here in Washington State. I have been looking at your books and I am amazed by all of them. our center has a copy of the Salmon Princess and I read it to the kids and it has inspired me to look at your other books. I love how you bring so much culture into your books. I was wondering how we could go about ordering some books from you? thank you so much for your time

    • mindy says:

      Hi Haylie,
      I am so happy that you like The Salmon Princess! The easiest way to order books is to follow the links in the book section of my website, or visit my Author page on Amazon.
      Thank you for writing.
      Mindy Dwyer

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