Mindy Dwyer says, “fairy tales remind us that anything is possible and we are on this earth to take part in adventure.” Growing up in a rural Pennsylvania river town, she roamed the wooded hills looking for adventure. She also loved to read and color, and her earliest comic strips illustrated antics with praying mantis, water moccasins, waterfalls and fishing.

Mindy’s first job was in photo re-touching. After art school she worked as a package designer, furniture maker, forest service ranger, sign maker/t-shirt printer. When she became a mom she painted, worked as an art supply clerk, visiting artist, official band mom and bass player for a bluegrass family band, freelance illustrator, graphic designer, and illustrator and author of children’s books.

“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

Dwyer has magic and wants to share it. Her repeated patterns in a folkloric print are a refreshing breath of air, wth reoccurring themes that create a unified visual. Her strong use of color brings a fresh modern sensibility to her illustrations.

4 Replies 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

    1. 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

  2. Johanna says:

    Hello! I love the Salmon Princess and bought one of the art prints from it a long time ago in Sitka. Is it still possible to purchase prints from the book? I have mine hanging on the wall in my house and I love it. thanks!

    1. mindy says:

      Hello Johanna, I am so glad you love your Salmon Princess print. The Sitka gallery did a beautiful job on those, but unfortunately there are none left in the edition. Thanks for writing!


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