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.

“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
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.” I grew up in a rural Pennsylvania steel town on a river. We were free to roam in the wooded hills always looking for adventure. 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. The early comic strips illustrated the 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.

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.

“Dwyer has magic, and she wants to share it with the rest of us. Take her up on her offer. Neither you nor your children will ever forget the result.” –-Statesman Journal (Salem, Oregon) “…just perfect illustrations…” –Children’s Book Council “…a refreshing breath of air from the far north…” –Kirkus Reviews “Repeated patterns form a kind of folklore print… recurring themes create a strongly unified visual impression.” –Publisher’s Weekly “Dwyer’s use of strong contrasting colors brings a fresh, modern sensibility to this tale…” –Publisher’s Weekly

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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