Gwenyth Swain

Gwenyth Swain is the author of more than two dozen books for young readers. A two-time winner of a Minnesota Book Award for children’s nonfiction, she loves history and historical fiction. Ms. Swain runs the middle school and high school libraries at Twin Cities Academy in St. Paul. Formerly, she was a costumed history player at historic Fort Snelling, a soda jerk, and a bookstore clerk.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

Emma Tupper’s Diary by Peter Dickinson

What’s your favorite line from a book?

“I don’t care!” from Pierre: A Cautionary Tale by Maurice Sendak

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

I love mysteries by Josephine Tey; The Children of Green Knowe by Lucy Boston; and Lyddie by Katherine Paterson

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

It’s the best job there is. You get to make stuff up.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

One word: READ.