Dagny McKinley | About
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Get to Know Me


About the Illustrator

Ostap Stetsiv has ten years of experience as an advertising designer where he focused on packaging, web design, illustrations, 3d design, branding and print. He has also worked as an illustrator for children’s topics in magazines and children’s magazines. He has created emblems (heraldry) and studied art in college and at an art academy. Stetsiv now works mostly as a microstock illustrator. His work can be viewed at Shutterstock, iStockphoto, Fotolia, 123RF, Flickr.com, Dreamstime.com, Veer.com
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About the Author

Throughout my life I have written as a way of expressing feelings and thoughts that I cannot put into spoken words. There are stories that live inside of me and writing is my way of sharing the beauty and experiences I have been fortunate enough to encounter in my life.

Children’s Books

McKinley is also the author of Wild Hearts: Dog Sledding the Rockies, a picture book that tells the story of the daily lives of sled dogs.


The Springs of Steamboat explores the history of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Lessons My Mother Taught Me: the good, the bad and the questionable is an illustrated book about growing up.


Inspired by her adventures outdoors, McKinley has set out to capture the places that have shaped her.


Editorial services, photography services and Content Development are available.


Dagny McKinley has lived many places, but found a home in the expansive granite landscape of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. She is as comfortable in the city as she is in the wilderness, but prefers the challenges of big mountains and surviving outdoors. McKinley stays current on environmental issues, women’s issues and is an avid animal rights supporter. She believes all lives are interconnected and each person, landscape and insect has something to offer and teach. Writing has been a part of McKinley’s life since she was a small child. She found healing through writing and nature and continues immerse herself in those passions today.


-Naropa UniversityMFA in Creative Writing
-University of Western Ontario – BA English
-UCLAJournalism Classes

-Author of The Springs of Steamboat: Healing Waters, Mysterious Cave and Sparkling Soda.
-Author of Wild Hearts: Dog Sledding the Rockies – written while working as a dog sled tour guide for three years.
-Published in Modern Dog, Ocean Magazine, The Steamboat Pilot & Today, The Denver Post, Aspen Times, Cliterature Journal, Subway Chronicles, Now: Embracing the Present Moment, Di  Algo Para Romper Este Silencio, Banshee Studios
-Contributor to Mountain House & Home, Steamboat Magazine, Homelink, DCD Home
Author of The Wandering Rose, a continuously running column for the past seven years in The Local & The Valley Voice.
-Stage productions of work includes Pray produced by Stories on Stage in conjunction with the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and Eccentricities of a Butterfly produced by The Great American Laughingstock Company

SEO & Content Development
-Northwest Colorado Cultural Heritage Program
-Steamboat Springs Arts Council
-Villa Siena
-Powder Pursuits
-San Diego Home Inspector & Inspection
-Steamboat Advocates

-Frontier Magazine
-Associated Press
-Modern Dog
-Ocean Magazine
-The Springs of Steamboat
-Wild Hearts: Dog Sledding the Rockies
-Undiscovered Earth

-Booktrails: Combining reading, writing and the environment.
-Bud Werner Memorial Library: Creative writing.
-Steamboat Springs Arts Council: Creative Writing – Writing Your Environment
-Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory – Creative Writing

-NPR’s Dog Talk
-TV18 Steamboat
-WinterX Games -Radio Interview
-Teva Mountain Games – Television Interview
-BlogTalk Radio: Conscious Discussions
-Denver University
-Elementary schools throughout Colorado, Texas and Virginia to promote the book Wild Hearts: Dog Sledding the Rockies.
-Bookworm of Edwards
-Off the Beaten Path Bookstore Steamboat Springs
-Tread of Pioneers Museum
-Bud Werner Memorial Library
-The Next Page Bookstore

-Sun Valley Center for the Arts
-Wood River Animal Shelter
-Kim Keith Photography
-Yosemite National Park