Swanson is an award winning published author, poet, screenwriter, and playwright.
Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on October 17, 1942, Dale moved with his family to the Village of Island Park in 1945. He attended Mound schools through graduation in 1960 and went directly into the Navy at age 17 where he served his country until honorably discharged. Married since 1965, he has two children and four granddaughters. Swanson has called Prior Lake, a small rural town southwest of the Twin Cities, his home for the past thirty-eight years.
In addition to his writing, Swanson is a frequent guest speaker at history centers, libraries, schools, senior centers, book clubs, and a host of other venues.
His most recent historical novel, Tears of Sorrow, was released in June 2018. Swanson's previous historical novel and prequel to Tears of Sorrow, The Thirty-Ninth Man, was published by North Star Press and was listed by the Star Tribune Readers Survey as a “Best Book Read” in 2013. His fantasy chapter book, The Wild Ways–Mystery of the Hanging Tower, for nine to ninety-year-old readers was published in 2015.
Additionally, Swanson has been a contributing writer to magazines and various publications. His poetry was included in two annual stage productions by the Bloomington Arts Council, at the Black Box Theater, in Bloomington, Minnesota, and two of his radio drama/comedies were recorded at the Lakes Area Theater, in Alexandria, Minnesota, and broadcast state-wide. An avid outdoorsman and adventurer, his favorite pastimes involve hunting, camping, canoeing, and travel. Dale is the holder of three U.S. patents aligned with his passion for archery.