ABOUT J. E. RYDER

  • J.E. Ryder…


    That moment…

    I worked as an elementary school librarian, it was a fluke that I was hired.  The job originally went to a woman with 2 master’s degrees.  She lasted 2 weeks realizing that “kids” weren’t her thing.  Therefore, the job went to me, I had never worked in a library before.  I loved working with children and I loved education, but I had no idea what to do.  I started shelving books.  I’ll never forget that moment.  I glanced quickly at the author’s name, filed the book in its correct spot on the shelf, then another, and another…then something caught my eye.  It was an illustration.  I had to get these books shelved in a timely manner…but, I couldn’t resist the urge to turn the page.  I opened it and before me was a world of beautiful art and words. The artwork was magical and sophisticated!  Words danced and spun around the art to create a fully encompassing experience.  At that moment, I knew I had found a place for my wandering soul to land.  I knew I would be an author/illustrator. 

    The journey…

    Like most journeys the path was not straight nor easy.  Like many artists I clouded myself in doubt as to whether I could make it as an artist.  I did everything else but my dream.  I graduated with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Org. Management from the University of Colorado.  I completed a Master’s degree in IT and Project Management. I worked as a realtor, and a project manager.  My husband and I raised 3 incredible boys to men during those years.  I constantly engaged in art.  I took art classes, writing classes, developed mentoring relationships with artists, and I joined the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).  My artistic skills literally developed over a lifetime.  


    These days writing and illustrating provides me enormous pleasure in the pursuit of worlds and stories yet to be discovered.  It’s elusive to describe what exactly fuels the desire and satisfaction gained from such pursuits.  In those moments of creation, I can be the kid again, but with the wisdom I’ve brought along the way.


    J. E. Ryder

ARTIST STATEMENT

  • My work is for the love of children, the love of creating, and the love of chasing rainbows and butterflies.

    -J. E. Ryder

    Awards and Honors:

    2018 RMC-SCBWI Calendar, selected for the month of June.

    2017 Recipient of the Writing Rooster’s Scholarship, for the Michelle Begley Mentorship program.

    2017 RMC-SCBWI- Calendar, selected for the month of June.