C. Lee Ryder was born and raised in rural southcentral Pennsylvania next to the Tuscarora State Forest in the Ridge and Valley region of the Appalachian Mountain chain. She spent seasons exploring the mountainsides, valley, and banks of the West Branch of the Conococheague Creek that wends its way many miles to the Potomac River. She loved art class, played on the basketball team, graduated from Fannett-Metal High School in Franklin County, Pennsylvania in 1978, and was later inducted into the Fannett-Metal Hall of Fame.
Ryder attended Athens State College in Huntsville, Alabama, studied Computer Graphics, Art, and Religion with a concentration in Jewish History and the Old Testament. She earned Collegiate Awards and Academic Scholarships, became a Phi Theta Kappa colleague, and graduated Summa Cum Laude. She was a recipient of the 1998 Tennessee Valley Advertising Federation Addy Award. Ryder’s employment spans the Pennsylvania Game Commission, State Police, Labor and Industry, and currently the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.
Ryder’s first book Black Clover is about the heart-wrenching murder of her brother in August of 2006 and the ensuing murder case. Disinterest from state and county officials caused her and her family great anguish that the killer may go unpunished. This book grew from her unstoppable determination to expose the truth and to wring a personal measure of justice from the ordeal her brother and family suffered at the hands of the killer and judicial system. Learn more at cleeryder.com.