Ray Ballantyne

Ray Ballantyne lives in Salem, Oregon, which is about an hour from the Oregon Coast, about an hour from the mountains, and about an hour from the city of Portland, depending on which direction you go.  Best of all, he is about an hour from his beloved grandchildren.

Ray was born in Portland, Oregon.  He spent his childhood there, in Yakima and Seattle, Washington, and in Eugene, Oregon.

Ray has been an elementary teacher, where he taught mostly in first grade and second grade, although he landed in every grade at one time or another.  He has taught near Portland, in Monmouth, Oregon and in Salem.  His favorite part of teaching was reading to his classes and telling them stories, for early on he developed a lifelong love of children’s literature.  He has taught many workshops for teachers over the years, including classes about picture books, storytelling and teaching writing to children.

He began writing seriously while still teaching, and is now able to divide his time between his two other loves: writing and storytelling.

Right up there with writing is reading, and Ray has been a life-long reader and a collector of books.  Besides children’s book, he enjoys reading fantasy, science fiction, and historical novels.

Along with writing, he performs regularly as a professional storyteller.  He always told stories to his classes, so it was a natural step to doing it professionally.  He has offered his tales in venues throughout the Pacific Northwest, including schools, libraries, churches and camps.  He has been a featured storyteller at Stories by the Sea Storytelling Festival at the Oregon Coast and the Tcha Tee Man Wi Storytelling Festival in the Albany/Corvallis area of Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

He has also conducted a number of Artist-in-Residence programs, where he has combined folk tales, storytelling and creative writing.

His first middle-grade novel, The Last Child of Hamlin, will be published by Spencer Hill Press in 2014.

His five children are adults now, so Ray lives with his wife, Louise, and a sixteen-pound Shih Tzu “guard dog” named Sadie.   Their house is about 90 years old and full of lovely touches, such as stained-glass windows, glass doorknobs and a front porch large enough to sit and write.  Best of all, Ray has a study where he can work on his novels, surrounded by pictures of his grandchildren and his many books. 

Ray can be contacted at ballantale@aol.com or by way of Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/ray.ballantyne.96?sk.



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