J. RUTLAND was born and raised in a family full of preachers and storytellers in the deep south—Alabama and North Carolina, to be precise. His full name is Jarrett Rutland, but he chose J. Rutland for his pen name so that the focus would be on his last name, in honor of all the tremendous Rutland role models in his upbringing. J. Rutland’s favorite hobby as a child was writing and illustrating his own stories. After attending art school at Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore, he landed his first picture-book deal illustrating Alligator Wedding by Nancy Jewell (Holt). Jarrett is also the author-illustrator of Prince Chirpio (Thomas Nelson), which is a retelling of the Prodigal Son story. He lives with his wife, Natalie, in Asheville, North Carolina.
J. Rutland is represented by Rachel Orr. Please contact Rachel at rko(a)prospectagency.com for more information.
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