"I come to writing the same way i come to teaching, which is that my goal is always to create life-long readers."
Richard Russell “Rick” Riordan, Jr. (born June 5, 1964) is an American author.He is known for writing the PercyJackson & the Olympians series, which is about a twelve-year-old boy who discovers he is a son of Poseidon. His books have been translated into 42 languages and sold more than 30 million copies in the US.Twentieth Century Fox has adapted the first two books of his Percy Jackson series as part of a series of films. His books have spawned related media, such as graphic novels and short story collections.
Riordan’s first full-length novel was Big Red Tequila, which became the first in a series, the Tres Navarre series. His big breakthrough was The Lightning Thief (2005), the first novel in the five-volume Percy Jackson series, which placed a group of adolescents in a Greco-Roman mythological setting. Since then, Riordan has written The Kane Chronicles trilogy and The Heroes of Olympus series. The Kane Chronicles (2010-2012) focused on Egyptian mythology; The Heroes of Olympus was the sequel to the Percy Jackson series. Riordan also helped Scholastic Press develop The 39 Clues series and its spinoffs, and penned its first book, The Maze of Bones (2008).His most recent publications are two books in the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series, based on Norse mythology.The first book of his The Trials of Apollo series based on Greek mythology, The Hidden Oracle, was released in May 2016.
Life and career
Riordan was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. He graduated from Alamo Heights High School, and first attended the music program at North Texas State, wanting to be a guitarist. He transferred to the University of Texas in Austin and studied English and History; he received his teaching certification in those subjects from the University of Texas in San Antonio. He taught English and Social Studies for eight years at Presidio Hill School in San Francisco.
Rick married Becky Riordan, originally from the East Coast, on June 5, 1985. Both had been born on June 5, she thirty minutes earlier.They moved from San Antonio to Boston in June 2013 when their two sons were of college and high school age, in conjunction with older son Patrick starting college in Boston.Haley Riordan inspired the Percy Jackson series as a bedtime story.
Riordan has created several successful book series. Tres Navarre, an adult mystery series about a Texan private eye, won the Shamus, Anthony, and Edgar Awards.
He conceived the idea for the Percy Jackson series as bedtime stories about ancient Greek heroes for his son Haley. Haley had been diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia, inspiring Riordan to make the titular protagonist ADHD/dyslexic. Riordan published the first novel in the series, The Lightning Thief in 2005. Four sequels followed, the last, The Last Olympian in 2009. Prior to Percy Jackson, Riordan had written the Tres Navarres series, a series of mystery novels for adult readers.
His Percy Jackson and the Olympians series features the titular twelve-year-old who discovers he is the modern-day son of the ancient Greek god Poseidon. Twentieth Century Fox purchased the film rights and released a feature film in 2010. Following the success of Percy Jackson, Riordan created The Kane Chronicles, which features a modern-day Egyptian pantheon and two new sibling protagonists, Sadie and Carter Kane.Riordan also created a sequel series to Percy Jackson, The Heroes of Olympus.Riordan also helped create the children’s book series The 39 Clues; he authored several of its books, including The Maze of Bones, which topped The New York Times Best Seller list on September 28, 2008.He also wrote the introduction to the Puffin Classics edition of Roger Lancelyn Green’s Tales of the Greek Heroes, in which he states that the book influenced him to write his Greek mythology series.
- 1998 Shamus Award for Best First PI Novel and Anthony Award for Best Paperback Original for Big Red Tequila
- 1999 Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original for The Widower’s Two-Step
- 2008 Mark Twain Award for The Lightning Thief
- 2009 Mark Twain Award for The Sea of Monsters
- 2009 Rebecca Caudill Award for The Lightning Thief
- 2010 School Library Journal’s Best Book for The Red Pyramid
- 2011 Children’s Choice Book Awards: Author of the Year
- 2011 Children’s Choice Book Awards: Fifth Grade to Sixth Grade Book of the Year for The Red Pyramid
- 2011 Wyoming Soaring Eagle Book Award for The Last Olympian
- 2011 Milner Award for Percy Jackson and the Olympians series
- 2012 Indian Paintbrush Award for The Red Pyramid
- 2013 Best Fiction Book for Children in Bulgaria for The Mark of Athena