Richard Russell Riordan, Jr.
June 5, 1964
San Antonio, Texas
Fantasy, Detective fiction, Mythology
series, Percy Jackson and the Olympians , The Kane Chronicles , The Heroes of Olympus , Tres Navarre Series The Maze of Bones
Richard Russell "Rick" Riordan, Jr. ( ; born June 5, 1964) / / is an American author best known for writing the [1 ] series. He also wrote the adult mystery series Percy Jackson & the Olympians Tres Navarre and helped edit [2 ] , a collection of essays on his Percy Jackson series. He helped develop the ten books of Demigods and Monsters series and wrote the first book in the series, The 39 Clues . The Maze of Bones In 2012, he completed a trilogy focusing on [3 ] Egyptian mythology, , and, in 2014, completed The Kane Chronicles , the The Heroes of Olympus sequel to the Percy Jackson series that focuses on Roman and Greek mythology. He is also planning to write a series based on Norse mythology. [4 ]
Life and career
Riordan was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, graduating from
Alamo Heights High School. He then graduated from the University of Texas. He taught English and Social Studies for eight years at Presidio High School in San Francisco.
Riordan has created several successful book series. The multi-award-winning
Tres Navarre mystery series for adults follows the fast-paced adventures of an erudite Texan private eye. His [5 ] Percy Jackson and the Olympians series features a 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 February 12, 2010. Following the success of Percy Jackson, Riordan created The Kane Chronicles, which features a modern-day Egyptian pantheon and two new sibling protagonists. Its first book, , was released May 4, 2010; the sequel, The Red Pyramid , was released May 3, 2011. The Throne Of Fire The third and final book in the Kane Chronicles, [6 ] , was released May 1, 2012. Riordan also created a sequel series to the Percy Jackson books, The Serpent's Shadow The Heroes of Olympus. Its first book, , was released in the U.S. October 12, 2010; the sequel, The Lost Hero , was released October 4, 2011, the third book in the series, The Son of Neptune , was released October 2, 2012, the fourth book 'The House of Hades' was released on October 8, 2013, and the fifth book, The Mark of Athena The Blood of Olympus will be released Fall 2014. Riordan expanded both series simultaneously; while he has completed The Kane Chronicles trilogy, he continues to write The Heroes of Olympus, a pentalogy. Riordan also helped create the children's book series The 39 Clues; he authored several of its books, including , which topped the The Maze of Bones New York Times Best Seller list on September 28, 2008. Riordan plans to publish another series based on [7 ] Norse mythology in 2015. He later revealed that the series will be set in Boston, Massachusetts, and that there would be the concept of demigods. [8 ] [9 ]
San Diego Comic-Con International 2010 featured Riordan as a guest. Riordan lives in Boston with his wife, Becky, and their two sons Patrick and Haley, who inspired his Percy Jackson series, as a bedtime story. [10 ] [8 ] [11 ]
Percy Jackson & the Olympians
(2005) The Lightning Thief
(2006) The Sea of Monsters
(2007) The Titan's Curse
(2008) The Battle of the Labyrinth
(2009) The Last Olympian
The Heroes of Olympus
(2010) The Lost Hero
(2011) The Son of Neptune
(2012) The Mark of Athena
(2013) The House of Hades
(2014) The Blood of Olympus
The Lightning Thief Graphic Novel (2010)
The Sea of Monsters Graphic Novel (2013)
The Titan's Curse Graphic Novel (2013)
(2009) The Demigod Files
(2012) The Demigod Diaries
Percy Jackson’s Book of Greek Gods (2014)
The Kane Chronicles
(2010) The Red Pyramid
(2011) The Throne of Fire
(2012) The Serpent's Shadow
The Kane Chronicles Survival Guide (2012)
The Red Pyramid Graphic Novel (2012)
The 39 Clues series
The 39 Clues
(2008) The Maze of Bones
Introduction to The 39 Clues: The Black Book of Buried Secrets (2010)
(2011) Vespers Rising
(1997) Big Red Tequila
The Widower's Two-Step (1998)
The Last King of Texas (2001)
The Devil Went Down to Austin (2002)
Mission Road (2005)
Rebel Island (2008)
Stand alone novels
Cold Springs (2004)
(2013) The Son of Sobek
(2014) The Staff of Serapis
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard
The Sword of Summer (2015) [12 ]
^ "Rick Riordan ID Card". Puffin Books . Retrieved April 13, 2012.
^ "About the Author". powells.com . Retrieved November 12, 2009.
^ Italie, Hillel (September 1, 2008). ". 'Potter' publisher looks to promote next big thing" Fox News Channel . Retrieved April 26, 2009.
^ Springen, Karen (May 31, 2012). "Rick Riordan Makes His 'Mark. '" Publishers Weekly . Retrieved June 3, 2012. "a cruise to the Baltic and Scandinavian countries last summer provided fodder for Riordan’s upcoming Norse series"
^ a b "Big Red Tequila". Powells Bookstore . Retrieved April 26, 2009.
^ Minzesheimer, Bob; Craig Wilson (January 13, 2011). "Book Buzz: Riordan's 'Fire' ignites May 3 and a big week for e-books". USA Today . Retrieved January 22, 2012.
^ "Children's Books". The New York Times. September 28, 2008 . Retrieved April 26, 2009.
^ a b Riordan, Rick (January 26, 2014). "Mystery man". Boston Globe . Retrieved February 21, 2014.
^ Riordan, Rick. "Frequently Asked Questions". The Online World of Rick Riordan . Retrieved June 3, 2012. "The Norse series is tentatively slated to start in 2015."
^ "SD Comic-Con '10 - Schedule for Sunday (7/25)". Dread Central. July 11, 2010 . Retrieved May 3, 2012.
^ Williams, Sally (February 8, 2010). "Percy Jackson: My boy's own adventure". The Guardian . Retrieved January 3, 2014.
^ Rought, Karen; Brandi Delhagen (reviewer) (October 14, 2013). "Rick Riordan talks about upcoming projects during ‘House of Hades’ book tour". Hypable - For fans, By Fans . Retrieved October 25, 2013.
^ "Edgar Allan Poe Awards". book.consumerhelpweb.com . Retrieved April 26, 2009.
^ a b "Mark Twain Award Previous Winners". Missouri Association of School Librarians . Retrieved January 21, 2012.
^ Riordan, Rick. "2009 Rebecca Caudill Award - Acceptance Letter from Rick Riordan". Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award . Retrieved January 21, 2012.
^ Jones, Trevelyn; Luann Toth; Marlene Charnizon; Daryl Grabarek; Joy Fleishhacker (December 1, 2010). "Best Books 2010". School Library Journal. Archived from the original on January 1, 2011 . Retrieved January 22, 2012.
^ a b "Children's Choice Book Awards Winners Announced!". Children’s Book Council. May 3, 2011. Archived from the original on September 29, 2011 . Retrieved October 19, 2012.
^ "Soaring Eagle Book Award - Nominated Authors 1986 - 2014 Nominees" (PDF). Campbell County Public Library System. p. 5 . Retrieved February 21, 2014.
^ "Previous Winners". The Milner Award . Retrieved June 4, 2012.
^ "Indian Paintbrush Book Award by Author Name 1986 - 2014 Nominees" (PDF). Campbell County Public Library System. p. 8 . Retrieved February 21, 2014.
Art at Our Doorstep: San Antonio Writers and Artists featuring Riordan. Edited by Nan Cuba and Riley Robinson ( Trinity University Press, 2008).