Riordan signing copies of The Battle of the Labyrinth November 3, 2008
|Born||Richard Russell Riordan, Jr.
June 5, 1964
San Antonio, Texas
|Genres||Fantasy, Detective fiction, Mythology|
|Notable work(s)||Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, The Kane Chronicles, Heroes of Olympus, The Maze of Bones, Tres Navarre Series|
Richard Russell "Rick" Riordan, Jr. (//; born June 5, 1964) is an American author best known for writing the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series. He also wrote the adult mystery series Tres Navarre and helped edit Demigods and Monsters, a collection of essays on his Percy Jackson series. He helped develop the ten books of The 39 Clues series and wrote the first book in the series, The Maze of Bones. In 2012, he completed a trilogy focusing on Egyptian mythology, The Kane Chronicles, and has published four out of five planned books of The Heroes of Olympus series, the 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.
- 1 Life and career
- 2 Bibliography
- 3 Awards
- 4 References
- 5 Further reading
- 6 External links
Life and career
Riordan was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, graduating from Alamo Heights High School. He then graduated from 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 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, Rick Riordan created The Kane Chronicles, which features a modern-day Egyptian pantheon and two new sibling protagonists. Its first book, The Red Pyramid, was released May 4, 2010; the sequel, The Throne Of Fire, was released May 3, 2011. The third and final book in the Kane Chronicles, The Serpent's Shadow, was released May 1, 2012. Riordan also created a sequel series to the Percy Jackson books, The Heroes of Olympus. Its first book, The Lost Hero, was released in the U.S. October 12, 2010; the sequel, The Son of Neptune, was released October 4, 2011, the third book in the series, The Mark of Athena, was released October 2, 2012, the fourth book 'The House of Hades' was released on October 8, 2013, and the fifth book, 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 The Maze of Bones, which topped the New York Times Best Seller list on September 28, 2008. Riordan plans to publish another series based on Norse mythology in 2015.
The San Diego Comic-Con International 2010 featured Riordan as a guest. Rick Riordan lives in Boston, Massachusetts with his wife and their two sons Patrick and Haley, who inspired his Percy Jackson series.
Percy Jackson & the Olympians
- The Lightning Thief (July 1, 2005)
- The Sea of Monsters (April 1, 2006)
- The Titan's Curse (May 11, 2007)
- The Battle of the Labyrinth (May 6, 2008)
- The Last Olympian (May 5, 2009)
The Heroes of Olympus
- The Lost Hero (October 12, 2010)
- The Son of Neptune (October 4, 2011)
- The Mark of Athena (October 2, 2012)
- The House of Hades (October 8, 2013)
- The Blood of Olympus (Fall 2014)
Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Graphic Novels
- The Lightning Thief Graphic Novel (October 12, 2010)
- The Sea of Monsters Graphic Novel (July 2, 2013)
- The Demigod Files (February 10, 2009)
- The Demigod Diaries (August 14, 2012)
- Percy Jackson’s Book of Greek Gods (August 2014)
The Kane Chronicles
- The Red Pyramid (May 4, 2010)
- The Throne of Fire (May 9, 2011)
- The Serpent's Shadow (1st May, 2012)
- The Kane Chronicles Survival Guide (2012)
- The Red Pyramid Graphic Novel (2012)
The 39 Clues series
- The Maze of Bones (September 9, 2008)
- Introduction to The 39 Clues: The Black Book of Buried Secrets (October 26, 2010)
- Vespers Rising (April 5, 2011)
- Big Red Tequila (June 2, 1997)
- The Widower's Two-Step (May 4, 1998)
- The Last King of Texas (April 3, 2001)
- The Devil Went Down to Austin (June 25, 2002)
- Southtown (December 28, 2004)
- Mission Road (June 28, 2005)
- Rebel Island (September 30, 2008)
Stand alone novels
- Cold Springs (2004)
- Son of Sobek (2013)-mini novel crossing over the Percy Jackson series and Kane Chronicles
- Sequel to Son of Sobek
Untitled Norse series
- Book 1 (2015)
- 1998 Shamus Award and Anthony Award 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
- "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"
- "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.
- 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.
- "Update from Athena House". Blogspot. Retrieved June 16, 2013.
- 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.
- "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. Retrieved January 22, 2012.
- "Children's Choice Book Awards Winners Announced!". Children’s Book Council. May 3, 2011. Retrieved October 19, 2012.
- "Soaring Eagle Award Committee". Wyoming Library Association. Retrieved April 5, 2012.
- "Previous Winners". The Milner Award. Retrieved June 4, 2012.
- "Indian Paintbrush Committee". Wyoming Library Association. Retrieved March 28, 2013. "2012 Winner The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan"
- Art at Our Doorstep: San Antonio Writers and Artists featuring Rick Riordan. Edited by Nan Cuba and Riley Robinson (Trinity University Press, 2008).
- Official Rick Riordan Site
- Official Percy Jackson UK Site
- Miss Erin interview
- Starred Review of The Last Olympian
- Works by or about Rick Riordan in libraries (WorldCat catalog)