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Rick Riordan (Richard Russell "Rick" Riordan, Jr.)


Rick Riordan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the Kane Chronicles, and the Heroes of Olympus. He is also the author of the multi-award-winning Tres Navarre mystery series for adults.


For fifteen years, Rick taught English and history at public and private middle schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Texas. In 2002, Saint Mary's Hall honored him with the school's first Master Teacher Award.

While teaching full time, Riordan began writing mystery novels for grownups. His Tres Navarre series went on to win the top three national awards in the mystery genre - the Edgar, the Anthony and the Shamus. Riordan turned to children's fiction when he started The Lightning Thief as a bedtime story for his oldest son.

Today over 35 million copies of his Percy Jackson, Kane Chronicles, and Heroes of Olympus books are in print in the United States, and rights have been sold into more than 35 countries. Rick is also the author of The 39 Clues: The Maze of Bones, another #1 New York Times bestseller.

Rick Riordan now writes full-time. He lives in Boston with his wife and two sons.


Attended Alamo Heights High School, San Antonio. Worked as an editor for the school newspaper and won third place in state for UIL feature writing. Began college at North Texas State but later transferred to the University of Texas at Austin. Got a double major in English and history. Got certified to teach English and taught students in the San Antonio Independent School District.


At college worked for three years as the music director at a summer camp (Camp Capers). There he got the idea for Camp Half-Blood. The first full-time job was teaching middle school in New Braunfels, Texas. After that he taught at Presidio Hill School. Later moved back home to San Antonio and began to teach at Saint Mary’s Hall (English and social studies for grades 6-8) for six years, then stopped teaching to become a full-time writer.


  • 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. 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". He also created a sequel series to Percy Jackson, "The Heroes of Olympus". 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 doesn’t seem to want to talk about his own religious beliefs. Maybe that’s because he’s not religious, or maybe he’s an atheist, and he doesn’t want to stir any controversy with Christians over his books, which are based in various ancient mythologies. He distances himself from Christianity by saying that “we tend to believe” in it. He also makes a point to distinguish the old mythologies as simply myths, as opposed to modern religion.


  • Writers

    J.R.R. Tolkien

  • Other Interests

    swimming, playing guitar, travelling, online games


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.