Rick Riordan (June 05, 1964 - ..)
Born: 5th June, 1964
Nationality: American
Profession/Occupation: Author
Region: San Antonio, Texas, "The Trials of Apollo"

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Rick Riordan, in full Richard Russell Riordan, Jr., (born June 5, 1964, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.), American author and teacher who was perhaps best known for his hugely popular Percy Jackson and the Olympians book series, which blends Greek mythology with modern-day characters and settings.

Riordan attended North Texas State University (now University of North Texas) in Denton before transferring to the University of Texas at Austin, from which he graduated with bachelor's degrees in history and English. He then received his teacher's certification from the University of Texas at San Antonio. After teaching middle school in Texas and California for about 15 years, Riordan quit to dedicate himself to writing full-time.

Riordan began his professional writing career with a mystery series centring on private investigator Jackson ("Tres") Navarre. The first book, Big Red Tequila, was published in 1997, and the seventh and final installment, Rebel Island, appeared in 2007.

He began writing for young adults after his son asked him to tell bedtime stories involving Greek gods. Once he related all the myths he knew, Riordan began making up stories, and the idea for Percy Jackson was created. Percy is a 12-year-old boy with both attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and dyslexia, and he embarks on various adventures after learning that he is a demigod. The five-book series included The Lightning Thief (2005; film 2010), The Sea of Monsters (2006; film 2013), The Titan's Curse (2007), The Battle of the Labyrinth (2008), and The Last Olympian (2009).

Continuing to explore mythology, Riordan wrote the Heroes of Olympus series. Although it features a new set of main characters, individuals from the Percy Jackson series occasionally make appearances. The five books in the series were The Lost Hero (2010), The Son of Neptune (2011), The Mark of Athena (2012), The House of Hades (2013), and The Blood of Olympus (2014). A sequel series, The Trials of Apollo, began with The Hidden Oracle (2016) and continued with The Dark Prophecy (2017), The Burning Maze (2018), and The Tyrant's Tomb (2019).

During this time, Riordan also wrote the Kane Chronicles, a trilogy involving Egyptian mythology: The Red Pyramid (2010), The Throne of Fire (2011), and The Serpent's Shadow (2012). He then turned to Norse mythology with the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard trilogy: The Sword of Summer (2015), The Hammer of Thor (2016), and The Ship of the Dead (2017). In addition, he created the overall story line for the 39 Clues series, about two children who race around the world searching for hidden clues. The adventure series features books written by different authors--Riordan penned the first book, The Maze of Bones (2008), and cowrote the 11th installment, Vespers Rising (2011)--and includes additional cards and Internet gaming activities.

Top 73 Rick Riordan quotes

I have a great deal of sympathy for reluctant readers because I was one. I would do anything to avoid reading. In my case, it wasn't until I was 13 and discovered the 'Lord of the Rings' that I learned to love reading.
Anything
Avoid
Because
Case
Deal
Discovered
Great
Great deal
Learned
Lord
Lord of the rings
Love
Readers
Reading
We tend to think of divorced or complicated families as a modern invention, and that is not at all true. You only have to read the Greek myths to see broken homes, widows, divorce, stepchildren, children trying to get along with new parents.
Along
Broken
Children
Complicated
Divorce
Divorced
Families
Get
Greek
Homes
Invention
Modern
Myths
New
As a teacher, I've never seen anything like 'Harry Potter.' That's why I smart when people talk about the 'next' 'Harry Potter.' There is no 'next' 'Harry Potter.'
About
Anything
Harry
Harry potter
Like
Never
Next
People
Potter
Seen
Smart
Talk
Teacher
Why
There are days when I'll write for 15 minutes and have to give up and move around, and I'll write another paragraph and give up again. On other days I get intensely - focused on the process, sit down at 8 A.M. and won't get up until 8 P.M.
Again
Another
Around
Days
Down
Focused
Get
Give
Intensely
Minutes
Move
Other
Paragraph
Process
I think kids will read more good books than we can possibly produce.
Books
Good
I think
Kids
More
Possibly
Produce
Read
Than
Think
Will
For me, writing for kids is harder because they're a more discriminating audience. While adults might stay with you, if you lose your pacing or if you have pages of extraneous description, a kid's not going to do that. They will drop the book.
Adult
Audience
Because
Book
Description
Drop
Going
Harder
Kid
Kids
Lose
Me
Might
More
All of my characters tend to be montages of different people I've met: little bits and pieces of their personalities put together.
Bits
Bits and pieces
Characters
Different
Different people
Little
Met
People
Personalities
Pieces
Put
Tend
Together
I think that kids have a greater capacity for processing things than we give them credit for.
Capacity
Credit
Give
Greater
I think
Kids
Processing
Than
Them
Things
Think
'Harry Potter' opened so many doors for young adult literature. It really did convince the publishing industry that writing for children was a viable enterprise. And it also convinced a lot of people that kids will read if we give them books that they care about and love.
About
Adult
Also
Books
Care
Children
Convince
Convinced
Did
Doors
Enterprise
Give
Harry
Harry potter
Every child is different. I think it's important that we don't have maybe just one or two books that we're recommending to all children - but rather we cater the books to fit each individual child.
Books
Cater
Child
Children
Different
Each
Each individual
Every
Fit
I think
Important
Individual
Just
Just one
I think children love reading, and they will make time for it if we put the right books into their hands. And I hope I get the chance to keep being one of the people that writes them.
Being
Books
Chance
Children
Get
Hands
Hope
I think
Keep
Love
Make
People
Put
Reading
To a degree, the Greek and Roman mythological heroes are just the first superheroes. They appeal to children for much the same reason. These gods and heroes may have powers, but they get angry and they do the wrong thing. They are human too.
Angry
Appeal
Children
Degree
First
Get
Gods
Greek
Heroes
Human
Just
May
Much
Powers
I tend to think of a myth and then explore how it would play out if it were happening in the modern-day world. I modify all the myths I use, but I stick very closely to their structure - it is the hidden teacher in me.
Closely
Explore
Happening
Hidden
How
Me
Modern-day
Modify
Myth
Myths
Out
Play
Stick
Structure
No one spoke in terms of children's literature, as opposed to adult literature, until around the 1940s. It wasn't categorised much before then. Even Grimm's tales were written for adults. But it is true that ever since 'Harry Potter' there has been a renaissance in fantasy literature. J. K. Rowling opened the door again.
Adult
Again
Around
Been
Before
Children
Door
Even
Ever
Fantasy
Harry
Harry potter
Has-been
Literature
I don't teach anymore, but I can still clearly see fifth period after lunch - that's a real tough time to teach. And I tried to imagine writing a story that would appeal to those kids - even when they're tired, even when they're bouncing off the walls.
After
Anymore
Appeal
Bouncing
Clearly
Even
Fifth
I can
I tried
Imagine
Kids
Lunch
Off
Period
I think anytime you're writing to the middle grades, you're writing to young readers who are trapped in a number of ways between two worlds: between childhood and adulthood, between their friends and their parents.
Adulthood
Anytime
Between
Childhood
Friends
Grades
I think
Middle
Number
Parents
Readers
Think
Trapped
Two
You know, how much order is good? And when does order become too restrictive? Is a little bit of chaos okay, or is chaos always an evil force? I mean, these are questions that any kid who's ever been in a school cafeteria can relate to.
Always
Any
Become
Been
Bit
Chaos
Does
Ever
Evil
Force
Good
How
How much
Kid
Even if these stories are 3,000 years old, there's still so much about the characters, about the dilemmas, about their understanding of the universe that still resonates. The whole idea of order and chaos, which is really central to the ancient Egyptian understanding of the world, is still very much with us.
About
Ancient
Central
Chaos
Characters
Dilemmas
Egyptian
Even
Idea
Much
Old
Order
Really
Resonates
I have more ideas than I'll ever be able to write in five lifetimes.
Able
Ever
Five
Ideas
Lifetimes
More
Than
Write
The deeper I go into mythology, the more I find. I originally did five 'Percy Jackson' books. I thought that would cover Greek mythology and I couldn't have been more wrong. It's ever-expanding.
Been
Books
Cover
Deeper
Did
Find
Five
Go
Greek
Greek mythology
Jackson
More
Mythology
Originally
I love Norse mythology - Thor and Odin and Loki - amazing characters.
Amazing
Characters
I love
Love
Mythology
Thor
I come to writing the same way I come to teaching, which is that my goal is always to create life-long readers.
Always
Come
Create
Goal
Readers
Same
Teaching
Way
Which
Writing
I think the more you understand myths, the more you understand the roots of our culture and the more things will resonate. Do you have to know them? No, but certainly it is nice to recognise how deeply these things are embedded in our literature, our art.
Art
Certainly
Culture
Deeply
Embedded
How
I think
Know
Literature
More
Myths
Nice
Our
Recognise
I always love it when I hear back from kids who say they discovered Percy Jackson and now wear their learning difference as a badge of honour.
Always
Back
Badge
Difference
Discovered
Hear
Honour
Jackson
Kids
Learning
Love
Now
Say
Wear
I loved the idea of making history interesting for kids! When Scholastic approached me about 'The 39 Clues', I immediately started going through the 'greatest hits' from my years as a social studies teacher, and picked the historical characters and eras that most appealed to my students.
About
Appealed
Characters
Clues
Eras
Going
Greatest
Greatest hits
Historical
History
Hits
Idea
Immediately
Interesting
I've always found the second book in a series is the hardest to write.
Always
Book
Found
Hardest
Second
Series
Write
Writing 'Book 1: The Maze of Bones' didn't feel much different than writing one of my other novels, but I thought it was very innovative to offer the website and trading card components as well for those readers who wanted to go more in depth with the Cahill experience.
Bones
Book
Card
Components
Depth
Different
Experience
Feel
Go
In-depth
Innovative
Maze
More
Much
It's always hard to wrap up a series. The longer I spend with the characters, the more they become like friends.
Always
Become
Characters
Friends
Hard
Like
Longer
More
Series
Spend
Up
Wrap
I do like to wrap things up and leave some things to the readers' imagination.
Imagination
Leave
Like
Readers
Some
Some things
Things
Up
Wrap
I can't actually wrap my mind around it easily - I can't really visualize what 2 million books looks like... So I try to keep it real for myself by focusing on individual anecdotes of how my books have helped kids learn to love reading.
Actually
Anecdotes
Around
Books
Easily
Focusing
Helped
How
Individual
Keep
Kids
Learn
Like
Looks
I'm a teacher still, but with a much larger classroom.
Classroom
Larger
Much
Still
Teacher
Kids are the audience I know best.
Audience
Best
Kids
Know
Back when I taught middle school and wrote adult mysteries, my students often asked me why I wasn't writing for kids. I never had a good answer for them. It took me a long time to realize they were right.
Adult
Answer
Asked
Back
Good
Had
Kids
Long
Long time
Me
Middle
Middle school
Mysteries
Never
I love teaching. I love working with kids... maybe some day I'll go back to the classroom. I'm not ready to say it'll never happen.
Back
Classroom
Day
Go
Happen
I love
Kids
Love
Maybe
Never
Ready
Say
Some
Teaching
I think kids want the same thing from a book that adults want - a fast-paced story, characters worth caring about, humor, surprises, and mystery. A good book always keeps you asking questions, and makes you keep turning pages so you can find out the answers.
About
Adult
Always
Answers
Asking
Asking questions
Book
Caring
Characters
Fast-paced
Find
Good
Good book
Humor
There are so many fantastic stories and I want to bring Thor and Odin and the other gods into the modern world, just like I did with the Greeks and 'Percy Jackson.' I'll give the books an urban setting and have young people interacting with the Norse gods.
Books
Bring
Did
Fantastic
Give
Gods
Greeks
Interacting
Jackson
Just
Like
Many
Modern
Modern world
When I write, I'm still imagining a kid reading it on paper. I read e-books when I travel, but in general I still prefer holding an old-fashioned book in my hands. There's a special, tactile experience.
Book
Experience
General
Hands
Holding
I write
Imagining
Kid
Old-fashioned
Paper
Prefer
Read
Reading
Special
The images from the book you make in your head are always going to be the best images.
Always
Best
Book
Going
Head
Images
Make
You
Your
The older I get, the less I obsess about material stuff. In fact, stuff has become the enemy. There always seems to be more of it than I have storage in my house!
About
Always
Become
Enemy
Fact
Get
House
In fact
Less
Material
More
Obsess
Older
Seems
I've never been a collector - just a consumer - and these days unless a book is signed to me by another author, I don't normally have any qualms about passing it to a friend or donating it to the library.
About
Another
Any
Author
Been
Book
Collector
Consumer
Days
Friend
Just
Library
Me
Never
When I was in college, my parents' house burned down, and took a lot of the possessions I'd grown up with. That's probably one thing that made me realize material stuff is not really that important.
Burned
College
Down
Grown
Grown-up
House
Important
Lot
Made
Material
Me
One thing
Parents
Possessions
I sometimes look at my bookshelves today and wonder which volumes my sons will treasure in twenty or thirty years. Which should I be saving for them? Which will fade with time?
Fade
Look
Saving
Should
Sometimes
Sons
Them
Thirty
Time
Today
Treasure
Twenty
Volumes
Which
Turkey, Australia, and Japan are three of my top destinations.
Australia
Japan
Three
Top
Turkey
It is true that I once refused to eat haggis in Scotland and this did not sit well with the local population.
Did
Eat
Local
Once
Population
Refused
Scotland
Sit
True
Well
I don't think about being famous, really. Being an author, I don't generally get stopped as I walk down the street. It's not like being a movie star.
About
Author
Being
Being famous
Down
Famous
Generally
Get
Like
Movie
Movie star
Really
Star
Stopped
It's wonderful being an author and having so many kids enjoying my books. That's always been my dream job, and I feel very lucky to be able to do it.
Able
Always
Author
Been
Being
Books
Dream
Enjoying
Feel
Having
I feel
Job
Kids
Lucky
I like both Greek and Egyptian. More Greek stories have survived, so we know more about them. They've always been my favorite. On the other hand, I like the Egyptian stories because they're not as commonly known and they have an exotic flavour.
About
Always
Because
Been
Both
Commonly
Egyptian
Exotic
Favorite
Greek
Hand
Know
Known
Like
My goal in the classroom was always to make sure they were having so much fun that they didn't realize they were learning.
Always
Classroom
Fun
Goal
Having
Learning
Make
Much
Realize
So much fun
Sure
Were
I saw 'The 39 Clues' as a potential vehicle for doing some education in a fun way - to take some of these amazing stories from history, dust them off and make them alive.
Alive
Amazing
Clues
Doing
Dust
Education
Fun
History
Make
Off
Potential
Saw
Some
Stories
The Web or card experience is not at all going to replicate the book experience, nor is the book experience going to replicate the Web.
Book
Card
Experience
Going
Nor
Replicate
Web

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