Richard Russell Riordan Jr. (; born June 5, 1964) is an American author. He is known for writing the  series, about a teenager named Percy Jackson & the Olympians Percy Jackson who discovers he is a son of the Greek god Poseidon. Riordan's books have been translated into forty-two languages and sold more than thirty million copies in the US.  20th Century Fox 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
, which became the first book in the Big Red Tequila Tres Navarre series. His big breakthrough was (2005), the first novel in the five-volume The Lightning Thief series, which placed a group of modern-day adolescents in a Percy Jackson and the Olympians Greco- Roman mythological setting. Since then, Riordan has written trilogy and The Kane Chronicles series. The Heroes of Olympus 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 series and its spinoffs, and penned its first book, The 39 Clues (2008). The Maze of Bones His most recent publications are three books in the  series, based on Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Norse mythology.  The first book of his  series, The Trials of Apollo 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 University, wanting to be a guitarist. He transferred to the University of Texas at Austin and studied English and History. He received his teaching certification in those subjects from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He taught English and Social Studies for eight years at Presidio Hill School in San Francisco.  
Rick married Becky Riordan in 1985 on the couple's shared birthday.
They have two sons, Haley and Patrick. They moved from San Antonio to  Boston in June 2013, in conjunction with older son Haley starting college in Boston.  
Riordan has created several successful book series.
Tres Navarre, an adult mystery series about a Texas 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 and dyslexic. Riordan published the first novel in the series,  , in 2005. Four sequels followed, with the last, The Lightning Thief , in 2009. Prior to The Last Olympian Percy Jackson, Riordan had written the Tres Navarres series, a series of mystery novels for adult readers. 
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 , which topped The Maze of Bones on September 28, 2008. The New York Times Best Seller list 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. 
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
(2009) The Demigod Files
(2010, in collaboration with Antonio Caparo, Philip Chidlow, and Keven Hays) The Ultimate Guide
Percy Jackson and the Singer of Apollo (2013; short story published in Guys Read)
(2014, illustrations by John Rocco) Percy Jackson's Greek Gods
(2015, illustrations by John Rocco) Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes
(2017) Camp Half-Blood Confidential
The Percy Jackson Coloring Book (2017, artwork by Keith Robinson)  The Lightning Thief: Illustrated Edition (August 14, 2018, illustrated by John Rocco) 
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
(2012) The Demigod Diaries Demigods of Olympus (2015, interactive e-book)
The Kane Chronicles
(2010) The Red Pyramid
(2011) The Throne of Fire (2012) The Serpent's Shadow
Survival Guide (2012) Brooklyn House Magician's Manual (2018) 
Demigods and Magicians
Published individually first, then as an anthology titled
Demigods and Magicians in 2016. 
(2013) The Son of Sobek
(2014) The Staff of Serapis (2015) The Crown of Ptolemy
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard
(2015) The Sword of Summer 
(2016) The Hammer of Thor (2017) The Ship of the Dead
(2016) Hotel Valhalla: Guide to the Norse Worlds  
The Magnus Chase Coloring Book (August 14, 2018, artwork by Keith Robinson)  9 from the Nine Worlds (October 2, 2018) 
The Trials of Apollo
(2016) The Hidden Oracle 
(2017) The Dark Prophecy 
(2018) The Burning Maze  
(2019) The Tyrant's Tomb (2020) The Tower of Nero
Related books Camp Jupiter Classified (2020) 
(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)
The 39 Clues
(2008) The Maze of Bones
Introduction to The 39 Clues: The Black Book of Buried Secrets (2010) (2011, in collaboration with Vespers Rising Peter Lerangis, Gordon Korman, and Jude Watson)
The Lightning Thief Graphic Novel (2010, in collaboration with Robert Venditti, Nate Powell, and Jose Villarrubia)
The Red Pyramid Graphic Novel (2012, adapted by Orpheus Collar)
The Sea of Monsters Graphic Novel (2013, in collaboration with Robert Venditti, Attila Futaki, and Tamas Gaspar)
The Titan's Curse Graphic Novel (2013, in collaboration with Robert Venditti, Attila Futaki, and Gregory Guilhaumond)
The Lost Hero Graphic Novel (2014, in collaboration with Robert Venditti, Nate Powell, and Orpheus Collar)
The Throne of Fire Graphic Novel (2015, adapted by Orpheus Collar)
The Son of Neptune Graphic Novel (2017, in collaboration with Robert Venditti, Antoine Dode, and Orpheus Collar)  The Serpent's Shadow Graphic Novel (2017, adapted by Orpheus Collar)) 
Standalone novels Cold Springs (2004)
Other Introduction to the anthology
Tales of the Greek Heroes, Roger Lancelyn Green (2009) Introduction to the essay collection (2009, 2013) Demigods and Monsters
Rick Riordan Presents
In September 2016,
Disney- Hyperion announced a new Rick Riordan imprint. The imprint is called " Rick Riordan Presents" and was launched in March 2018. It is headed by Riordan's editor, Stephanie Owens Lurie. 
Lurie said that Riordan had been approached about an imprint several years ago but initially dismissed the idea because of his heavy workload. Later, he reported back that he had been "toying with the idea" and was "willing to go forward with a publishing line that was not a brand extension for his own work but a platform for Riordan to bring other great writers to the attention of his vast and loyal audience."
She also said that the imprint planned to launch with two then undetermined books. "The point of making this announcement now is to get the word out about what we're looking for."  
The imprint will not publish books written by Riordan, "whose role will be closer to curator".
In an interview with the  Iowa Gazette, Riordan said, "Instead of me writing all of the mythologies we are going to look for authors who already are writing about that stuff. If I feel like I can recommend them [to my readers] ... we're going to have them out here in the spotlight." A focus will be placed on "diverse, mythology-based fiction by new, emerging, and under-represented authors". Lurie expressed hopes that the imprint will help satisfy Riordan fans without asking the author to write more than his usual two books a year.  
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". 'Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor' and 'If I Was Your Girl' win 2017 Stonewall Children's and Young Adult Literature Award" ALA News. American Library Association. January 23, 2017 . Retrieved 2017.
"Additional ALA Awards 2017". The Horn Book Online. The Horn Book Magazine. January 23, 2017 . Retrieved 2017.
Roback, Diane (January 23, 2017). "Barnhill, Steptoe, 'March: Book Three' Win Newbery, Caldecott, Printz". Publishers Weekly Online. Publishers Weekly . Retrieved 2017.
"Winners of the 2017 Youth Media Awards | ALA Midwinter 2017". School Library Journal: Industry News. School Library Journal. January 23, 2017 . Retrieved 2017.
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"The Sword of Summer". ReadRiordan.com. Disney-Hyperion . Retrieved 2015.
Riordan, Rick (August 16, 2016). . Disney Hyperion. For Magnus Chase: Hotel Valhalla Guide to the Norse Worlds: Your Introduction to Deities, Mythical Beings, & Fantastic Creatures
Riordan, Rick. "For Magnus Chase: Hotel Valhalla Guide to the Norse Worlds". Series Info: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard. Rick Riordan . Retrieved 2016.
"9 from the Nine Worlds Cover Revealed". readriordan.com . Retrieved 2018.
"The Trials of Apollo - Rick Riordan". rickriordan.com . Retrieved 2017.
Riordan, Rick (May 1, 2018). . Disney Hyperion. The Trials of Apollo, Book Three: The Burning Maze
"CAMP JUPITER CLASSIFIED". Read Riordan.
Riordan, Rick; Venditti, Robert (February 21, 2017). . Disney-Hyperion. The Heroes of Olympus, Book Two, The Son of Neptune: The Graphic Novel ISBN . 9781484716212
Riordan, Rick; Collar, Orpheus (October 3, 2017). . Disney-Hyperion. The Kane Chronicles, Book Three, The Serpent's Shadow: The Graphic Novel ISBN . 9781484782347
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Kuennen, Alyson (October 31, 2016). "Rick Riordan brings stories to Iowa City". TheGazette.com. The Iowa Gazette . Retrieved 2017.
Further reading Art at Our Doorstep: San Antonio Writers and Artists featuring Riordan. Edited by Nan Cuba and Riley Robinson ( Trinity University Press, 2008).