16 Facts About Rick Riordan


Rick Riordan's books have spawned related media, such as graphic novels and short story collections.


Since then, Rick Riordan has written The Heroes of Olympus, a sequel to the Percy Jackson series; The Kane Chronicles, a trilogy of similar premise focusing on Egyptian mythology; and Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, again a trilogy of similar premise focusing on Norse mythology.


Rick Riordan helped Scholastic Press develop The 39 Clues series and its spinoffs, and penned its first book, The Maze of Bones.


Rick Riordan graduated from Alamo Heights High School, and first attended the music program at North Texas State University, wanting to be a guitarist.


Rick Riordan transferred to the University of Texas at Austin and studied English and History.


Rick Riordan received his teaching certification in those subjects from the University of Texas at San Antonio.


Rick Riordan taught English and Social Studies for eight years at Presidio Hill School in San Francisco.


Rick Riordan 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 Rick Riordan to make the titular protagonist hyperactive and dyslexic.


Rick Riordan published the first novel in the series, The Lightning Thief, in 2005.


Rick Riordan created a sequel series to Percy Jackson, The Heroes of Olympus.


Rick Riordan helped create the children's book series The 39 Clues.


Rick Riordan authored several of its books, including The Maze of Bones, which topped The New York Times Best Seller list on September 28,2008.


Rick Riordan 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.


In 2022, Rick Riordan co-wrote the pilot for the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series on Disney+ and is serving as an executive producer for the show.


Lurie said that Rick Riordan had been approached about an imprint several years ago but initially dismissed the idea because of his heavy workload.