When Rick Riordan was twelve years old, his mother gave him a boxed set of J.R. R. Tolkein's triology, Lord of the Rings for Christmas. That gift proved to be a turning point in his life. It captured his imagination and opened up an entire new world to him, spawning an interest in mythology, fantasy, and reading for pleasure. Around this-time, he decided he wanted to be a writer.
After graduating from college, he decided to teach, which allowed him to use his storytelling skills and write. He published his first novel at age thirty and continued to write while he taught middle school students. He had been writing adult mysteries and teaching for more than ten years when his eight-year-old son begged him to make up a Greek mythology-type bedtime story. Riordan made up a story and told it in three nights. His son told him to write it down as a book. Reluctantly, Riordan began to write the adventures of Percy Jackson. The tale would become the best-selling book The Lightning Thief, which changed his life. Today, Riordan is one of the most popular writers in the United States. In 2011, he had six books listed on USA Today's Top 100 Books, and he was sixth on Forbes's list of highest-paid authors. His books have sold more than 30 million copies and been translated into thirty-seven languages.
Table of Contents
I Creative Influences 13
II Getting Published 25
III Percy Jackson Is Born 37
IV The Lightning Thief 49
V A Legion of Fans Grows 61
VI Myths, Mystery, and a Unique Series 73
VII Hollywood and Two New Series 87
VIII A Rock Star, of Sorts 103
Web sites 125