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Interview With Rick

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  • You were a teacher for a long time. Why did you leave the classroom?

  • Did your students know you wrote novels, and what did they think about that?

  • Where did you get the idea for Percy Jackson?

  • Did you share the Percy Jackson novel with any of your students before it was published?

  • Did you always know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?

  • How did you get published the first time?

  • Any advice for young people who want to be writers?

  • Are your adult mysteries appropriate for young readers?

  • The Lightning Thief deals with magic and the Greek gods. Are you worried about censorship?

  • How is writing a children’s book different than writing an adult book?

  • Why did you choose to make Percy Jackson have ADHD and dyslexia?

  • Many people are comparing your series to Harry Potter. Are there similarities?

  • Now that you’re writing a children’s series, will you continue to write adult books too?

  • Why do you think people, and children especially, are so drawn to fantasy stories?



  • Have you ever been to Greece or Italy, or are you planning to travel there?

  • Care for the environment pops up in The Lightning Thief. Do you have any other messages for your young adult readers?

  • Do you see any of yourself in Percy Jackson?

  • Do you have an interest for Norse mythology?

  • Did you ever think your books would get so popular?

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