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Born: June 5, 1964
Place of Birth: San Antonio, TX
Education: Attended Alamo Heights High School in San Antonio. Worked
as an editor for the school newspaper and won third place in state for
UIL feature writing. Also got in trouble for publishing an underground
newspaper that made fun of the school, especially the losing football
team. (The football team later egged my car). Began college at North
Texas State (because I thought I wanted to be a guitar player and they
had the best music program), but then transferred to the University of
Texas at Austin. Graduated with a double major in English and history.
Got certified to teach English and history from UT San Antonio. Did my
student teaching in the San Antonio Independent School District.
Childhood influences: The first book I remember reading for fun was
the Lord of the Rings. I probably read it ten times. I also liked Greek
and Norse mythology since I was in middle school. I read mostly
fantasy and science fiction in high school, then got interested in
mysteries when I got to college. My parents were both teachers. My mom
was a musician and an artist, too. My dad was a ceramicist (he made
stuff out of clay), so I grew up in a very artistic family. I started
writing when I was in middle school. The first story I submitted for
publication was when I was 13. It wasn’t published. My first published
works were two short stories in the UTSA literary magazine.
Work experience: When I was in college, I worked for three years as
the music director at a summer camp, Camp Capers. This is where I got
the idea for Camp Half-Blood. My first full-time job was teaching
middle school in New Braunfels, Texas. After that, my wife and I moved
to San Francisco. We lived there for eight years and I taught at
Presidio Hill School. Then we had our two sons, Haley and Patrick, and
we moved back home to San Antonio. I taught at Saint Mary’s Hall
(English and social studies, grades 6-8) for six years, then stopped
teaching to become a full-time writer. I taught mythology almost every
year that I was a teacher. It was always my favorite thing, and the
students always liked it, too!
Family: I live with my wife and two sons, Haley and Patrick.
Pets: one dog (a Golden Labrador mix) and two black cats.
Favorite book I wrote: That’s a hard question for a writer. It’s like
asking which of your children is your favorite. I like them all for
Favorite character in my books: Also hard to answer! Probably Grover or Tyson because they’re so much fun to write about.
In my spare time: I like to read, swim, play guitar, and travel with
my family. I also play video games with my kids (World of Warcraft or
games on the Wii).
Need more information?
An Online Interview with Rick Riordan
AdLit’s Video Interview with Rick Riordan
Jen Robinson’s Online Interview with Rick
Rick Riordan bio sheet from Hyperion Books for Children
Video interview about 39 Clues from Scholastic Books
Video interview with Rick in North Carolina