A: Meh, third choice behind llama and penguin.
Would Coach Hedge have an important role too?
A: Haha, wait until you see what he does in MoA. Yes, he gets a lot of play.
in Hunger Games there is twins named Castor and Pollux and in Percy Jackson too. Is that coincidence?
A: Greek mythology.
You do know The Hunger Games is a re-imagining of the Theseus myth, right? 14 tributes go into the Labyrinth each year to face the Minotaur.
Are Katie Gardner and Travis Stoll in a relationship?
A: Not that I’m aware of.
has it crossed your mind to include Asian myths?
A: Yes, but there are more cool mythologies than I can write in a lifetime!
SO every single thing we ask you are in The Mark Of Athena?
A: Well, I did warn you up front I will not give spoilers!
what was your favorite part about the lightning thief movie?
A: Didn’t see it. Check my FAQ.
A: No, the female equivalent is a nymph.
A: Yes, after I finished PJO. It helped me form the idea for the Heroes series.
A: Ha, no. You’ll get the reunion pretty quick in MoA.
Do you ever get writers block? If so, how do you get out of one?!
A: Sure. Check ‘advice for writers’ on my website.
A: I don’t have much extra time, but I read & play guitar & hang out w/family
Are you planning to write anything about arthurian legends? I know first Norse mitology. Poland loves you, Uncle Rick
A: Thx! No, I don’t plan Arthurian. Yes, Norse first. After that, we’ll have to see.
A: The first one. Not really my thing, but I’m not exactly the target audience.
would you prefer stay at ogygia or olympus?
A: Wow, hard question. I’m more of an introvert, so maybe Ogygia.
A: No, English & history, but both tie in to classics.
A: I’m always nervous before every book comes out! Hope you guys enjoy it!
you would like to visit Brazil? Brazilian demigods love you!
A: Love you guys too! Hopefully some day, but like I said.. The next few years are going to be too crazy with writing deadlines for me to travel to all the different countries.
A: Haha. Uh, probably Chiron if I could figure out the costume.
Q: @justshupup231 Should I be paying attention in English right now?
A: As a former English teacher, I have to say, “Yes!” 😀
Why is Blackjack a mare in SoM, then a male in Titan’s curse?
A: Percy wasn’t looking closely. Or maybe I made a mistake.
A: Awesome. Oni, kappa, etc. Sons are big anime/manga fans.
On average, how long does it take you to write a book?
A: One year, from concept to publication.
A: Chiron (the teacher) & Uncle Amos (the kindly mentor) 😀
Are you aware that the shipping name for Percy/Annabeth amongst your fans is Percabeth?
A: I may have noticed that a few thousand times. Ship names are not new. When my wife Becky & I were in high school, ppl called us ‘Brick.’
Did you ever have detention like me right now or were you an angel?
A: Only detention? I got kicked out of classes when I was in high school and almost got expelled for running an underground newspaper.
A: My favorite books as a kid. Got me writing. Movies were good too.
Just thought I’d mention since ur doing Norse in the future, u should check out Marvel’s take on Thor & Loki. Great variety.
A: Dude, I have Marvel Thor comics going back to the 1960s. Read them forever. Love the comics, but my series will be nothing like that.
Is it true that someone REALLY important’s going to die in Mark of Athena?
A: You shouldn’t listen to internet rumors.
Do you like Harry Potter? If so, what’s your favorite book?
A: Yep! Prisoner of Azkaban.
Q: @demigodwitch_You know if it’s a long time for “The Mark of Athena” to be launched in Brazil? A: I don’t get info for other countries. The best thing to do is ask a local bookseller or ask the publisher in your country. They may be able to tell you. For Brazil:
Q: @MrsFlickerman_what’s the best thing about writing books?
I loved your son’s short story; if you ever move on from mythology, do you think you’d pass the reins to him?
A: Haley’s got his own novel just about finished (not mythology) + getting ready for college next year. Too soon to know if he’d want PJO!
Will you ever make a story where Sadie and Carter meet Annabeth and Percy?
A: If I did, that would be way down the road. Lot of other books to write first — Finish Heroes, do Norse series. Then we’ll see.
“I’ll read a never-before-released section of an upcoming Percy Jackson story.” ) Will I ever see this?
A: Only if you come to one of the events! And of course, once the story is finally published, but that will be quite a while.
A: Uh, well I’m not a god, but my wife is pretty divine. So . . .
question from my daughter-Will the Titans show up again, also, where do you get your ideas for the monsters?
A: You will see a Titan or two later in Heroes. The monsters are all straight from mythology. I don’t make up any of them!
A: Much too early to tell you. I know, but won’t even start writing it until next year.
favorite person playing the doctor on doctor who and reason why?
A: Classic doctors: Tom Baker, funny, quirky, cool scarf. New Doctor Who series, honestly I like all three, but I’m sorry Eccleston only had one season.
Have you ever heard the term “troll”? I would kinda classify you as one Uncle Rick!! A: Who me? Nah.
is MoA gonna kill me softly? Am I gonna need a box of tissue?!
A: More likely you will curse me for another cliffhanger.
But a different sort of cliffhanger. That’s all I can say about that . . . but, I anticipate some impatient readers starting, like, Oct. 3.
San Francisco is a special city for you?
A: Yes, I taught there for six years & my sons were born in the Bay Area.
did you read the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare?
A: I haven’t, though I know they’re very popular.
A: I like them all. Greek is easiest, but they’re all fun.
Does Percy and Sally reunite. Also is there a lot of art in the Signed Box Version
A: Percy doesn’t get to see his mom in MoA, no. He’s going to be a little too busy. The signed boxed edition has special art on the endpaper
A: Let me ask . . . Yeah. He says he’s okay. But we’re hungry. Gonna get some Chinese food. BBL.
A: Yes, I miss my students & doing cool activities in class, but not the grading! I still kind of feel like a teacher, though. Only now I have several million kids in my “class.”
A: Do you know a lot of middle-aged guys who like sappy romance novels?
A: I was never diagnosed, but my father is and my son is, plus reading was hard for me when young. So…
A: No, there are already soooo many characters to juggle w/the seven prophecy demigods.
A: I read the first three when I was younger. They were okay, but not my fave.
I prefer C.S. Lewis’s Space Trilogy. For fantasy, I prefer Tolkien.
Will Grover show up in The Heroes of Olympus series again?
A: He doesn’t have a big part, no. He’s off doing nature stuff. However, the story I will preview at the events will feature the return of Grover.
Why is Athena’s hair black and all her children’s hair is blonde?
A: Not ALL of her children have blond hair.
A: Leo is wondering the same thing. That’s all I can say!
why put the Olympus in the 600º floor? or it was just a random choice of number? A: Like many things I do, it was random!
will we get more about Bianca Di Angelo in next books?
A: Only in Nico’s memories. She’s dead and moved on to a new life.
A: Patrick is 14. Haley WAS 16 when he wrote that story. He just turned 18. Remember there’s a delay of about a year to get a book published, because it has to be revised, edited, typeset, printed, etc., etc.
Octavian: Will we get to know him better in MoA?!
A: Yes, though you might not like him any better.
Does the Great Fire of Rome have anything to do with the Mark of Athena prophecy?
A: Good guess! But actually no.
If Percy loses only the cap for Riptide as the sword is in use, will it reappear in his pocket?
A: Yes, it reappears.
A: Not sure yet. Right now his 1st choice is Emerson in Boston (for writing, obviously :D)
Is Annabeth based on someone in your life? If so, then who?
A: No. Sort of a combination of many students I taught.
what’s your favorite animal of the underworld?
A: Mrs. O’Leary the hellhound, natch!
did Hera leave Percy memories of Annabeth on purpose?
A: I think it was just too strong a memory to erase fully.
If you could talk to a god/goddess, or a demigod, for a day who would you choose?
A: Maybe Hestia, least likely to kill me.
what would you have thought 20 yrs ago if someone told you you’d be a famous author? A: I would’ve laughed. “Yeah, right.”
A: No, she’s back at Camp Half-Blood.
A: Yes, they are called centaurides. Not many stories about them.
A: Setne in The Serpent’s Shadow, though Mark of Athena has some awesome ones.
Which book did you like most about writing?
A: Maybe The Lost Hero. It’s hard to say.
would you ever write a book that is not related to greek mythology?
A: Already have! 39 Clues, Kane, my adult mysteries. Yes, I have ideas for non-myth books. The problem is I have more ideas than I’ll ever be able to write, since each book = 1 year of work.
A: She’s around, just doesn’t have a big part in Heroes.
will you be writing another Percy related series once HoO is done?
A: It’s WAY too early to talk about that! Dunno yet.
How did the REAL Charlie Beckendorf feel about you killing off the character?
A: I haven’t talked to him! He’s nothing like Beckendorf in the books. I just borrowed the name.
I only name a few characters after real ppl, and they are ppl I know personally. Travis/Connor Stoll, Mrs. Dodds, Mr. Brunner.
What color is Clarisse’s hair? Sometimes it’s brown, sometimes it’s blond.
A Kinda both: sort of stringy blondish brown.
A: The bully from Lightning Thief. She’s going about her mortal life. I actually wrote a scene for Last Olympian where Percy stumbles across her, but the book was getting too long so I cut it.
Q: Did you think that the PJ books would be read and liked by “older” people (I’m 30 and a proud Percy french fan)?
A: No. I taught ages 9-14 so that was my target audience and still is, but older readers are always welcome!
what would you do if all your characters knock on your door in the middle of the night?
A: This is why I don’t publish my address! I’d assume I’m dreaming and go back to sleep.
A: Ice cream!
do you prefer to turn into a bird or have control of water ?
A: tough choice. Probably water. I don’t like heights.
A: I have visited St. Petersburg. Beautiful city!
A: Demigod siblings? No. Not as far as he is aware.
what was the saddest death you had to write and why?
A: Silena in the Last Olympian; b/c it was a noble death & brave.
A: Oo. Good one. Advantage Set. Much sneakier.
coffee or tea? Books or movies? Beach or farm?
A: Coffee, books, farm. (though I like the other choices too)
A: Ya, pretty crazy! (That was last year) Massive crowd.
A: Yes, I really have to, or I’d get stuck halfway through.
Q: @alicia_workmanwould you ever try Peanut Butter Enchiladas? My friend made it up.
A: Shudder. sounds hideous, but points for creativity!
A: Well, have to be careful of spoilers, but the end of Sea of Monsters.
do you have the ending of the HoO series ready in your mind?
A: Yes, more or less. And no, I can’t tell you. 😛
Q on behalf of my daughter: Did you study any foreign languages in high school? A: Latin (no surprise)
A: Mrs. O’Leary. I love dogs, especially if they can shadow travel and run over entire armies.
A: In the words of Princess Bride, “get used to disappointment.”
Did you ever think that Percy and Annabeth could be reincarnations of other heroes, like Perseus and Atalanta?
A: That had never occurred to me. Good question. I think the old heroes are in Elysium, though, so probably not.
What was it like writing 3rd person for Percy and seeing him through other characters’ eyes?
A: Actually it was really cool!
I wanted to do the Heroes series in a different way, because it kept things interesting for me. I didn’t want to do the exact same as PJO.
How did you come up with the idea to make Frank from Vancouver?
A: He’s a shout-out to my Canadian readers. Plus I had just been to Vancouver & it’s an awesome city.
Will CHB t-shirts also be available in the Philippines?
A: No. They were printed as promos specifically for the US events. There is no other way to get them. But people often make their own shirts, and that’s awesome!
Q: @amyhuynh_Which of the book covers from the PJ series or HoO series is your favourite?
A: I love John Rocco’s US covers. I think my favorite is The Titan’s Curse for PJO, Serpent’s Shadow for KC, and Lost Hero for HoO.
Uncle Rick, have you checked out any of PJO tumblrs?
A: Nah, I don’t have time to surf around the Internet anymore!
A: No, sorry. Too many of you & I usually can’t even read tweets, much less respond!
Will you permit some of your readers to like suggest some things and names for characters?
A: I can’t take suggestions, sorry! I’ve got all the ideas I’m going to use & I don’t name characters after fans b/c WAY too many requests.
do you know the publisher of your book for indonesia?
A: Noura. They just sent a picture for me to sign for a bookstore.
A: Many places! Japan, Hawaii, Istanbul, Paris.
A: Haha, thx. But I had a good night’s sleep.
If you were a magician, which path of the gods would you choose?
A: Is it bad that I’d go chaos magic w/Set?
I Can’t wait for MoA but in Brazil Just in May 2013. WHy they do this to me? A: Well, translating takes a long time!
Most of the gods are in the US, but Boreas is in Canada, so are there any gods in Mexico?
A: I’d imagine Aztec and Mayan gods.
Uncle Rick, what did EXACTLY happen to Michael Yew after he disappeared?
A: I honestly don’t know. Assume he died.
You are reading a PJO story for us in Toronto right?
A: Yep! At each event.
Q: Indian release date/writing about Indian mythology?
A. I don’t get info for other countries. Indian legends are cool, but have to be a little more careful as Hinduism is a living religion. Having said that, I love the Ramayana and the many stories of the gods. Hanuman is my favorite. No immediate plans to tackle them. Too busy!
Are Maenads a very real terrifying interpretation of FANGIRLS?
A: Haha. Maybe. They are authentic myths, though.
Have you work in collaboration w/ the team of PJ Sea of Monsters film?
A: Nope. I just write the books. As I’m always saying, I have nothing whatsoever to do w/the movies, so don’t ask me anything. Guarantee you, I don’t know!
A: I haven’t yet, but it is one of my son Patrick’s absolute favorites.
uncle rick why are you so talented at writing rickhangers?
A: Rickhangers? ROFL. You just coined a new term.
A: Not really in Heroes. In the future, I don’t know yet. Too early to say!
you said you got teary eyed when you wrote a scene in MOA. Does that mean we’re all gonna have a heart attack ?
A: No, I don’t think so. It’s just kind of a sweet, sad scene. Not a major tragedy or anything. I can’t get more specific.