Rick Riordan - A Versatile Author
American born author Rick Riordan has thrilled thousands of readers of several genres with his many books. He recalls his favorite childhood book, Lord of the Rings, His love for the written word became even more apparent during his high school years where he was editor of the school paper. He caused a stir when he published an «underground» newspaper that poked fun at the school and the staff, but the biggest stir was created with his unabashed bashing of the football team and their ongoing inability to win more than a few games in any given season. (He quips that the team retaliated by egging his car on a few occasions.) He managed to graduate despite his troublemaking skills, and went on to attend the University of Texas at Austin and graduating with a double major in English and history. He then commenced teaching throughout various schools in the San Antonio Independent School District.
He has penned several series, all of which have brought him more success than the previous. His books appeal to many different generations, ranging from young to old. His novels all seem to grab the readers from the first few pages, transporting them into the worlds his colorful characters live in with ease.
The private investigator series Tres Nevarre has the reader joining the experienced, confident to a fault, tequila drinking Tres on his ventures. The reader will either like or dislike the unlicensed but highly successful detective, but still wanting to see how he effortlessly cracks his cases. His education in many different fields (medieval studies and tai chi, to name a few) offers him solutions to otherwise «un-crackable» cases. His adored feline companion, Robert Johnson, also plays a role in allowing the tough main character to show a softer side. The Tres Nevarre series, considered lengthy and wordy by some readers, nonetheless garnered a Shamus Award for the «Best First P.I. Novel» with the release of the first book in the series, Big Red Tequila.
Riordan continued to entertain old fans as well as bringing in a new group with the publication of The Kane Chronicles series, beginning with The Red Pyramid. This mythology based series takes place in modern times, and introduces the reader to the Kane siblings, Carter and Julius as they journey to London. It is during this trip to London that the god of the underworld, Osiris, is summoned through the Rosetta Stone. The books lead the reader through attacks by serpent leopards, a baboon pal named Khufu, among others. The series is a fascinating trip into the underworld of the pharaohs and other deities, yet is set in the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, making the settings both realistic and dreamlike for the readers. After the publications of the series, several Riordan fans rallied to petition for a screenplay or the penning of another book in the series.
Riordan has been the recipient of several awards that herald his writing, including the Edgar Award, the Mark Twain Award two times, among others.