Rick Riordan (pronounced Ri '-er-dan) is a multi-award-winning mystery
His adult fiction has won the top three national
awards in the mystery genre - the Edgar, the Anthony and the Shamus. He
has presented workshops for such organizations as the California Association
of Independent Schools, the Texas Council for Teachers of English, the
Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute and the Texas Library Association.
His short fiction has appeared in Mary Higgins Clark Mystery Magazine
and Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine. In 2003, he was inducted into the
Texas Institute of Letters.
In college at UT Austin, Riordan was lead
singer in a folk rock band. After college, he became a teacher, and for
the past fifteen years, Riordan has taught English and history at public
and private middle schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Texas.
In 2002, Saint Mary's Hall honored him with the school's first Master
Teacher Award. While teaching, he read a lot of mystery books in his spare
time, and when he and his wife moved to San Francisco, he started missing
Texas. He decided, on a lark, that h would try writing a standard hard-boiled
private eye novel set in his hometown of San Antonio. Ten months later,
BIG RED TEQUILA was finished.
"The strange thing is, I had a feeling
that BIG RED TEQUILA was going to get published. It just felt different
than anything else I'd ever written, because the novel had practically
forced me to write it. The idea took me by the throat and wouldn't let
me go until the manuscript was done. I tell aspiring writers that you
have to find what you MUST write. When you find it, you will know, because
the subject matter won't let you go. It's not enough to write simply because
you think it would be neat to be published. You have to be compelled to
write. If you're not, nothing else that you do matters."
That first novel, BIG RED TEQUILA, won the
Anthony Award for Best Original Paperback Novel and the Shamus Award for
Best First Private Eye Novel. His second book, THE WIDOWER'S TWO-STEP,
won the Edgar Allen Poe Award for Best Original Paperback Novel of 1999.
THE DEVIL WENT DOWN TO AUSTIN was nominated for both the Anthony and the
Shamus Awards for Best Mystery Novel of 2001. His fifth novel, the standalone
thriller COLD SPRINGS, was named one of the top ten suspense novels of
2003 by the American Library Association. His latest book is SOUTHTOWN
In June 2005, his first children's book, Percy
Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, will be published by Miramax/Hyperion
Books. The plot started out as a bedtime story for Riordan's son Haley.
This series features a twelve-year-old dyslexic
boy who discovers he is the modern-day son of a Greek god. The novels
draw on Riordan's experience teaching Greek mythology and his interaction
with students who have learning differences. "The story was such
fun, and so different from my adult fiction, that I found myself spending
a lot of time on it. Now, I'm sure glad I did!" The novel has been
optioned for feature film to Twentieth Century Fox.
Rick Riordan now writes full-time. He lives
in San Antonio with his wife and two sons.
To learn more about Rick Riodan: http://www.rickriordan.com
To register for Riordan's workshop, go to the
League's listing of upcoming classes
(Riordan's workshop SOLD OUT but we hope to have him back in the future.)