Riordan got his start as a professional writer with a mystery series centered on private detective Jackson "Tres" Navarre. Big Red Tequila was published in 1997, while Rebel Island, the seventh and final volume, was released in 2007. The books have been widely praised for their attention to Caribbean culture and history while also being entertaining mysteries.
Riordan has said that he wrote these books because he enjoyed mythology and history and wanted to write about subjects that weren't usually covered in fiction. He also stated that he wrote them because he could not find any other writers who were doing it right now. That sounds like a good reason to use your time very wisely!
After finishing with Tres Navarre, Riordan didn't take long to jump back into writing crime fiction with another character from the Caribbean. This time around, it's drug dealer turned government informant Harry Morganes who gets the chance to work with Navarre again. The first book in this series, Dead men tell no tales, was published in 2003 and has been followed by two more volumes so far.
Besides writing novels, Riordan has also written several non-fiction books including I'm No Angel: A True Story of Crime, Corruption and Redemption (2002), which was awarded the New York Public Library's Young Lions Award, and The Last Viking: A Personal History of Iceland (2011).
After his kid begged him to read bedtime stories about Greek gods, he began writing for young adults. This led to writing books for children, and now he's written more than 30 novels in several different genres for readers of all ages.
As far back as he can remember, Riordan has loved reading fantasy and science fiction stories, but they weren't available when he was younger so he had to make do with what he had. When he discovered mysteries at the age of ten, he was instantly hooked and hasn't looked back since. He credits his father with helping him develop his writing skills by reading out loud to him from time to time.
In addition to being a full-time author, Riordan also runs a small publishing company with his wife, Sela. They have two kids who don't seem to mind when their dad takes time away from them to write.
Rick Riordan wrote his first novel at the age of 23. It was accepted by a publisher and published under a different name before being withdrawn by the original publisher. The experience helped Riordan learn that it's best to wait until you're ready to publish something before doing so.
Tres Navarres saga Prior to Percy Jackson, Riordan wrote the Tres Navarres series, a collection of adult mystery books. The first book in the series, The Last Legion, was published in 2004 by Bantam Books.
After the success of Percy Jackson, Disney decided to make a movie based on the fourth book in the series, Fate of the Gods.
However, due to the high cost of making movies, they usually only make money when they are popular. So when it came time to decide if they were going to make the movie or not, Disney made the decision not to make the movie because they thought that most people weren't interested in this kind of story.
But what Disney didn't know is that Rick Riordan, who at the time was just an unknown writer, had already started work on a novel that was very similar to Fate of the Gods. So instead of making the movie, Disney decided to give Rick Riordan money to make his own movie instead. The result was Camp Half-Blood, which was released in 2014.
In addition to writing novels, Rick Riordan also writes some short stories and comic books.