Rick Riordan received PS7.1 million ($9.5 million). Rick Riordan made his fortune as the author of the "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" series. The first book in the series, "The Lightning Thief," was published in June 2010. It became a bestseller upon its release and has been translated into many languages. A movie based on the book is in development.
Riordan's other books include "The Titan's Curse" trilogy (2012-2013), which features the hero Perseus, and two other novelizations: "The Battle of Thermopylae" from the film 300 and "The Demigod Diaries" collection. He also writes a blog called "The Riordan Musings" where he posts stories, essays, and musings about mythology and literature.
Rick Riordan started writing poetry when he was a teenager and continued to do so until he turned 30. During this time, he wrote more than 100 poems which were published in various magazines and newspapers across the United States.
After graduating from Brigham Young University with a degree in English literature, Rick Riordan moved to San Francisco where he worked as an editor for several publishing companies before starting his own press.
He is the author of several best-selling children's fantasy novels and two non-fiction books about ancient Rome.
His first novel, The Titan's Curse, was published in 2003 when he was only 26 years old. It became a best-seller and has been translated into many languages. After this success, Rick Riordan has written more novels set in his famous "Hero's Journey" series. The first book in this series, The King's Blood, was released in 2009 and has also become a best-seller. In addition, Rick Riordan has written two other series: the Magnus Chase series and the Fire Prophecy series.
He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with his wife Holly and their three children. They work together as a team when writing novels in the same series.
In addition to being an author, Rick Riordan is also a public speaker and teaches creative writing workshops at universities around the world. He has spoken at many international writers' conferences including Camp NaNoWriMo in Arizona, CCCAN (Canberra Canadian Comic Con) in Canada, and QUB (Queen's University Belfast) in Northern Ireland.
Prior to the "Trials of Apollo" series, Rick Riordan began the "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" series in 2005, detailing Percy Jackson's exploits. The series exposed readers to an universe in which the Ancient Greek gods coexist with current day humans. The novels feature a main character who is a teenage boy who discovers that he is the descendant of a family friend who connects him to various mysteries involving his family history and the existence of the gods.
In 2012, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters was followed by "The Titan's Curse" in 2013 and "The Last Lightning Strike" in 2014. A movie based on the first book in the series is expected to be released in June 2015 by Disney.
Rick Riordan has said that he wrote these books because he wanted to write something other than what everyone else was writing at the time. He has also said that he chose the topic after thinking about what kind of hero we would want for a son or a friend and how we might actually go about creating such a person. Riordan notes that while most writers focus on what it's like to be a kid and try to apply this knowledge later in life, he wanted to do the opposite - focus on what it's like to be an adult and see whether it's possible to learn some new things from children's stories.
The author of children's series such as "Percy Jackson" and "Kane Chronicles" is expected to earn $13 million this year. To date, the Percy Jackson books have sold more than 30 million copies worldwide.
Jackson wrote and illustrated the novels himself. They are published by Disney-Hyperion for adults and Disney Press for children under 13. He has also written two other novel series: one for adults titled The Heroes of Olympus and another one called The Titan's Curse for teenagers. The first book in each series was published in 2003 and 2010 respectively.
He also writes a column for The Huffington Post about mythology and modern culture.
Jackson received the Newbery Medal for his first book in 2008 and the Mythopoeic Award for Adult Literature in 2009. He also won the International Book Award for Children's Literature in 2007.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians is the first book in the series. It was followed by two other novels: The Lightning Thief and The Sea of Monsters. A movie based on the first book was released in 2011. A second film is expected to be released in 2015.
Jackson lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two daughters. He spent most of his childhood living abroad because of his father's work.
After his kid begged him to read bedtime stories about Greek gods, he began writing for young adults. Riordan began making up stories after recounting all of the mythology he knew, and the concept for Percy Jackson was born. He originally planned to call the character Joe Ledger and have him be a modern-day adventurer, but when Disney bought the movie rights to Percy Jackson they asked Riordan to change the character to match what was expected from the film.
He later wrote two other books in the series: The Titan's Curse (2003) and The Sea God's Daughter (2004).
Rick Riordan has said that he writes in a room where there is no window because he wants to feel like an explorer.