Event: Rick Riordan Reading and Q&A at San Marcos, TX 5/11/2012

Event: RICK RIORDAN Reading + Q&A-SOLD OUT
San Marcos, TX, Friday, May 11, 2012 at 7:00 pm
Location: TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY-SAN MARCOS LBJ STUDENT CENTER BALLROOM

Description: Wittliff Collections will host Rick Riordan for this special event to celebrate Rick Riordan’s World of Myth and Mythery, an exhibition showcasing the Wittliff’s major Riordan Collection—to which the author has been generously donating since 2004.

Note from Mrs. Riordan:

As many of Rick’s hosting venues now require a book purchase in the ticket price this event has the opportunity to purchase a ticket for $5 that does not include a book. Great for those of us that read books from the library! Rick will be reading from passages of books yet to be published and do a more lengthy Q&A. This should be a very special event.

Hey Bloggers!

The Pirate Princess, here! Thanks you very much for reading my blog.  Here is some fun news! I just came back from San Marcos, TX–the last stop on the tour of author Rick Riordan.

Rick Riordan has written four series.  His first children’s series was the awesome Percy Jackson and the Olympians books. Rick co-authored a book in The 39 Clues. Another series is titled The Kane Chronicles, which is a trilogy, and the last book was released on May 1st. Sadly (yet awesomely!!!), I had to wait until the 11th to get mine. Why, you ask? Because the 11th of May was his last stop on his tour for The Serpents Shadow.

I got my ticket and went to San Marcos, and had an awesome time!!! Eeep! I was the 8th person in line since we got there extra early.  We were told that the people who sat closer to the front, right next to the camera usually got called on during the Q&A, so that’s right were I sat.

I bought a SIGNED copy of The Serpent’s Shadow that night and got to ask him a question, and was awesome–I always am! 😉

Rick talked about how when he was young (No, it will not be like your grandparents telling you, “When I was young, I didn’t have a bike. Blah, blah, blah.) that he didn’t like reading or writing–until he found a book that he really liked. The first book he read that he enjoyed was Lord of the Rings. He was told it based of Norse gods and goddesses and myths or Norway/Scandinavia, which interested him at the time.

When he was in eighth grade, he sure he wanted to be an author. Rick wrote his  first short story where a guy goes to heaven and has a conversation with an angel. I forgot what he named it (I think it was Conversations with an Archangel).  His teacher told him to send it out to see if he could get it published. And he did.  Rick sent it to a sci-fi magazine that wrote stories like the one he had written and then waited for two months. When he got the letter (It was written with a typewriter), he got rejected.

And guess what? His mom was proud of that rejection letter! She framed it and put it in the hall, where he had to pass it and had to look at it…every. Single. Day. Then, a few years later, the house burned down. The only thing that survived (besides the family)….was that rejection letter. She reframed it and it’s now hanging in Riordan’s mom’s house. That’s the power of rejection for ya’!

Rick told us about how The Lightning Thief came to be:  (If you haven’t you have to read the books! The Lightening Thief is number one in his Percy Jackson and the Olympians series.)

When his son was little, they found out that he had ADHD and is dyslexia. It made it so that his son didn’t like reading or writing. Rick asked his son if there was anything he was interested in at school. His son responded he liked the Greek myths they were teaching. Riordan told his son all of the myths. The night he ran out, his son wasn’t too happy. He wanted more.

“Make up another!” his son said.

“Another hasn’t been made in 2000 years,” Rick told him. Then, he decided to make a story. He gave it a shot. Then came Percy Jackson. He told his son Percy Jackson was ADHD and dyslexic, too. So, Percy Jackson started as a bedtime story. Now it’s a bestselling awesome book. (Read it already!)

Rick let his class read it before it was published. They liked it. He had to change the title though.  His class pointed out that he needed a catchier title. After that, he sent his manuscript out.

Disney Hyperion liked it and said, “We want it!” Rick said okay. Then, when they worked on the cover. The first guy….I forgot what happened to him but he got fired. The second guy wanted to monsters to be coming out of the book (see pic on left). Then they made a second edition which is the one we all see today. The Lightening Thief was sold worldwide. Rick was told that in Germany, they needed a strict, striking, dark cover. He prepared to see that. And he got…The Minotaur….In his Fruit of the Loom underpants, aka, tidy widies.

During the Q&A, I got to ask him a question.

I asked, “How do you come up with your stories?”

He replied, “I think of the myths and imagine what they would be like in the real world.”

Apparently, in the 21st century the Minotaur needs undies.

Rick also told us about his adult series(Don’t read it! {Unless you are an adult of course.}) They were killer mysteries. He said, one day in his sixth grade class(He was a teacher), one of his students asked, “Can we read your book?”

“NO!” Was Rick’s response. “It has violence and bad words! Lots of bad words!” He said when he told them that their eyes lit up and they said, “Really?” They all got the book and highlighted the bad words. So much for no.

Rick read the first chapter to a book called, Mark of Athena, the third book in his series Heroes of Olympus. I laughed very hard. You’ll see why when it comes out.

He told us more about his adult books and his children series.

He also said, one day his son came into his writing room and said, “Yeah, so I finished my manuscript.”

Here, *insert shocked expression* “What?” Rick asked.

“Yeah, it’s 600 pages.” Hayley, his son, said.

“That’s more than anything I’ve written,” Rick told his son.

Hayley said, *insert evil smile and nodding* “I knowww.”

That’s a LoL moment!

Another LOL moment.  Rick said, for his book, as I have mentioned many times(The Lightning Thief for those of you who skimmed this) he had a Japanese translator.  She had to translate all the American phrases into Japanese. Every day he got e-mails from her asking about American terms. One day he got one that said this…

Mr. Riordan,

What is a wedgie?

Hahaha! 😛

Here are some more answers to the top questions his readers may be thinking…

  1. Yes! Rick will write a Norse gods series after Heroes of Olympus.
  2. Yes, the Percy Jackson world and Sadie and Carter’s world DO exist side-by-side. So, in the Red Pyramid, Carter did see Blackjack!!!
  3. Rick does not know if he will make a Red Pyramid movie. He said if he’s offered the right amount, maybe, but he hasn’t considered it much.
  4. Rick does not know if he will continue the Percy Jackson world after “Heroes of Olympus”.
  5. No, the Lotus Casino does not exist.
  6. Rick did not see the movie of The Lightning Thief. He had nothing to do with it. He said he didn’t see the movie, because he already has the characters in his head. If he went to movie, it might’ve messed that up, so he avoided it.

And I happened to notice that right now, The Lightening Thief is on sale for Kindle for $4.99, which is awesome!

If you enjoy reading Rick’s books, you will LOVE seeing him speak in person.  If you get the chance to hear him speak, you should totally do it.  We drove over four hours to get there and it was totally worth it.  And in case your parents are wondering: Yes!  There were lots of kids there.  Most were in Middle School, like me.  To see when he’s touring next, watch his website.  We bought tickets within an hour of the event being posted and got in.  They sold out by later that night, so be ready to grab tickets as soon as they go up or you might not get in.

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That’s all for now Rick Riordan fans! Thank you for reading!!!

Related Reviews: The Lost Hero, The Serpent’s Shadow (Coming soon)