Rick Riordan’s interview for demigods

Rebekah Spector

His inspirations are Roald Dahl, Norton Juster and J. R. R. Tolkien but award-winning author Rick Riordan is an inspiration to all of his fans.

An interview with Rick Riordan
Photo by Micayla Rendon

On Oct. 7, Riordan published the fifth and final book to “The Heroes of Olympus” series titled “The Blood of Olympus” where seven demigods finish their quest to stop the awakening of earth goddess’, Gaea.

To promote his latest book, Riordan, which is rhymes similarly to “fireman,” released tour dates that spanned between Oct. 7 to Oct. 15 in select cities throughout the United States and Canada.

In a one-on-one interview, Riordan was able to answer some questions that he hasn’t been asked before.

During his public presentation where character Coach Hedge warmed-up the crowd, Riordan discussed his childhood, school career and the decisions that he has to make as a multi-award winning author including the Children’s Choice Book Awards.

Blood of olympus
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Riordan grew up not liking school. He “hated” it when he had to play outside or read, which were the common pastimes when he was younger since smartphones weren’t invented. Riordan was also bullied in middle school, making his time there even more dreary.

To escape his miserable experiences with bullies, Riordan finally decided to pick up a book, “The Lord of the Rings” by J.R.R. Tolkien. The book also introduced him to one of his favorite teachers who wrote her college thesis on it.

Riordan no longer worries about bullies, instead he looks forward to how different countries portray his book jackets. He particularly likes the covers from Germany as did the audience.

Riordan is humbled by his success and never looks a gift horse in the mouth. Even with cheesy jokes that make all age groups laugh, he will remain a natural entertainer.

The interview can be seen here: http://bit.ly/1xABisN.