Rick Riordan was born on June 5, 1964, in San Antonio, Texas. After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a double major in English and history, he taught in public and private middle schools for many years. He writes several childrens series including Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Kane Chronicles, and The Heroes of Olympus. He also writes the Tres Navarre mystery series for adults. His short fiction has been featured in Mary Higgins Clark Mystery Magazine and Ellery Queens Mystery Magazine. He has won Edgar, Anthony, and Shamus Awards for his mystery novels. His titles, The Son of Sobek, The House of Hades and The Mark of Athena made The New York Times Best Seller List.