UK Cover version of the Mark of Athena book.
Rick Riordan was amazingly gracious enough to answer a boat load of questions from fans via Twitter. Here are the ones regarding the books.
Q: @Maggheera Is Drew in the Serpent’s Shadow the same Drew as the one in The Lost Hero?
A: Yes. 😀
A: A true cliffhanger means characters end the story in imminent danger. Most of my endings aren’t actually cliffhangers. They just leave unanswered questions. Mark of Athena, however, ah… never mind.
Q: @Pob584 how did Frank & Hazel kill the Giant in S.o.N when they can only be killed by Gods & Demi-gods working together?
A: The giant Alcyoneus is unique. He is only immortal in the land where he spawned, in this case, Alaska. Once outside, he’s fair game.
Q: @brogueskittles Tell me Nico is safe! Tell me he’s gonna have a bigger role!
A: Nico has a key role in MoA but demigods are rarely safe!
Q: @AtrociouslyMad Will we be getting a Percy and Annabeth reunion in MoA or not?
A: Don’t think it’s too much of a spoler to say yes.
A: If I did, that would be way down the line. Heroes & Norse series first.
Q: @cs412 How come, in the new series, not all demigods have ADHD and dyslexia?
A: That’s true in PJO too. Many demigods do, but not all.
Q: @ItsSimplyGaby Is there anything that you could say about the Leo/Sammy thing in MoA?
A: No spoilers. Sorry! But it will be explained in MoA
A: I don’t know. I’ve never had a reason to determine it, at least not yet.
A: She will make an appearance later in the Heroes series. Right now, that’s all I can say
Q: @JoshuaDanielss Out of the characters in the HoO, which is your favorite to write about?
A: Gleeson Hedge. He cracks me up. Also Leo.
Q: @im_a_halfblood Are you planning on writing another Camp Half-Blood series?
A: Like I said, that’s waaaay far in the future, but some day, I’d like to do 1 more CHB series where all the action actually happens at camp, b/c most of the other books happen on quests. That’s part of the story that hasn’t been told, & would be fun. But like I said, that’s way, way in the future, so don’t hold your breath.
Q: (got buried) Any characters based on real life?
A: Yeah. Mrs. Dodds is a real math teacher, but she’s not actually a monster. Mr. Brunner (aka Chiron) is a real Latin teacher. Travis & Connor Stoll, Beckendorf, Miranda & Nico are named for former students of mine.
Q: @jvolr I heard a rumor that Thalia will die in The Mark of Athena, you confirm?
A: I can confirm that you shouldn’t listen to rumors.
Q: @OnlyDemigods_Hi Uncle Rick, what’s your favorite character from the Percy Jackson?
A: Grover or Tyson. They’re so fun to write about.
A: Only because the first draft is so bad and my deadline is so close. 😀 No, actually I got teary-eyed when I wrote one scene in Mark of Athena, and no, I can’t tell you what it was. Yes, I know that’s mean.
Q: @Jackieromano199 after the TitansCurse, Annabeth and Percy’s Grey streaks are never mentioned…shouldn’t someone question them?
A: Actually that question will be addressed in Mark of Athena.
Q: Someone (sry got buried) asked what’s my favorite ship in my books.
A: The Argo II. Oh . . . not that kind of ship?
Q: @kklorman2 Who would you rather have: Festus or Blackjack?
A: At the risk of hurting Blackjack’s feelings, Festus for sure.
Q: @TheNightCountry why is the book cover art different from the UK and the USA versions?
A: different publishers make diff. covers. The thinking is UK kids r attracted to different cover art than US kids. *shrug* Each publisher has final say over the cover in that country.
You’ll notice that the humor in his writing only comes naturally due to his humor in some of his answers. You’ll be able to see more of it in the rest of his questions, which you can read on his blogsite here.