As Rick Riordan finally ends up the ultimate ebook within the Trials of Apollo collection, he’s wanting forward at what’s to come back.
I spoke with Percy Jackson creator Rick Riordan along side the Tower of Nero cowl reveal and excerpt we’d be debuting on Friday, February 14. We, after all, talked concerning the closing installment within the Trials of Apollo collection, however I additionally had some greater questions on my thoughts:
My headspace is restricted, so I attempt to gate-check most of my baggage earlier than boarding the flight. No, critically, the fifth ebook is all about bringing the story residence. On this case, that’s actually true, since Apollo and Meg return to New York the place our adventures started. The ending must be satisfying for the characters and the readers. That’s the large problem. 5 books is a protracted arc! I don’t do epilogues, like “twenty years sooner or later, listed below are the names of all their youngsters and what sort of automotive they drive,” and many others. I don’t like sealing off the long run like that. However on the finish of Tower of Nero, I hope readers will really feel like they’ve a good suggestion what the long run holds for the essential characters we’ve interacted with, outdated and new.
2. Is there a selected cameo you may tease us with? Is there somebody followers are going to be actually shocked or excited to see?
I teased this on my most up-to-date tour, however Nico di Angelo and Will Solace play giant supporting roles in Tower of Nero. My ears are nonetheless ringing from the joyful screams of followers, so I believe they appreciated that information! We may also see Camp Half-Blood once more, which means Apollo’s kids Kayla and Austin, and our outdated buddy Rachel Elizabeth Dare. That’s only for starters.
3. What has Apollo’s journey meant to you over the course of those 5 books?
Apollo has had essentially the most dramatic character development of any protagonist in any of my collection, I believe. That’s as a result of he was such an unbearable individual originally, as you would possibly count on a god to be. However he’s grown. He’s suffered. He’s realized to be human. That’s been difficult and lots of enjoyable to put in writing. Additionally, Meg’s story has been very painful however essential. She’s a survivor of emotional and psychological abuse by Nero, and in ebook 5, we’ll see how she involves phrases with that legacy. It raises troublesome points about what ‘household’ means, and when it’s important to shield your personal well-being by placing down agency limits with poisonous individuals.
4. Are you able to clarify the Tower of Nero cowl to us? What are a few of your favourite parts?
I all the time love John Rocco’s cowl artwork! This one, like a lot of them, is extra thematic than literal. Not a spoiler, since now we have recognized since ebook 1 that Apollo should face his outdated enemy Python, who has reclaimed the caverns of Delphi. This scene imagines what that closing confrontation is likely to be like. Is Apollo prepared for it? He beat Python earlier than solely as a result of he had godlike energy. Has he gotten sturdy sufficient, and realized sufficient, to beat Python because the lowly Lester Papadopoulos?
5. When the Trials of Apollo collection is full, can we count on to see any of our favourite Percy Jackson heroes once more?
My considering proper now’s I could discover particular person characters’ tales in one-off novels. I acknowledge that with 15 books now in Percy’s world, the concept of diving in could be daunting for brand spanking new readers. That’s lots of backstory! I like the concept of writing stand-alones that, nicely, stand alone, so readers who’ve by no means even learn The Lightning Thief can nonetheless benefit from the story. These novels may concentrate on any of our demigods, however proper now that is simply within the brainstorming section. I haven’t signed any contracts or began any outlines.
6. Are you able to give us any teasers for upcoming initiatives?
When I’m achieved with Tower of Nero, I’ll haven’t any excellent publishing contracts for the primary time in roughly 20 years. I’m positive I’ll preserve writing books. I adore it an excessive amount of to cease! However I’m going to permit myself a second to breathe and benefit from the feeling of not being underneath a deadline. As to what I would do subsequent, I’ve loads of concepts apart from the one-off demigod novels I discussed above. It’s too early to say which concepts I’ll pursue, although.
Within the instant future, I’ve two targets: To proceed curating the Rick Riordan Presents imprint, which has succeeded past our wildest expectations, and to interact with the movie trade after a few years of self-imposed exile, to attempt (operative phrase) to get some trustworthy variations off the bottom. I would love my obituary, hopefully someday within the distant future, to say greater than: “They usually made two crappy motion pictures out of his books.” Extra importantly, my followers would love that, and I owe it to them to do my finest.
7. What’s a dream venture you’d like to work on if you happen to had on a regular basis and vitality to spare?
Truthfully, I really feel like I’m residing my dream venture every single day, each time I begin a brand new ebook. It’s exhausting to think about having a greater job. I like what I do. I like telling tales, and it’s an unbelievable honor to know there are literally individuals on the market who’re ready to learn them!
On the aspect, I like studying languages, so I assume if I may clone myself, I might spend extra time overseas immersing myself in cultures and changing into extra fluent. I’ve spent some weeks in Italy, which is all the time fantastic, however would like to spend extra time there. I not too long ago did a two-week immersion course in Eire, studying the Irish language that my ancestors would have spoken in County Cork. I discover these journeys inspiring and creatively recharging, so I want I had time to do extra of them.
8. This isn’t a query a lot as a thanks for holding us up to date on every thing happening in L.A. We admire your transparency and are so joyful you’re as excited as we’re concerning the prospect of a brand new adaptation!
Hold these fingers crossed! I’m guardedly optimistic we’d get one thing taking place, however it’s a gradual, gradual, gradual course of. We nonetheless have lots of conferences to undergo and nothing is definite.
‘The Trials of Apollo: The Tower of Nero’ by Rick Riordan publishes on September 29, 2020
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