Ridley Pearson


Ridley Pearson

Ridley Pearson, born on March 13, 1953 in Glen Cove, New York, is an American writer. Pearson writes mostly suspense and thrillers, but has more recently begun writing novels for children.

Literary career

Pearson's novels for adults include "Undercurrents" (1988), "The Angel Maker" (1993), "No Witnesses" (1994), "Chain of Evidence" (1995), "Beyond Recognition" (1997), and "The Body of David Hayes" (2004). Pearson became the first American to receive the Raymond Chandler-Fulbright Fellowship at Oxford University in 1991. Many of his stories are set in the neighborhoods in and around Seattle, Washington, many featuring the Seattle Police detective Lou Boldt and forensic psychologist Daphne Mathews.

After his daughter asked him how Peter Pan met Captain Hook, Pearson teamed up with his long-time friend humorist Dave Barry to co-author "Peter and the Starcatchers", a prequel to "Peter Pan", which is published in the US by Disney and by Walker Books in the UK. Pearson and Barry have produced two further prequels – "Peter and the Shadow Thieves" and "Peter and the Secret of Rundoon" – and have announced a fourth called "Peter and the Sword of Mercy". [http://www.ridleypearson.com/appearances.html] Pearson has since been employed by Disney to author a novel set inside the Magic Kingdom theme park in Orlando, Florida. Named "The Kingdom Keepers", it features Disney characters coming to life and Walt Disney leaving clues for the secrets of the park. He has also written a sequel to that novel.

He is also the author of ""—adapted as the film "The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer" (2003)—and three mysteries featuring Chris Klick, under the pseudonyms of Joyce Reardon, Ph.D., and Wendell McCall, respectively.

Personal life

He was raised by his parents, Robert and Betsy Pearson, in Riverside Connecticut along with his siblings Bradley and Wendy. He was educated at the Pomfret School, The University Of Kansas, and Brown University. He currently lives in Saint Louis, Missouri with his wife Marcelle, and their two daughters Paige and Storey. [http://www.ridleypearson.com/biography.html]

He also plays bass guitar and sings for the Rock Bottom Remainders, a band of published authors.

Bibliography

*(2008) The Kingdom Keepers: Disney At Dawn New York: Disney Editions
*(2008) Steel Tr

*cite book | year = 2005 | title = The Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark | publisher = Disney Editions | location = New York | id = ISBN 0-7868-5444-8
*cite book | year = 2005 | title = Cut and Run | publisher = Hyperion | location = New York | id = ISBN 0-7868-6726-4
*cite book | year = 2004 | title = The Body of David Hayes | publisher = Hyperion | location = New York | id = ISBN 0-7868-6725-6
*cite book | last = Barry | first = Dave | authorlink = Dave Barry | coauthors = and Ridley Pearson | others = illus. Greg Call | year = 2004 | title = Peter and the Starcatchers | publisher = Disney Editions | location = New York | id = ISBN 0-7868-5445-6
*cite book | year = 2002 | title = The Art of Deception | publisher = Hyperion | location = New York | id = ISBN 0-7868-6724-8
*cite book | year = 2001 | title = Parallel Lies | publisher = Hyperion | location = New York | id = ISBN 0-7868-6564-4
*cite book | year = 2000 | title = Middle of Nowhere | publisher = Hyperion | location = New York | id = ISBN 0-7868-6563-6
*cite book | year = 1999 | title = The First Victim | publisher = Hyperion | location = New York | id = ISBN 0-7868-6440-0
*cite book | year = 1998 | title = The Pied Piper | publisher = Hyperion | location = New York | id = ISBN 0-7868-6300-5
*cite book | year = 1997 | title = Beyond Recognition | publisher = Hyperion | location = New York | id = ISBN 0-7868-6240-8
*cite book | year = 1995 | title = Chain of Evidence | publisher = Hyperion | location = New York | id = ISBN 0-7868-6172-X
*cite book | year = 1994 | title = No Witnesses | publisher = Hyperion | location = New York | id = ISBN 0-7868-6066-9
*cite book | year = 1993 | title = The Angel Maker | publisher = Delacorte Press | location = New York | id = ISBN 0-385-30139-1
*cite book | year = 1992 | title = Hard Fall | publisher = Delacorte Press | location = New York | id = ISBN 0-385-30138-3
*cite book | year = 1990 | title = Probable Cause | publisher = St Martin's Press | location = New York | id = ISBN 0-312-03914-X
*cite book | year = 1988 | title = Undercurrents | publisher = St. Martin's Press | location = New York | id = ISBN 0-312-01841-X
*cite book | year = 1987 | title = The Seizing of Yankee Green Mall | publisher = St. Martin's Press | location = New York | id = ISBN 0-312-00703-5 (later republished as "Hidden Charges")
*cite book | year = 1986 | title = Blood of the Albatross | publisher = St. Martin's Press | location = New York | id = ISBN 0-312-08448-X
*cite book | year = 1985 | title = Never Look Back | publisher = St. Martin's Press | location = New York | id = ISBN 0-312-56475-9

References

External links

* [http://www.ridleypearson.com/ Official site]
* [http://wiredforbooks.org/ridleypearson/ 1986 audio interview of Ridley Pearson by Don Swaim of CBS Radio, RealAudio]
* [http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/lifestyle/stories.nsf/homedecor/story/EB2A9EE6410D0825862571B2005498D1?OpenDocument Interview, from the "St. Louis Post-Dispatch"]


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