STL CELEBRITY FAQ: Ridley Pearson
Claim to Fame: New York Times best-seller list author.
Neighborhood: West St. Louis County.
Passion: The Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, bicycling and played in a rock band with other best-selling authors including Dave Barry, Amy Tan and Stephen King.
Honors: Recipient of the Missouri Writers Hall of Fame Quill Award and was awarded the Raymond Chandler-Fulbright Fellowship in detective fiction from Oxford University
More: Ridley has crafted suspense and thriller novels for adults including the “Killer” series focusing on the small town sheriff character named Walt Fleming. He teamed with friend and fellow writer Dave Barry on Peter and the Starcatcher, which was a prequel to the Peter Pan tale. The novel was transformed into a Broadway show of the same name and went on to win five Tony Award and received the mostTony nominations in history. Three additional “Peter” prequels followed. Young readers are avid fans of Ridley’s The Kingdom Keepers, a series of fantasy and suspense novels about what happens at night in Disney’s Magic Kingdom.