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Ridley Pearson: Disney’s Man of Mystery!

May 07, 2012

Five young teens transform into holograms to help save Disney World from being overthrown by Sleeping Beauty’s Maleficent, who comes alive at night after the theme park is closed. This thrilling high-tech mystery tale is the first in a series of five Kingdom Keepers books by Ridley Pearson, this week’s featured author on The Studio.

Pearson’s an award-winning author of dozens of crime fiction novels and adventure stories, which have been translated into 22 languages. When his daughter asked him how Peter Pan met Captain Hook, Pearson co-wrote (with Dave Barry) Peter and the Starcatchers, a prequel to J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan. The best-selling book was recently turned into a successful Tony Award–nominated Broadway play.

Where does Pearson get his inspirations? “I’ve been a storyteller much of my life, and I think the novels allow me to express that,” Ridley says. “My ideas come from experience, newspapers, listening to others, observation. It’s all around us. Everything has a story if you take the time to listen and look for it.”

The author, who started writing when he was 10, likes to climb trees and sometimes plays bass guitar in an all-authors’ rock ’n’ roll band. (After college, Pearson toured with a folk band.) He also holds a VIP pass that gets him free entrance into any Disney theme park in the world—which might explain why the Kingdom Keepers know so many park secrets!