Ransom Riggs is an American writer and filmmaker best known for the book Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. He was born in Maryland in February 1979 and grew up in Florida where he attended Pine View School for the Gifted. He studied English literature at Kenyon College. He later studied film at the University of Southern California.
He started writing stories when he was young, on an old typewriter that jammed and longhand on legal pads. When given a camera for Christmas he became obsessed with photography and later when finding a semi-broken video camera started making movies with his friends. As well as taking photos he likes finding and collecting old photos.
With his curious collection of vernacular photographs he approached his publisher, Quirk Books, about using some of them in a picture book. But a suggestion from an editor saw Riggs put together a narrative to accompany the photos and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was created. There are now six novels in the Miss Peregrine series along with books to accompany the series.
Ransom Riggs lives in Los Angeles with his wife, a fellow novelist, Tahereh Mafi.
For more information about Ransom Riggs and his books, visit www.ransomriggs.com.
Books in Order:
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2011)
Hollow City (2014)
Library of Souls (2015)
Tales of the Peculiar – short stories collection (2016)
A Map of Days (2018)
The Conference of the Birds (2020)
The Desolations of Devil’s Acre (2021)
Miss Peregrine’s Museum of Wonders (2022)