Ransom Riggs is a writer and filmmaker. He was born in rural Maryland and grew up in Florida. With little else to do at the time, he began making up his own stories for fun, which has grown into a successful writing career. For three summers during high school he attended the University of Virginia's Young Writer's Workshop. He then went to Kenyon College first to study English, then moved out to Los Angeles to go to film school at the University of Southern California.
His first novel was a non-fiction book about Sherlock Holmes, called 'The Sherlock Holmes Handbook', published in 2009. His additional novels include 'Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children', 'Talking Pictures' and 'Strange Geographies'.