James Smith Dashner is an American author of many children's fantasy series and adult books, including The 13th Reality series and the Jimmy Fincher Saga. Dashner also wrote the first book of the Infinity Ring series and it is anticipated that he will write the last book as well. Dashner's novel The Journal of Curious Letters was chosen for a 2008 Borders Original Voices pick. He has been published by Cedar Fort, Inc. and by Shadow Mountain Publishing, known for their popular children's novels series Leven Thumps and Fablehaven. However, Delacorte—a division of Random House—is publishing his new series, The Maze Runner, the first of which was released Fall 2009.
James Dashner was born in Austell, Georgia, on November 26, 1972, and has five brothers and sisters. He attended Brigham Young University in Utah, where he received a Masters Degree in Accounting. He worked in finance for a while but then decided to try his hand at writing, having been an avid reader since childhood. Dashner is married to Lynette Anderson from West Valley City, Utah, and together they live in the Rocky Mountains with their four children.
Dashner's books, such as The Thirteenth Reality and The Maze Runner series, are written for young teens. One of his works, the Maze Runner, will be created into a motion picture that is due to release date on September 19, 2014. His work is typically within the adventure, survival, and science-fiction genres. He has been a professional writer for ten years, with his first book, A Door in the Woods, published on June 1, 2003. He has earned many accolades such as his book, The Maze Runner, was on the New York Times Bestseller List for one year. He has earned many awards including: