James Dashner

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James Dashner
James Dashner at CONduit 17.png
Dashner at CONduit 17
Born (1972-11-26) November 26, 1972 (age 42)[1]
Austell, Georgia, USA
Occupation Novelist
Nationality American
Period 2003–present
Genre Fantasy, science fiction, children's literature
Notable works The 13th Reality, The Maze Runner

James Smith Dashner (born November 26, 1972) is an American writer of speculative fiction, primarily series for children or young adults, such as the young adult fantasy series 13th Reality. His 2008 novel The Journal of Curious Letters, first in the series, was one of the annual Borders Original Voices picks.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Dashner was born on November 26, 1972 in Austell, Georgia, to Linda and James Dashner.[3] One of six children, he is a graduate of Duluth High School and Brigham Young University in Utah, where he received a master's degree in accounting.[4] Dashner and his wife Lynette have four children.[5]

Published works[edit]

Dashner's books are written for young teens. His work is typically within the adventure, survival, and science-fiction genres.

The Maze Runner, his most widely-distributed book, reached 100 weeks' standing on the New York Times Best Seller list for Children's Series on September 21, 2014,[6] two days after the release of the motion picture adaptation of the book.

The Jimmy Fincher Saga
  • A Door in the Woods (2003)
  • A Gift of Ice (2004)
  • The Tower of Air (2004)
  • War of the Black Curtain (2005)
The 13th Reality series
The Maze Runner series
The Infinity Ring series[8]
  • A Mutiny in Time (Book 1) (2012)
  • The Iron Empire (Book 7) (2014)
The Mortality Doctrine


The Maze Runner and The Death Cure have been nominated or awarded many American state children's literary awards.[9][10]


  1. ^ "Georgia Authors: James Dashner". Georgia Center for the Book. Retrieved 15 October 2014. 
  2. ^ James Dashner. "Great News from Borders Bookstores". jamesdashner.com. 
  3. ^ http://myauthor.weebly.com/
  4. ^ Stettler, Jeremiah (6 Mar 2008). "Quitting his day job". Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 15 October 2014. 
  5. ^ Vice, Jeff (23 April 2010). "James Dashner hits it big with series". Deseret News. 
  6. ^ "Best Sellers > Series Books". The New York Times Book Review. 21 September 2014. 
  7. ^ Kellog, Carolyn (2014-09-25). "More 'Maze Runner': James Dashner penning prequel for 2016". Jacket Copy (Los Angeles Times). 
  8. ^ Pavao, Kate (2012-08-02). "Q & A with James Dashner". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 15 October 2014. 
  9. ^ "The Maze Runner - Awards". Random House. Retrieved 15 October 2014. 
  10. ^ "The Death Cure - Awards". Random House. Retrieved 15 October 2014. 

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