Dashner at CONduit 17
November 26, 1972 |
Georgia, United States
|Genres||Fantasy, Science Fiction|
|Notable work(s)||The 13th Reality, The Maze Runner|
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 participated the 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:
- New York State Charlotte Award
- Kentucky Bluegrass Award
- Oregon Reader’s Choice Award
- New Hampshire Isinglass Teen Read Award
- Missouri Truman Reader's Award
- Illinois Abraham Lincoln Award
- Tennessee Volunteer State Book Award
- Arizona Grand Canyon Reader Award
- Georgia Peach Book Award
- New Jersey Garden State Book Award
The Jimmy Fincher Saga
The Jimmy Fincher Series is a fantasy series written by James Dashner. This is a young adult fantasy series about a young boy that discovers wooden door that is a portal to other worlds.
A Door in the Woods is the first book in the Jimmy Fincher series, it was published in 2003. The book is about a boy that discovers an old door while he is in his backyard climbing a tree. This one accidental find sets off a chain of events and Jimmy finds himself in the midst of very strange situations, in a month Jimmy witnesses an ancient legend come to life, is a part of a conspiracy of madmen decades old, discovers strange portals to other worlds. He comes face to face with villains named Raspy and Shadow Ka.
- The 13th Reality series
- The Journal of Curious Letters (2008)
- The Hunt for Dark Infinity (2009)
- The Blade of Shattered Hope (2010)
- The Void of Mist and Thunder (2012)
- The Maze Runner series
- The Infinity Ring series
- The Mortality Doctrine
- Library of Congress Authority Record, n2003037103, "Dashner, James, 1972–" authorities.loc.gov
- James Dashner. "Great News from Borders Bookstores". jamesdashner.com.
- Dashner, at Cedar Fort, Inc (cedarfort.com)