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 41)[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 YA 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]


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.[3]


Dashner has been a professional writer since June 1, 2003 the date his first book, A Door in the Woods, was published.

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

His book, The Maze Runner, was on the New York Times Bestseller List for one year, and was made into a major motion picture that was released on September 19, 2014.

He has earned many awards including:[3]


The Jimmy Fincher Saga
The 13th Reality series
The Maze Runner series
''Infinity Ring'' series
The Mortality Doctrine


  1. ^ Library of Congress Authority Record, n2003037103, "Dashner, James, 1972–" authorities.loc.gov
  2. ^ James Dashner. "Great News from Borders Bookstores". jamesdashner.com. 
  3. ^ a b http://jamesdashner.com/about/

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