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.
Dashner was born on November 26, 1972 in Austell, Georgia, to Linda and James Dashner. 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. Dashner and his wife Lynette have four children.
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, 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
- 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.