James Smith Dashner is an American author of many children's fantasy series and adult books, including The 13th Reality series, the Jimmy Fincher Saga, and The Maze Runner trilogy.
His 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 Press, known for their popular children's novels series Leven Thumps and Fablehaven. However, it has been Delacorte— a division of Random House— that published his new series, The Maze Runner, the first of which was out Fall 2009. The Maze Runner is followed by the New York Times best selling sequel, The Scorch Trials and The Death Cure. Dashner recently announced that he will be releasing a prequel to The Maze Runner Trilogy entitled The Kill Order which l be was released in August 2012.
James Dashner was born in Georgia and attended Brigham Young University. Dashner currently lives in South Jordan City, Utah and is married with four children.