|November 26, 1972
|James Dashner age
|51 YEARS OLD
Children's author who is best known for writing The 13th Reality series as well as the Jimmy Fincher Saga. He published the first book in a third series, The Maze Runner, in 2009 and the book was turned into a 2014 film starring Dylan O'Brien and Kaya Scodelario.
He studied at Brigham Young University, where he earned a degree in accounting. He worked in Finance before beginning his career in writing.
His novel The Journal of Curious Letters was a Borders Original Voices pick in 2008.
He beat out Brandon Sanderson, Brandon Mull, Jeffrey Scott Savage, and Jessica Day George to win the 2008 Whitney Award for Best Youth Fiction.