James Smith Dashner (born November 26, 1972) is an American writer of speculative fiction, primarily series for children or young adults, such as The Maze Runner series and the young adult fantasy series the 13th Reality. His 2008 novel The Journal of Curious Letters, first in the series, was one of the annual Borders Original Voices picks.
Dashner at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con International
|Born||James Smith Dashner|
November 26, 1972
Austell, Georgia, United States
|Genre||Fantasy, science fiction, children's literature|
|Notable works||The 13th Reality, The Maze Runner, The Mortality Doctrine|
In 2018, Dashner was dropped by his agent, Michael Bourret, and by his publisher, Penguin Random House, following accusations of sexual harassment; Dashner replied in a statement, "I am taking any and all criticisms and accusations very seriously, and I will seek counseling and guidance to address them."
James Dashner was born on November 26, 1972 in Austell, Georgia, as one of six children in the family. He was raised a Mormon. At the age of 10, he would type on his parents' typewriter. He graduated from Duluth High School in 1991. He moved from Atlanta, Georgia to Provo, Utah to study at Brigham Young University, where he received a master's degree in accounting. Dashner and his wife, Lynette Anderson, a former student of Brigham Young University, have four children and are now living in Utah.
Sexual harassment allegations
In February 2018, comments were posted anonymously on the School Library Journal website, alleging that Dashner had engaged in sexual harassment. Four comments claimed harassment by Dashner, and two more said that they had reported him in a Medium survey about harassment. A commenter later claimed to have been one of the accusers, and said that they "made it up". One of those commenters claimed to have been subject to "months of manipulation, grooming and gaslighting".
"I didn't honor or fully understand boundaries and power dynamics. I can sincerely say that I have never intentionally hurt another person. But to those affected, I am so deeply sorry. I am taking any and all criticisms and accusations very seriously, and I will seek counseling and guidance to address them."
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 Journal of Curious Letters (2008), selected as a Borders Original Voices pick
- The Hunt for Dark Infinity (2009)
- The Blade of Shattered Hope (2010)
- The Void of Mist and Thunder (2012)
- The Maze Runner (2009)
- The Scorch Trials (2010)
- The Death Cure (2011)
- The Kill Order (2012)
- The Fever Code (2016)
- A Mutiny in Time (Book 1) (2012)
- The Iron Empire (Book 7) (2014)
- The Mortality Doctrine
- Dashner, James (February 15, 2018). "A message from me to you..." Twitter. Archived from the original on February 22, 2018. Retrieved February 22, 2018.
- "Georgia Authors: James Dashner". Georgia Center for the Book. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
- "About Dashner's Life". jdashnerdaily.com.
- Stettler, Jeremiah (6 Mar 2008). "Quitting his day job". Salt Lake Tribune. Archived from the original on 19 October 2014. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
- Vice, Jeff (23 April 2010). "James Dashner hits it big with series". Deseret News.
- Flood, Alison (16 February 2018). "Maze Runner author James Dashner dropped by US publisher amid harassment claims". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 February 2018.
- Romano, Nick (15 February 2018). "Maze Runner author says he'll 'seek counseling' following misconduct claims". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
- Cohen, Patricia; Hsu, Tiffany (February 15, 2018). "Children's Book Industry Has Its #MeToo Moment". The New York Times. Archived from the original on February 22, 2018. Retrieved February 22, 2018.
- "Best Sellers > Series Books". The New York Times Book Review. 21 September 2014.
- James Dashner. "Great News from Borders Bookstores". jamesdashner.com.
- Dashner announces The Fever Code on Twitter
- Kellog, Carolyn (2014-09-25). "More 'Maze Runner': James Dashner penning prequel for 2016". Jacket Copy. Los Angeles Times.
- Pavao, Kate (2012-08-02). "Q & A with James Dashner". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
- James Dashner. "The Mortality Doctrine series". jamesdashner.com.
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