James Dashner is an American writer of science fiction and children's literature. His 2008 novel The Journal of Curious Letters, first in the series, was one of the annual Borders Original Voices picks. He has won several other awards, such as the 2008 Whitney Award for Best Youth Fiction for the series 13th Reality, the 2011 ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults Award and the 2012 Young Reader's Choice Award for The Maze Runner Series. When he's not busy writing, James loves reading, skiing, watching movies and his favorite TV shows. Born in Austell, Georgia, he now lives with his family in the rocky mountains of Utah.