James Dashner has earned praise from readers and critics for his intricate plots and sympathetic characters who are challenged by extraordinary situations in fantastical surroundings. This volume reveals Dashner's story: His birth in Austell, Georgia, his days as an accounting student at Brigham Young University, and his creation of the Jimmy Fincher saga, The 13th Reality series, and The Maze Runner, among other YA fantasy novels. The book describes Dashner's writing technique and his advice to aspiring young authors. Sidebars focus on his writing process. For easy reference, there are fact sheets on his life, works, and critical reviews, as well as a timeline.