After several years working in finance, he decided it was time to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a published children's author, and he is now a full-time writer.
James lives in the Rocky Mountains with his family. A new Maze Runner novel, titled The Fever Code, comes out in 2016.
The Maze Runner is out now!
After months and months of waiting, the MAZE RUNNER movie finally hit the big screen on Friday! Directed by Wes Ball, the film adaptation features a whole bunch of talented stars - including Will Poulter, Were the Millers actor and winner of the 2014 BAFTA Rising Star Award, Skins actress Kaya Scodelario, Game of Thrones and Love Actually actor Thomas Brodie-Sangster, and lead actor Dylan OBrien, best known for Teen Wolf.
And the reviews have started pouring in! Check out a couple of our faves ...
'While we're always a bit dubious when our fave books are made into movies, The Maze Runner nails it and sticks a cherry on top for good measure. Dylan's amazing in the lead role ... and we were literally on the edge of our seat the entire time.' SUGARSCAPE
'... as someone who hasnt read any of the books but was gripped from the get-go, it feels like another hit.' THE TELEGRAPH
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Chicken House Announces The Publication Of A New Book In The No.1 New York Times Bestselling Maze Runner Series By James Dashner
Prequel novel to The Maze Runner to be published in 2016
The Maze Runner movie reaches #1 at the box office on opening weekend in USA
Twentieth Century Fox movie opens in the UK 10th October
Book two, The Scorch Trials, to release as major motion picture Autumn 2015
Somerset, UK. 7th October 2014 - Chicken House Publishing Ltd. will publish the fifth novel in James Dashner's #1 New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series, which has sold 7 million copies worldwide, as announced today by publisher Barry Cunningham.
THE FEVER CODE reveals the time directly before The Maze Runner and will tell the story of how Thomas, Teresa and the Gladers found themselves trapped in the Maze and how it was created. Dashner's The Maze Runnner movie will be released in cinemas in the UK on 10th October. It opened last month in the USA at #1 at the box office. The deal, which includes UK, Commonwealth and Open Market rights, was brokered by Barry Cunningham, Publisher, Chicken House and Caspian Dennis at Abner Stein on behalf of Lauren Abramo at Dystel & Goderich Literary Management.
The second movie based on the series, entitled Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, is scheduled to release on 18th September 2015.
'From the very beginning, I've always wanted to write a prequel about Thomas, Teresa, Newt, Minho, Alby and all the Gladers that leads up to the very moment Thomas enters the Box. There are so many things hinted at that will be fun to reveal in depth. For years, fans have made it abundantly and enthusiastically clear that they want the same thing, so now seems like the perfect time to give readers the story of how the Maze began.' JAMES DASHNER
With 7 million copies of the series sold (whose titles include The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials, The Death Cure, and The Kill Order), a major motion picture from Twentieth Century Fox of The Maze Runner - which opened at #1 in 62 countries to date, and will have rung up over $200 million in ticket sales after opening in the UK and Italy this weekend- and a second major motion picture slated for The Scorch Trials, the series continues to gain fans worldwide.
'We are delighted to be James' publisher and to see the rise, and rise, of his pulse-pounding Maze Runner series, now about to reach an even wider audience this week with the UK movie opening. More than any other author we have had the good fortune to work with, James understands and believes in his audience. We are thrilled to be part of sharing THE FEVER CODE, the new book he felt compelled to write.' BARRY CUNNINGHAM
James Dashner is the award-winning author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series. Born and raised in Georgia, Dashner now lives in Utah with his family. You can follow James on Twitter @jamesdashner or via his Facebook page and website.
Chicken House Publishing Ltd was founded in 2000 by Barry Cunningham, Publisher, with Rachel Hickman, Deputy MD. Over the last decade, Chicken House has demonstrated that a small, creative publishing team based in England can make an impact on an international scale. Owned by Scholastic Inc., the world's largest children's publisher since 2005, Chicken House books are sold in the UK, Australia and New Zealand, and via its export companies around the world. In 2010, Chicken House Deutschland was set up with Carlsen, who publish the Maze Runner series in translation. Follow @mazerunnerbooks
The Trials are over.
WICKED have collected all the information they can. Now it's up to the Gladers to complete the blueprint for the cure to the Flare with a final voluntary test. But something has happened that no one at WICKED has foreseen: Thomas has remembered more than they think. And he knows WICKED can't be trusted ...
The time for lies is over. But the truth is more dangerous than anyone could have imagined. With the Gladers divided, can they all make it?
NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE!
The first book in James Dashner's New York Times bestselling series – now major movies!
When the doors of the lift crank open, the only thing Thomas remembers is his first name. But he's not alone. He's surrounded by boys who welcome him to the Glade – a walled encampment at the centre of a bizarre and terrible stone maze.
Like Thomas, the Gladers don't know why or how they came to be there or what's happened to the world outside. All they know is that every morning when the walls slide back, they will risk everything – even the half-machine-half-animal Grievers that patrol the corridors – to try and find out.