meeting seeing James Dashner at LTUE I find myself being somewhat obsessed with him. The truth of the mater is that I have never met an author whose book(s) I have read before. Now that he has validated my existence by talking to me on Twitter I have decided to dedicate my blogging and reading month to the one and only Mr. Dashner.
So, while I didn’t actually MEET James because I was too shy to actually walk up to him and say anything, I did heckle him a few times by shouting across the room. That was fun. I came away from the experience feel like he is the most dedicated and devoted author I have ever met. (See, that is a really bloated compliment considering how many authors I have ACTUALLY met, but we can just ignore that.) This was as close as I got to him. I walked up and took this picture while he was signing someone else’s book and then disappeared into the darkness.
James background is in one of the most boring and uncreative fields ever invented and how he came to be a successful writer is really a mystery to me. LTUE panels were filled with English majors and college professors. But James is trained in numbers. Accounting. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Despite this pathetic life choice he always had a passion for reading and now has been able to translate that passion into a full time career.
In an interview with book blogger Steph Su, Dashner shared a bit of insight (or not) into his writing motivations.
SS: You were an accountant before you became a full-time writer.
Has that job influenced the way you approach storytelling, writing, and publicity? If so, how?
JD: Not too much. Mainly in that it gave me a lot of incentive to get published and make it my career!
Yeah, I really hated accounting.
I hope you will come back throughout the month and listen to me ramble about how great James Dashner is and then go to his blog and read it. Cause he like when you do that. Then comment, cause he like that too. Then say how great I am, just so he doesn’t miss out on that fulfillment in life, i.e. knowing how great I am. Who is this post about again?
Also, if you are reading this post, you are great too. Especially if you recognize my brilliance, or have enjoyed one of James’s books.