James Dashner . Born: 11/25/1972 in Austell, Georgia, USA Jump to Related Articles Photos Filmography Biography Filmography Writer (1) The Scorch Trials 2015 (Movie) (from novel: "The Scorch Trials") (Source Material) Biography . EDUCATION Brigham Young University Masters in Accounting. Milestones 2014 "The Maze Runner" debuts in theaters Bonus Trivia . Prior to becoming a hugely successful author, Dashner worked for several years as an accountant. . His popular Maze Runner book series was inspired by Ender's Game and Lord of the Flies.