James Dashner at a writing conference in Midway. We had a fun group that weekend with Nicole Giles, Eric Swedin, Heather Moore and a few others that escape my memory. I believe Heather had an ARC of Maze runner that night and I was dying to get my hands on it. (I almost stooped to stealing but I'm proud to say I didn't.)
Our group had a great time that weekend talking and laughing. James told me about his goal to quit his accounting job (can you imagine him working numbers all day?). He had a specific day he would become a full time author. He worked hard on his writing and accomplished his goal. I totally admire his tenacity and talent. We can all learn from him.
He has such an easy, happy way with people. He can put anyone at ease. And he's funny! Be prepared not to be drinking anything while he's talking.
Oh. And just a heads up, he loves horseradish and will steal all of it if given the chance.
Hop over to The Dashner Dude's blog and say hi!