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List of notable or famous Mormon writers and authors. These literary professionals, working in a variety of disciplines, media and formats, are all members in good standing of the Church of Latter Day Saints, and are considered practicing Mormons. Many have been directly involved in representing Mormonism in their work, though the majority write mainstream books aimed at a secular audience. They include "Jeopardy" world champion and geography enthusiast Ken Jennings, "Ender's Game" author Orson Scott Card and Stephanie Meyer, the creator of the massively popular "Twilight" series of novels (and later films.)

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (sometimes known simply as the LDS Church or the Mormon Church) is the largest denomination in the "Latter Day Saint Movement" inspired by the message of Joseph Smith. The church currently claims 14.1 million adherents around the world, with 50,000 missionaries currently serving worldwide. The church models its teachings and organizations on Joseph Smith's original Church of Christ, founded in 1830.

The Mormon culture that inspired some of these artists is also distinctive in many ways, both because of the geographical center of Mormonism in the Intermountain West and the family-oriented worldview of the church itself.

Jack Anderson Washington exposé, Confessions of a muckraker, Fiasco Pulitzer Prize newspaper columnist and investigative journalist Jack Northman Anderson was an American newspaper columnist, syndicated by United Features Syndicate, considered one of the fathers of modern investigative journalism. Anderson won the 1972 ...more

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Orson Scott Card Ender's Game, Speaker for the Dead, Ender's Shadow author working in several genres, but primarily known for his science fiction work. Hugo Award and the Nebula Award winner for Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead Orson Scott Card is an American novelist, critic, public speaker, essayist and columnist. He writes in several genres but is known best for science fiction. His novel Ender's Game and its sequel ...more

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Brian Crane cartoonist, creator of newspaper comic Pickles

James Dashner The Maze Runner, The Death Cure, The Scorch Trials author of The 13th Reality and The Maze Runner series James Smith Dashner is an American writer of speculative fiction, primarily series for children or young adults, such as the young adult fantasy series 13th Reality. His 2008 novel The Journal ...more

Terryl Givens By the hand of Mormon, The viper on the hearth, The Latter-day Saint experience in America author of By the Hand of Mormon Terryl Lynn Givens is professor of literature and religion at the University of Richmond, where he holds the James A. Bostwick Chair in English. Givens teaches courses in 19th century studies ...more

Betsy Brannon Green Hearts in hiding, Christmas in Haggerty Latter Day Saint mystery/suspense novelist Betsy Brannon Green is a Latter Day Saint mystery/suspense novelist. In 2010 she was nominated for a Whitney Award for her mystery–suspense novel, Murder by the Book.

Shannon Hale The Goose Girl, Book of a Thousand Days, Princess Academy Newbery Honor recipient for her book Princess Academy Shannon Hale is an American author of young adult fantasy and adult fiction, including the Newbery Honor book Princess Academy, the Books of Bayern series, two adult novels, and two graphic ...more

Chris Heimerdinger Tower of Thunder, A light in the storm, Der Weihnachtszwilling. Eine Geschichte. Author of the Tennis Shoes Adventure Series Chris Heimerdinger is an American author who has written twenty novels for adults and young adults, most famously the Tennis Shoes Adventure Series. He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ ...more

Tracy Hickman Elven Star, Dragon Wing, Ravenloft Co-author of the popular fantasy series Dragonlance Tracy Raye Hickman is a best-selling fantasy author who has written, or co-written more than thirty novels. He is best known for his work as a writer on the Dragonlance novels. He is also known ...more

Ken Jennings Because I Said So!, Brainiac: Adventures in the Curious^! Competitive^! Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs winner of 74 straight Jeopardy matches Kenneth Wayne "Ken" Jennings III is an American game show contestant and author. Jennings holds the record for the longest winning streak on the U.S. syndicated game show Jeopardy! and ...more

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Janet Kay Jensen The Book Lover's Cookbook Utah novelist; author of the award winning novel Don't You Marry the Mormon Boys and co-author of The Book Lover's Cookbook Janet Kay Jensen is an American author. She was born April 3, 1951 in Berkeley, California. She earned the following degrees: B.S.Utah State University and M.A. Northwestern University. Jensen ...more

Glen A. Larson Apollo's War, Knight Rider, Experiment In Terra television writer and producer, creator of Battlestar Galactica and Knight Rider Glen Albert Larson was an American television producer and writer best known as the creator of the television series Battlestar Galactica, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Quincy, M.E., The ...more

Stephenie Meyer Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse author of Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn, and The Host Stephenie Meyer is an American young-adult fiction writer and film producer, best known for her vampire romance series Twilight. The Twilight novels have gained worldwide recognition and sold ...more

Brandon Mull Beyonders: A World Without Heroes, The Candy Shop War, Fablehaven author of the "Fablehaven" series and the "Candy Shop War" Brandon Mull is an American writer who is best known as the author of the Fablehaven fantasy series, which is a New York Times bestseller. Mull has also written The Candy Shop War and the ...more

Carol Lynn Pearson Goodbye^! I Love You, No More Goodbyes, The Christmas Play poet, author and playwright Carol Lynn Wright Pearson is an American poet, author, screenwriter, and playwright. Her parents were Lelland Rider Wright and Emeline Sirrine Wright. Her mother died of breast cancer when Carol ...more

Anne Perry The Cater Street Hangman, Slaves of obsession, Ashworth Hall: A Novel British historical novelist; author of both the William Monk and Thomas Pitt series, among many other books Anne Perry is an English author of historical detective fiction, best known for her Thomas Pitt series and William Monk series. She was convicted of participating in the murder of her friend's ...more

Brandon Sanderson The Way of Kings, Mistborn: The Final Empire, The Gathering Storm author of Elantris, Mistborn and Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians, and designated author to complete The Wheel of Time series Brandon Sanderson is an American writer. He is best known for his Mistborn series and his work in finishing Robert Jordan's epic fantasy series The Wheel of Time. In 2010, Sanderson published ...more

Linda Sillitoe Crazy for living, Welcoming the world, Secrets keep journalist, historian and author Linda Buhler Sillitoe was an American journalist, poet and historian. She is best known for her journalistic coverage about Mark Hofmann and the "Mormon forgery murders." Her ...more