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Mormon Writers

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.
  • Ender's Game, Speaker for the Dead

    BirthplaceRichland, Tri-Cities, Washington, United States of America


    NationalityUnited States of America

    Series WrittenHomecoming Saga, The Mormon Sea, Ender's Game series, Maps in a Mirror: The Short Fiction of Orson Scott Card, The Mayflower Trilogy

    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 (born August 24, 1951) 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  ...more
  • Twilight, New Moon

    BirthplaceHartford, Connecticut, United States of America


    NationalityUnited States of America

    Series WrittenTwilight

    author of Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn, and The Host
    Stephenie Meyer (née Morgan; ; born December 24, 1973) is an American novelist and film producer, best known for her vampire romance series Twilight. The Twilight novels have sold over 100 million  ...more
  • Apollo's War, Knight Rider

    BirthplaceUSA, Long Beach, California


    NationalityUnited States of America

    Series WrittenBuck Rogers Universe, Battlestar Galactica 1

    television writer and producer, creator of Battlestar Galactica and Knight Rider
  • The Cater Street Hangman, Slaves of obsession

    BirthplaceBlackheath, London, London, United Kingdom


    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Series WrittenWilliam Monk, Charlotte and Thomas Pitt

    British historical novelist; author of both the William Monk and Thomas Pitt series, among many other books
    Anne Perry (born Juliet Marion Hulme; 28 October 1938) is an English author of historical detective fiction, best known for her Thomas Pitt and William Monk series. In 1954, at the age of fifteen,  ...more
  • Elven Star, Dragon Wing

    BirthplaceSalt Lake City, Utah


    NationalityUnited States of America

    Series WrittenStarshield, The Death Gate Cycle, Darksword, Starcraft, Sovereign Stone

    Co-author of the popular fantasy series Dragonlance
    Tracy Raye Hickman (born November 26, 1955) is an American fantasy author. He is best known for his work on the Dragonlance novels co-written with Margaret Weis. He is also known for authoring role  ...more
  • Goodbye, I Love You

    BirthplaceSalt Lake City, Utah


    NationalityUnited States of America

    poet, author and playwright
    Carol Lynn Wright Pearson (born December 1, 1939) is an American poet, author, screenwriter, and playwright. A member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), Pearson is best  ...more
  • The Goose Girl, Book of a Thousand Days

    BirthplaceSalt Lake City, Utah


    NationalityUnited States of America

    Newbery Honor recipient for her book Princess Academy
    Shannon Hale (née Shannon Bryner; born January 26, 1974 in Salt Lake City, Utah) is an American author primarily of young adult fantasy, including the Newbery Honor book Princess Academy, She has  ...more
  • The Way of Kings, Mistborn: The Final Empire

    BirthplaceLincoln, Nebraska


    NationalityUnited States of America

    Series WrittenThe Stormlight Archive, Alcatraz Smedry, Wheel of Time, Elantris, Mistborn series

    author of Elantris, Mistborn and Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians, and designated author to complete The Wheel of Time series
    Brandon Sanderson (born December 19, 1975) is an American fantasy and science fiction writer. He is best known for the Cosmere universe, in which most of his fantasy novels (most notably the Mistborn  ...more
  • The Maze Runner, The Death Cure

    BirthplaceAustell, Georgia


    NationalityUnited States of America

    Series WrittenThe Maze Runner Series, The 13th Reality

    author of The 13th Reality and The Maze Runner series
    James Smith Dashner (born November 26, 1972) is an American writer of speculative fiction, primarily series for children or young adults, such as The Maze Runner series and the young adult fantasy  ...more
  • Washington exposé, Confessions of a muckraker

    BirthplaceLong Beach, California


    NationalityUnited States of America

    Pulitzer Prize newspaper columnist and investigative journalist
    Jack Northman Anderson (October 19, 1922 – December 17, 2005) was an American newspaper columnist, syndicated by United Features Syndicate, considered one of the fathers of modern investigative  ...more
  • Beyonders: A World Without Heroes, The Candy Shop War


    NationalityUnited States of America

    Series WrittenFablehaven, Beyonders Trilogy

    author of the "Fablehaven" series and the "Candy Shop War"
    Brandon Mull is an American author best known for his children's fantasy series, Fablehaven, as well as Dragonwatch, The Candy Shop War, the Beyonders trilogy, and the Five Kingdoms series. He also  ...more
  • Tower of Thunder, A light in the storm


    NationalityUnited States of America

    Series WrittenTennis Shoes Adventure Series

    Author of the Tennis Shoes Adventure Series
    Chris Heimerdinger (born August 26, 1963) 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  ...more
  • Because I Said So!, Brainiac: Adventures in the Curious

    BirthplaceEdmonds, Washington, United States of America


    NationalityUnited States of America

    winner of 74 straight Jeopardy matches
    Kenneth Wayne Jennings III (born May 23, 1974) is an American game show contestant, computer scientist, and author. He is the second highest-earning American game show contestant of all time.  ...more
  • By the hand of Mormon, The viper on the hearth

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York


    NationalityUnited States of America

    author of By the Hand of Mormon
    Terryl Lynn Givens is a professor of literature and religion at the University of Richmond, where he holds the James A. Bostwick Chair in English. Givens served a mission in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and  ...more
  • Hearts in hiding, Christmas in Haggerty


    NationalityUnited States of America

    Latter Day Saint mystery/suspense novelist
    Betsy Brannon Green (born June 1, 1958) is a Latter Day Saint mystery/suspense novelist. She is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  ...more
  • The Book Lover's Cookbook

    BirthplaceBerkeley, California


    NationalityUnited States of America

    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 (Logan, Utah) and M.A. Northwestern University  ...more
  • cartoonist, creator of newspaper comic Pickles
  • Crazy for living, Welcoming the world


    journalist, historian and author
    Linda Buhler Sillitoe (July 31, 1948 – April 7, 2010) was an American journalist, poet and historian. She is best known for her journalistic coverage about Mark Hofmann and the "Mormon forgery  ...more
  • Cartoonist
  • author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People