Mormon Writers

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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.
Orson Scott Card is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Mormon Writers
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 (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 ...more
Stephenie Meyer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Mormon Writers
Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse
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 ...more
Glen A. Larson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Mormon Writers
Apollo's War, Knight Rider, Experiment In Terra
television writer and producer, creator of Battlestar Galactica and Knight Rider Glen Albert Larson (January 3, 1937 – November 14, 2014) was an American musician, television producer and writer. His best known work in television was as the creator of the television series ...more
Anne Perry is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Mormon Writers
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 (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 ...more
Tracy Hickman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Mormon Writers
Elven Star, Dragon Wing, Ravenloft
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 ...more
Carol Lynn Pearson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Mormon Writers
Goodbye, I Love You, No More Goodbyes
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 ...more
Shannon Hale is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Mormon Writers
The Goose Girl, Book of a Thousand Days, Princess Academy
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, ...more
Brandon Sanderson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Mormon Writers
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 (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 ...more
James Dashner is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Mormon Writers
The Maze Runner, The Death Cure, The Scorch Trials
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 ...more
Jack Anderson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Mormon Writers
Washington exposé, Confessions of a muckraker, Fiasco
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
Brandon Mull is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Mormon Writers
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 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 ...more
Chris Heimerdinger is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Mormon Writers
Tower of Thunder, A light in the storm, Der Weihnachtszwilling. Eine Geschichte.
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
Ken Jennings is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Mormon Writers
Because I Said So!, Brainiac: Adventures in the Curious, Competitive
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
Terryl Givens is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Mormon Writers
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 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, ...more
Betsy Brannon Green is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Mormon Writers
Hearts in hiding, Christmas in Haggerty
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.
Janet Kay Jensen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Mormon Writers
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 (Logan, Utah) and M.A. Northwestern ...more
Brian Crane is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Mormon Writers
cartoonist, creator of newspaper comic Pickles
Linda Sillitoe is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Mormon Writers
Crazy for living, Welcoming the world, Secrets keep
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 ...more
Scott Johnson (cartoonis... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Mormon Writers
Stephen R. Covey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Mormon Writers
author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People