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James Dashner

El Templo #43 (diciembre 2014) por Lucía Gayo


Although your bibliography has already reached sixteen novels, we would like to start this interview asking about your early years as a writer. Was it something you always wanted to become? How did your first opportunities to get published arise?

I definitely wanted to be a writer since I was a little kid. Even at the age of seven or eight, I wrote short stories, many of them awful! But I loved doing it. When it came time to attend college, that dream to become an author still lived inside of me, but my practical side knew it was really tough to make a good living that way. So I studied accounting of all things, and worked in that field for a few years. But during those years I worked hard at my writing, getting published by a tiny publisher, then a medium-sized publisher, then my big break with The Maze Runner.

You were introduced to us in Spain thanks to The Maze Runner trilogy. Did you ever dare to imagine it would become such a successful saga? What do you think were the key points that to make it a success?

I definitely hoped, dream, imagined, whatever you want to call it. But did I really and truly believe it would ever get this big? Absolutely not. It still seems crazy to me, even the fact that a Spanish magazine wants to interview me. I can honestly say that I’ll never take this for granted, however. I try to enjoy it each and every day, remembering what it was like to be an accountant! As for why it’s successful, I think it’s a story that was just in the right place at the right time, and I feel very fortunate. 

If you were in the Glade, which character would portrait your behaviour there better? Would you dare to become a runner?

Are you kidding?I’m way too much of a scaredy-cat to be a runner. I’m pretty sure I’d end up being one of the Sloppers, cleaning up after everyone else. 

In your website you mention that The Maze Runner was influenced by Ender's Game and Lord of the Flies. Which aspects of these books do you think are the most interesting? What other books have left a mark in you?

I just always loved the concepts in those books of people being taken from their normal lives and put into a completely different, terrifying setting. It provides plenty of room for adventure and mystery, but also it’s a great canvas to study the human spirit and create compelling characters. In the end, that’s what truly makes a story memorable. 

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