Top Ten Tuesday: Authors with Ties to BYU


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  Each week there is a new topic and this week’s topic is a freebie so I’m choosing: Top ten authors with ties to Brigham Young University.

So yeah, I’m just giving a shout out to my Alma Mater there and some of these authors were actually surprising to me. I had no idea!

1) Brandon Sanderson – Author of the very popular Mistborn series as well as The Reckoners series (I’m hoping to start reading the second book Firefight any day now…) He got both his BA and MA from BYU and currently teaches creative writing here as well. Fun fact: Wikipedia informs me that he and Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings were college roommates!
2) James Dashner – Author of The Maze Runner series and The Mortal Doctrine series (along with a couple others). He graduated with a Masters degree in Accounting.
3) Ally Condie – Author of the Matched Trilogy. Graduated with a degree in English Teaching.
4) Becca Fitzpatrick – Author of the Hush, Hush series. She graduated with a degree in Community Health. I think I read the first two from this series and I remember liking them…I’ll have to go back and read them again!
5) Brandon Mull – Most recognized for his Fablehaven series. While at BYU he was part of our sketch comedy group Divine Comedy (the group that feeds into Studio C if anyone’s seen that).
6) Charlie N. Holmberg – She is behind The Paper Magician Trilogy (gorgeous covers!) which I still need to read. It’s on my Kindle…just waiting. She graduated with a BA in English and a minor in Editing in 2010.
7) Stephanie Meyer – Okay, so I’m pretty sure we all know who she is. Twilight. There, I said it. She graduated with a BA in English in 1997.
8) Orson Scott Card – Despite how you may feel about him as a person, I think Ender’s Game is one of the best books ever written and I hate to think that things from his personal life might take away from that for some people. He graduated from BYU in 1975.
9) Shannon Hale – Author of the Princess Academy Series and the Austenland books. While not a graduate or attendee of BYU, she did grow up in Salt Lake. Even though she went to the University of Utah (BOO) she still has some ties to BYU. Next month BYU, in collaboration with Utah Valley University, is putting on a play based on the Princess Academy books. She’ll actually be in attendance for the June 13th matinee and will be answering questions after the show.
10) Nichole Van – Okay, I’m sure this is not a familiar name to most people. She has a series out called the House of Oak series (currently has two books). I LOVED the first one, Intertwine. It’s kind of a time travel/romance/regency era kind of book. I have the second one, Divine, on my Kindle but just haven’t gotten around to reading it. She graduated with an MA in English from BYU and taught Technical Writing here for ten years.

So there’s my list. Are any of your favorite authors on here? Any surprises?