31. Tracy Hickman
Science fiction and fantasy writer Tracy Hickman is the author of the New York Times best-selling Dragon Lance Chronicles series (co-authored with Margaret Weis, with whom he has since collaborated on more than 30 novels). His solo works include the Drakis series, The Immortals, and Starcraft: Speed of Darkness. He even wrote a Batman novel for DC comics titled Wayne of Gotham.
Hickman is also a game designer, having written several adventure games with his wife, Laura. In fact, the husband-and-wife team have been publishing game designs together for over 25 years, including the popular and innovative Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Ravenloft module in 1983. They have also written several novels together, publishing their first joint novel, Mystic Warrior, in 2004. Their other works include Tales of Dragon's Bard, Volume 1: Eventide and Swept Up by the Sea: A Romantic Fairytale. Hickman served his mission in Hawaii and Indonesia. He and his wife have four children and live in South Jordan, Utah.
32. Dian Thomas
In 1974, Dian Thomas, a home economics teacher turned author, published a book titled Roughing It Easy, a guide to camping and cooking outdoors. After her appearance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in June 1975, her book hit the New York Times Best Sellers list that year and has sold over a million copies. Since then, she has written 18 books and made thousands of personal appearances. Thomas served as national spokesperson for divisions of Kraft Foods, Procter & Gamble, Dow Chemical, and many more companies. She has appeared on The Today Show, ABC’s Home Show, Good Morning America, and many other national and local news programs.
Her latest book, Tipping the Scales in Your Favor, details her weight loss journey, dropping 125 pounds over six years. In a 2011 interview with BYU Magazine she says, “My passion is helping others put their lives together and have a healthier life.”
33. Robert G. Allen
In 1978, Robert Allen was searching around for answers on how to get his book, Nothing Down, published when he approached New York Times best-selling author Dian Thomas. She gave him advice and agreed to take him to the annual ABA (American Booksellers convention now called BookExpo), which was held in Atlanta that year. He decided to follow her advice and sold his manuscript to Simon and Schuster. The rest, as they say, is history.
His first two books, Nothing Down and Creating Wealth, both hit #1 on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Two decades later, his book Multiple Streams of Income hit #8 on the “Advice, How-to & Miscellaneous” list, and in 2002, he was the co-author of The One Minute Millionaire, which also hit the New York Times Best Sellers list that year.
A graduate from BYU, he is a popular television and radio guest, appearing on hundreds of radio and television programs and podcasts. There are over four million copies of his books in print. He and his wife, Daryl, have been married for 35 years and are the parents of three children—Amae, Aaron, and Hunter.
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