6. Glenn Beck
One of the most recognizable conservative talk show personalities in history, Glenn Beck is the author of An Inconvenient Book, The Overton Window, and The Christmas Sweater, which have all hit #1 on the New York Times Best Seller list. In fact, he is one of the few authors to have #1 best sellers in the fiction, nonfiction, self-help, and children’s picture book genres.
Beck began his broadcasting career at age 13, working as a radio DJ. Today, The Glenn Beck Program is the third-highest rated radio program in America, and The Blaze TV is one of the world’s largest streaming video networks. In addition, Beck has been the host of his own show on CNN and on Fox News.
Beck joined the LDS Church after years of drug abuse, alcoholism, and loneliness. On his DVD An Unlikely Mormon, he says, “My life changed. I may look the same. I may sound the same. But I am not the same man. . . the healing power of Jesus Christ transformed me.”
His latest books include Dreamers and Deceivers and The Immortal Nicholas.
7. Jason F. Wright
Jason Wright’s book, Christmas Jars, was a surprise hit when it was first published. Wright says in his Deseret News column, “When Christmas Jars was first released in 2005, our goals were modest. We aimed to sell a few books and inspire readers to experiment with the tradition for themselves. I hoped to reignite the spirit of Christmas in my own heart and home.” However, the book soon made the New York Times Best Seller list, and it has since been inspiring families around the world with its message. Author of more than a dozen novels, including his New York Times best seller The Wednesday Letters, Wright has made several appearances on CNN, Fox News, and other local television affiliates around the country. He also travels the country speaking about faith, service, and the lost art of letter writing.
Originally from Charlottesville, Virginia, he has also lived in Germany, Illinois, Brazil, Oregon, and Utah. He and his wife currently live in Virginia and are the parents of four children.
8. James Dashner
James Dashner is the author of the #1 New York Times best selling series The Maze Runner. The series has sold more than 6.5 million copies worldwide, and the books are currently being made into movies. The Maze Runner debuted in theaters on September 19, 2014, and the second installment, The Scorch Trials, premiered in September 2015.
Dashner is also the author of The 13th Reality series, the Infinity Ring series, the Mortality Doctrine series, and the Jimmy Fincher Saga series.
He was born in Georgia and graduated from BYU with a master’s degree in accounting. He and his wife, Lynette, have four children and live in Utah. His favorite authors include Stephen King, Tad Williams, Robert Jordan, Dean Koontz, Tom Clancy, Dan Brown, and Orson Scott Card.
9. Linda and Richard Eyre
This husband and wife team are the authors of several parenting books, including Teaching Your Children Values, which made it to #1 on the Times’ “Advice, How-to & Miscellaneous” list in May of 1993, as well as 5 Spiritual Solutions for Everyday Parenting Challenges.
Not only do they write a weekly column for the Deseret News, but they have also spoken in 45 countries and have appeared on Oprah, The Today Show, Prime Time Live, 60 Minutes, Good Morning America and once did regular segments on the CBS Early Show.
Richard received an MBA from Harvard and became the president of his own management consulting company, which worked with national political candidates. His company also spearheaded efforts to restore the Salt Lake City’s Capitol Theater, expand the Salt Palace, and save the Hogle Zoo. He also served as president of the England London South Mission. His wife, Linda, is a teacher, musician, and co-founder of International JoySchools.com—a do-it-yourself co-op and program for teaching preschoolers the joys of life. But the most important thing in their lives is their family; they are the proud parents of 9 children and 21 grandchildren.
10. Ally Condie
Ally Condie’s dystopian Matched trilogy moved quickly to the #1 spot on the New York Times “Children’s Series” list, where it spent 15 weeks in 2012 and 2013. Her first series, the Yearbook trilogy, was published by Deseret Book from 2006-2008.
Condie, a Cedar City, Utah, native, graduated from BYU with a degree in English teaching and taught high school English in Utah and upstate New York. She enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her husband and two little boys.