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 Seller 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
Financial guru Robert G. Allen wrote his first book, Nothing Down: How to Buy Real Estate with Little or No Money Down, after taking Stephen Covey’s class at BYU. “I’ll never forget my three goals: to go skydiving, to go scuba diving, [and] to write a book,” he recalls.
His first two books, Nothing Down and Creating Wealth, both became #1 New York Times best sellers. Two decades later, his book Multiple Streams of Income: How to Generate a Lifetime of Unlimited Wealth! Hit #8 on the “Advice, How-To & Miscellaneous” list, and in 2002, he was the co-author of The One Minute Millionaire, which also became a New York Times best seller that year.
Allen says writing about wealth has been a surprisingly powerful missionary tool. “I have had several experiences with readers and seminar attendees who express appreciation when they learn of my spiritual values,” he says. “They’re often shocked that I’m so open about it because the general impression is that ‘money’ people [are] materialistic.” He adds, “People often express that my discussion of spiritual values in conjunction with money matters is refreshing. There have been several conversion stories.”
Today, Allen 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.
“There is a book in you,” Allen encourages. “Writing it can be one of the most rewarding experiences. It may not become a #1 New York Times best seller, but organizing your thoughts and writing them into a book not only can help others now but create a valuable legacy for future generations. Put it on your goal list—one day, you’ll find the time to write it.”
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Find a compilation of some of these authors and other great stories like "The Write Stuff" and "Reunited After 62 Years" in the March/April 2017 issue of LDS Living.