Latter-day Saints have found great success in media, including movies, music, art, and especially literature. If you are looking for an entertaining, uplifting, or enlightening read, anything from high fantasy to self-help, check out our list of best-selling Latter-day Saint authors!
Brandon Mull is the New York Times bestselling author of the Fablehaven, Dragonwatch, Beyonders, The Candy Shop War, and the Five Kingdoms series. Brandon is a graduate of Brigham Young University and served a mission in Chile. During a difficult time in his life, Brandon turned to God to find the strength to keep doing what he loved. “There was a moment when I got specific help from God that confirmed my faith and sort of brought me back to life. After that day, I had energy to go back and keep trying,” Mull said. “Because of that help, I still write books.”
The second Brandon on our list, Brandon Sanderson is the author of the epic fantasy and science fiction series Mistborn, The Stormlight Archive, The Cytoverse series, and the Reckoners series. Brandon also graduated from Brigham Young University and served a mission in South Korea. He currently teaches a writing class at BYU.
Speaking of how his faith influences his writing, Brandon said, “Just like people see WWII influences in Tolkien there are going to be LDS parallels in my books… they are part of who I am. If I’m reaching into mythology and history for my foundations, I’m going to dip into LDS sources more often than others. So, the parallels you are seeing are real things.”
Shannon Hale is the author of the Newbery Honor book Princess Academy and the extremely successful The Goose Girl series. Shannon served a mission in Paraguay before graduating from the University of Utah with a degree in English. When asked about responses to including her religion in a recent work, Shannon said, “It was an enormous part of my childhood,” she said. “I was a very religious kid. I prayed constantly.”
Gerald Lund is the author of the popular fiction series The Work and the Glory, Fire and Steel, and Undaunted. He is also the author of several non-fiction books including Hearing the Voice of the Lord: Principles and Patterns of Personal Revelation and Why Isn’t God Answering Me. Elder Lund served as a general authority and member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy from 2002 to 2008.
In his book Divine Signatures: The Confirming Hand of God, Elder Lund said, “To strengthen our faith and deepen our testimony to the point that we can successfully endure to the end, we must know for ourselves with a surety that: God is our Heavenly Father, and we are His literal children.”
James Dashner is the bestselling author of The Maze Runner series and The 13th Reality series. James graduated from Brigham Young University and now lives in Utah. Of serving a mission in Japan, he said, “Japan to me felt like a different world. I had this sense of wonder I’ve never forgotten. I think it helps me write characters, to describe what they feel when they experience something otherworldly.”
Stephenie Meyer is the author of the vampire romance series Twilight, which has sold more than 100 million copies worldwide. Stephenie attended Brigham Young University and received a degree in English. Meyer has stated that many of the themes and actions in her books have been inspired by her membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Orson Scott Card
Orson Scott Card is the author of Ender’s Game and its sequels and has written dozens of other novels and short stories. Card grew up in Utah and California before attending Brigham Young University and serving a mission in Brazil.
Card has said that he tried to keep his faith and his writing separate, but that his faith has heavily influenced his life. Speaking of gospel truths in his writing, Card said, “When we insert our deep understanding of gospel truths into the stories we tell, we are not proselytizing. We are encouraging people to live a more Christlike life.”
Stephen R. Covey
Stephen R. Covey is best know for his book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, but is also the author of First Things First and One Child At A Time. Covey was born in Salt Lake City, grandson of Stephen L. Richards, apostle and counselor in the First Presidency. He received degrees from the University of Utah, Harvard, and Brigham Young University.
Covey said that while he tried to avoid bias in his word towards one religion or another, he frequently drew inspiration from scripture when writing and creating his work.
Have you read any of these books or series? Let us know which were your favorites!