Brandon Sanderson (born December 19, 1975) is an American fantasy author. A Nebraska native, he currently resides in American Fork, Utah. He earned his Master's degree in Creative Writing in 2005 from Brigham Young University, where he was on the staff of Leading Edge, a semi-professional speculative fiction magazine published by the university. He was a college roommate of Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings.
After Robert Jordan's death, Brandon Sanderson was selected by Harriet McDougal (Robert Jordan's widow), to complete the final book in Jordan's epic fantasy series The Wheel of Time. Harriet asked him to complete the series after being deeply impressed by Mistborn: The Final Empire. Tor Books made the announcement December 7, 2007. On March 30, 2009 it was announced that A Memory of Light, originally slated to be the final book in the Wheel of Time series, will be split into three volumes. The first, The Gathering Storm, was released on October 27, 2009, and Towers of Midnight was released on November 2, 2010, with the remaining novel, named A Memory of Light, tentatively following in March 2012.
He is a participant in the weekly podcast Writing Excuses with authors Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, and webcartoonist Howard Tayler.