Just last week, 13 Reasons Why author Jay Asher was expelled from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators after he violated the organisation's sexual harassment code.
Now, fellow YA author James Dashner who is responsible for the Maze Runner series is facing similar sexual misconduct allegations.
The 45-year-old has posted a long apology on his Twitter which explains his side of the story, revealing how "deeply sorry" he is for his actions.
He began, "I have spent the recent days reexamining my actions and searching my soul. Some of the things said about me have been shocking and my initial instinct was to be defensive. But I also have thought about how numerous women now have come forward as part of a vital movement to lead a discussion about sexual harassment and discrimination in the publishing industry. And I have talked with friends deeply immersed in the #MeToo and #TimesUp movement."
He also admitted that he has "been part of the problem."
"I believe all victims must be heard and I’m committed to listening to them," he continued. "I’ve taken these past few days for introspection, to see if I’ve been part of the problem. I think that I have. I didn’t honor or fully understand boundaries and power dynamics. I can sincerely say that I have never intentionally hurt another person. But to all those affected, I am so deeply sorry. I am taking any and all criticisms and accusations very seriously, and I will seek counseling and guidance to address them."
He has been dropped by both his published, Penguin Random House, and his literary agent, Michael Bourret since the accusations.
"I couldn’t in good conscience continue working with James, and I let him go yesterday," the agent explained.
Penguin Random House stated it will not be publishing any future books by James Dashner."