William Paul Young (b. 1955) is a Canadian author best known for his novel The Shack. Originally written to set down his beliefs for family and friends, the book went on to be a New York Times bestseller for the better part a year. He was raised by his missionary parents among the Dani, a Stone Age tribe in the highlands of former New Guinea. His other books include Cross Roads and Eve. He now lives Oregon with his wife and is the father of six children.