Author of the Month: Jodi Picoult
Jodi Picoult is an American author born and raised in Nesconset on Long Island; when she was 13 years old, her family moved to New Hampshire. Picoult wrote her first story at the age of 5, entitled The Lobster Which Misunderstood.
She graduated Princeton University in 1987. She published two short stories in Seventeen magazine while still in college. Immediately after graduation, she began a variety of jobs, ranging from editing textbooks to teaching eighth-grade English. She earned a master’s degree in education from Harvard University.
Picoult’s novels are primarily based around family, relationships, love and involves some sort of drama. She was awarded the New England Bookseller Award for fiction in 2003. Picoult’s first book to debut at #1 on the New York Times Best Seller list was Nineteen Minutes, which is about the aftermath of a school shooting that happened in a small town. Her book, Change of Heart, was her second novel to debut at #1 on the NYT Best Seller list the next year.
One of her more well-known books is titled My Sister’s Keeper, which was made into a Feature film in 2009. Other novels that she has written that have become Lifetime Original Movies are The Pact, Plain Truth, The Tenth Circle, and Salem Falls. Picoult currently has some 14 million copies of her books in print worldwide. She currently lives in Hanover, New Hampshire, with her husband, Timothy; their three children — Sammy, Kyle, and Jake; and a handful of pets.