Jodi Picoult was born in Nesconset, Long Island, in 1966 but moved to New Hampshire with her family as a teenager. Writing was Jodi's passion from a young age and she wrote her first story at the age of five. While at Princeton University, Jodi published two short stories in Seventeen Magazine. After completing a masters at Harvard University, Jodi took a number of jobs before publishing her debut novel, Songs of the Humpback Whale, in 1992.
Since then, Jodi has gone on to publish 21 novels, the latest of which is The Storyteller. A number of her novels have been turned into feature films, including The Pact, Plain Truth, The Tenth Circle, Salem Falls and My Sister's Keeper which starred Cameron Diaz and Alec Baldwin. Jodi received the New England Bookseller Award for Fiction in 2003 and has sold more than 14 million copies of her books worldwide.
Jodi married Timothy Warren Van Leer in 1989 after meeting at college. The pair live in Hanover, New Hampshire with their three children, Sammy, Kyle and Jake.
In her most gripping mystery since House Rules, Jodi Picoult brings us a powerful story of a young girl's determination to uncover the truth, however shocking and life-changing it might be. Jenna Metcalf was with her mother the night she disappeared, but she remembers nothing. In the wake of those tragic events, she has lost not one parent, but two: her father is in an asylum, and now she lives with her grandmother - who finds it too painful to talk about what happened. Ten years on, Jenna is the only one who still seems to care. And she is determined to seek the truth, no matter how shocking and life-changing it might be ...
Interview with Jodi Picoult
Jodi Picoult speaks about the inspiration for her novel Leaving Time. and the research she undertook before and during writing. Jodi states that the main source of her inspiration came from the lives and relationships of elephants; having heard that a mother and daughter elephant stay together for their whole lives, Jodie speaks of how she saw this as a metaphor of the relationship between her two main characters and how it was this fact on which her story was built. If you enjoyed the above video you may also be interested in this video in which Jodi speaks of her trip to an elephant sanctuary to learn about their characteristics and lives.