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 Small Great Things. 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.
Small Great Things
In her highly-anticipated new novel, Small Great Things, Jodi addresses prejudice and power through an eye-opening story based on a newborn baby dying after a routine hospital procedure under the care of a nurse who the father of the baby banned from looking after his child. Rated as the 'To Kill a Mockingbird for the 21st Century', critics have deemed this book as Jodi's most important novel yet.
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, Jodi 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.