Jodi Picoult: Biography

Jodi Picoult

19 maj 1966

Jodi Picoult (born on May 19, 1966, in Long Island, New York) is an American author of 23 novels, eight of which have been number one on the New York Times bestseller list.

She started reading at age 3 because she wanted to be like her mother, who was a voracious reader. Gone With the Wind was the book which inspired her to be a writer at age 13. Picoult considers Shakespeare to be the greatest author of all time. Her favourite contemporary novelist is Alice Hoffman.

The Princeton-and Harvard-educated writer has tackled controversial issues, such as childhood cancer, sexual abuse, the death penalty, and assisted dying. Each book takes a divisive subject and pits sympathetic characters, often family members or best friends, on either side of the debate.

Jodi Picoult delves into extensive medical, scientific and ethical research for her books. During a challenging research process for her novel Nineteen Minutes, she spoke with two teachers who had survived the Rocori high school shooting in Minnesota; moreover, for background on Lone Wolf, she spent time with a researcher who had actually lived with a pack of wolves.

With an estimated 25 million books in print, Picoult is a publishing juggernaut. Nevertheless, she has called out the hypocrisy of literary critics who look down on female authors like her, only to praise male romance writers.

Jodi Picoult is a tireless supporter of LGBT rights, has spoken out in favor of gun control, and has repeatedly tried to raise awareness about the plight of animals.

In 2003, she won the New England Bookseller Award for Fiction.

Several of her novels have been adapted into movies or TV dramas, the most popular being 2009 drama film My Sister’s Keeper starring Cameron Diaz.