Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult received an AB in creative writing from Princeton and a master’s degree in education from Harvard. The recipient of the 2003 New England Book Award for her entire body of work, she is the author of twenty-one novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers House Rules, Handle With Care, Change of Heart, and My Sister’s Keeper, for which she received the American Library Association’s Margaret Alexander Edwards Award. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children. Visit her website at JodiPicoult.com.

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Jodi Picoult
Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Why do it when you can overdo it?

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. Shakespeare. I'd treat him to a pint. He deserves it for coming up with the idea to make Romeo and Juliet's first verbal interaction to take the form of a sonnet.

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Not traveling around the world after college. I started working right away. I've gotten to see all corners of the globe thanks to my books - but I'm usually working too hard for it to be considered tourism!

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. They change, but for right now: Taylor the Latte Boy (Kristen Chenoweth), Jesus, Etc. (Wilco), The Other End of the Telescope (Aimee Mann), Beautiful Life (Charlotte Martin). The fifth song is called Written in the Stars. It was a duet written by me and a friend of mine, Ellen Wilber, for our most recent original kids' musical, but it's very beautiful and ageless - it's about finding someone who "gets" you. If I can figure out a way to upload an audio link I will...

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. I'm a big fan of baking - desserts, not bread.

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December 12, 2008

Hello everyone, I hope everyone’s surviving the holidays! The first bit of news I have to share with you is the publication of CHANGE OF HEART in paperback - it came out December 2 - just in time for you to add to your 2009 book club roster, I hope. MORE NEWS I’ve spent the fall working hard on the 2010 book. It’s not done yet, but I’m getting closer! It is about a boy with Asperger’s Syndrome who winds up accused of murdering his social skills tutor. Here’s a sneak peek from the beginning, in the narrative voice of the boy’s mother: Everywhere I look, there are signs of a struggle. The mail has been scattered... see more

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