Jodi Picoult

Other names of Jodi Picoult: Jodi Lynn Picoult,
Birthday: 19-05-1966
Age: 53
Star sign: Gemini

Jodi Picoult, whose full name is Jodi Lynn Picoult, is a writer of American descent. Shewas born, on May 19, 1966 in Nesconset, Long Island, New York. When she turned thirteen, her parents shifted to New Hampshire. Jodi was the eldest child of the family.

The couple has a son too. Jodi took inspiration from her mother and grandmother, who were both powerful women and worked as teachers. Jodi penned her first story at the mere age of five titled The Lobster Which Misunderstood.

She enrolled herself in Princeton University to study the nuances of writing. While she was learning, a magazine named Seventeen published two of her stories in their edition. After graduating from Princeton University Jodi taught students for some time and also edited textbooks. Jodi did her post-graduation from Harvard University.

In 1992, Jodi released her first novel named Songs of the Humpback Whale. Since then she has written Wonder Woman: Love and Murder, Leaving Home: Short Pieces, Between the Lines, Small Great Things, and much more.

However, it was with Nineteen Minutes that brought her into the limelight. Filmmakers have adapted five of her books for the big screen as well. She is the recipient of Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award, Vermont Green Mountain Book Award, Cosmopolitan magazine's Fearless Fiction Award, and much more. Besides writing, Jodi donated money to several social causes.

She is the member of the advisory committee of Vida: Women in Literary Arts's, an organization that takes up issues related to women like the gender pay gap, and also support people from the minority, and New Hampshire Coalition Against the Death Penalty.

In 2004, she founded Trumbull Hall Troupe with the help of Marjorie Rose to provide an educational yet fun experience of theatre to young children. They gave away the amount they earned from this initiative to local charities. In 2013, she was part of National Writing Project's Council.

She met Timothy Warren van Leer in college, and they fell in love and got married to each other in 1989. The couple has three children named Kyle Ferreira van Leer, Samantha van Leer, and Jake van Leer. Dartmouth College and the University of New Haven have conferred their Doctor of Letters degrees to Jodi in 2010 and 2012 respectively.

In 2016, her alma mater chooses Jodi as their Class Day Speaker. Jodi has a crush on Patrick Ducharme, one of her fictional character. Publication houses have sold Fourteen million copies of her books. Her books are available in thirty-four languages.

Dean Koontz English Actor

Dean Koontz

Dean Koontz is an author of American descent. His works mostly belong to the genre of suspense thrillers although they contain some elements of satire, mystery, horror, science fiction and fantasy. His full name is Dean Ray Koontz and he took birth on July 9, 1945, in Everett, Pennsylvania. His parent's names are Florence and Raymond Koontz. Dean had a difficult childhood. His father was an alcoholic and he would abuse and beat Dean. It affected him greatly and it is evident in some of his writings too. After Dean started writing, his mother gathered up the courage to stand up to her husband and eventually filed for divorce. While studying, Bachelor of Arts in English from the Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, he won an Atlantic Monthly magazine's fiction competition. In 1967, he graduated and started to teach English at Mechanicsburg High School, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. He also worked for the Poverty Program of Appalachian. It was an initiative to help underprivileged children and federal funded it. However, the program didn't do what it claimed and would misuse the funding. Due to this experience, he developed mistrust towards all government schemes. While teaching, he penned his first book named, Star Quest. He found a publisher for it in the year 1968. He then went on to produce several novels like Whispers, The Key to Midnight, The Funhouse, Demon Seed and much more. In his writing career, he has released his books under several pen names like David Axton, Deanna Dwyer, Richard Paige, Anthony North and much more. He donated a substantial amount to Canine Companions for Independence, which is a charity that provides disable people service dogs. In acknowledgment of his contribution, they gifted him, a golden retriever. He named him Trixie. Trixie inspired one of his pseudonym and his work The Darkest Evening of the Year. In 2007, Trixie died after contracting cancer. Even after her death, Dean continued to author books using the pen name that Trixie inspired. A year later, he adopted a new dog named Anna. Coincidentally, she was Trixie's grandniece. While in college, he converted to Catholicism as it helped him keep sane from his traumatic childhood. There is speculation that he has written more than thirty erotica novels under different names. He has denied it though. Filmmakers and producers have adapted some of his works for theatre, films, and TV shows. He married Gerda Ann Cerra, a writer herself, on October 15, 1966. According to his official website, he has reportedly sold nearly four hundred and fifty million copies.


Ken Follett

Ken Follett, whose actual name is Kenneth Martin "Ken" Follett, is an English novelist who specializes in writing historical and spy fiction, and thrillers. He was born on June 5, 1949in Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom. His parents' names are Martin Follett and Lavinia (Veenie) Follett. Martin was a government employee. His family was very conservative, and they would not allow Ken to watch television. As a result, Ken developed the habit of reading books. When Ken turned ten, his family shifted to London. In Wales, Ken was relatively weak in studies, but he began excelling in his academics in London. Ken went to Harrow Weald Grammar School and later to Poole Technical College. In 1967, Ken secured admission in University College London. He studied philosophy there and also became interested in politics. After graduating from there, he did a short course of journalism and got a job at South Wales Echo, Cardiff, as a trainee reporter. Ken changed several positions after Cardiff. Eventually, he shifted to London and started to devote his time to writing to earn more money. After penning several books, he achieved success in 1978 with the release of Eye of the Needle. Since then he has published The Man from St. Petersburg, The Pillars of the Earth, Lie Down with Lions, A Place Called Freedom, The Heist of the Century, and much more. Filmmakers have adapted several of his works for the big as well as the small screen. While studying at University College London, he met and fell in love with fellow mate Mary. In 1968, they married each other. Mary gave birth to Emanuele and Marie-Claire. However, their union couldn't last long. Ken met Barbara Broer, a political figure, in 1984, and got hitched to her on November 8, 1985. Ken regularly donated to several social causes and charities. He and his wife Barbara, together, bestowed fifty thousand pounds to Yvette Cooper. Ken was Roebuck Primary School's governor for nearly a decade. He is an active member of the nation's Labour Party. On September 2010, Ken signed an open later which opposed the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to the state. He is one of the members of National Academy of Writing's board, the National Literacy Trust's trustee, the chairperson of the Reading Is Fundamental's advisory committee and the president of Dyslexia Action. Saginaw Valley State University, Michigan, houses the drafts and first papers of some of his projects. He has managed to sell millions of copies of his works.

Ken Follett English Actor