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,
. 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
: 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.