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Jodi Lynn Picoult ( ) (born May 19, 1966) is an Americanmarker author. She was awarded the New England Bookseller Award for fiction in 2003. Picoult currently has some 14 million copies of her books in print worldwide.

Personal life

Picout was born and raised in Nesconsetmarker on Long Islandmarker but moved to New Hampshire when she was 13 years old. Picoult wrote her first story at age 5, entitled "The Lobster Which Misunderstood." She studied writing at Princeton Universitymarker, and graduated in 1987. She published two short stories in Seventeen magazine while still in college. Immediately after graduation, she landed a variety of jobs, ranging from editing textbooks to teaching eighth-grade English. She earned a master's degree in education from Harvard Universitymarker.

She became the writer of DC Comics' Wonder Woman (vol. 3) series following the departure of fellow writer Allan Heinberg. Her first issue (#6) was released on March 28, 2007, and her last was issue #10 (released on June 27, 2007).

She is married to Tim Van Leer, whom she met while in college. They and their three children, Sammy, Kyle, and Jake, and a handful of pets, live in Hanover, New Hampshiremarker.

Nineteen Minutes, Picoult's novel about the aftermath of a school shooting in a small town, has become her first book to debut at #1 on the New York Times Best Seller list. Her book Change Of Heart was published on March 4, 2008, and became Picoult's second novel to debut at #1 on the NYT Best Seller list.

Recurring characters

"It’s always great fun to bring a character back, because you get to catch up on his/her life; and you don’t have to reinvent the wheel–you already know how he speaks, acts, thinks."


Film and television adaptations

  • The Pact (2002) (Lifetime Original Movie)
  • Plain Truth (2004) (Lifetime Original Movie)
  • The Tenth Circle (2008) (Lifetime Original Movie)
  • My Sister's Keeper (2009) (Feature film)


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