Jodi Picoult is the bestselling author of over twenty-one novels, with more than 14 million copies of her books in print worldwide. With a master's degree in education from Harvard University, Picoult has more accolades, awards and New York Times bestseller list debuts against her name than you’d care to count. Before she reached such renowned heights, Picoult pursued a series of different career paths including technical writing for a Wall Street brokerage firm, as a copywriter at an ad agency, as an editor at a textbook publisher, and as an 8th grade English teacher. Picoult lives with her husband Tim, their three children, two Springer spaniels, two rescue puppies, two donkeys, two geese, eight chickens, and the occasional Holstein in Hanover, New Hampshire. She believes that open-mindedness is one of the most generous states of being.
What’s happening in the world of Jodi Picoult for 2014?
My new book, Leaving Time, will be released in October 2014. But before then I have a few surprises for my fans, too!
Describe the most generous person you know and how they influenced you.
My husband. He volunteers his time so generously, and for all the right reasons – not to get credit or be seen doing it, but rather because he believes in the good of humanity and wants to make the world a better place.
Name an everyday action that makes the world a better place, yet is underrated.
Tell us three things that inspire you and why.
Anything written by Alice Hoffman, who makes me want to be a better writer.
Ron Hogan's Beacon Reader – a start up site that will make an effort to review fiction written by women, in an effort to close the gap between the number of reviews men get and women get in the field of publishing – it makes me think that perhaps if people give a damn about that disparity, things might change.
Potcakeplace.com – We have two rescue dogs; our youngest comes from Turks and Caicos, where there is a huge feral dog problem. Jane Parker-Rauw has made it her mission to get these puppies adopted out all over the world. The good she does with limited funds, resources, and all volunteer help is astounding – and gave us a new member of our family.
Read more about Jodi at www.jodipicoult.com