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Friday's Connector: Jodi Picoult

April 25th, 2010
11:47 PM ET

Jodi Picoult is not only one of America's most well-known authors, but she is also a worldwide literary star around the world.

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There are currently over 14 million copies of her books around the world.

Picoult was born in 1966 on Long Island and wrote her very first book at the age of only five years old entitled "The Lobster Which Misunderstood".

She attended Princeton University where she studied English and immediately after graduation, had a variety of jobs ranging from teaching at an elementary school to editing text books.

Picoult is not only well-known for her range of award-winning books, but she is also considered a star amongst comic book fans.

In 2007, Picoult became a writer for DC Comics and wrote four issues of the "Wonder Woman" series.

She has had two books on the New York Times bestseller list including "Nineteen Minutes" and "Change of Heart".

Picoult has also had some of her books made into Hollywood films, including the 2009 hit with Cameron Diaz "My Sister's Keeper".

Today, Picoult is promoting a new book entitled "House Rules"

soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Jurgen R. Brul

    Hello Jodi Lynn Picoult and CNN friends,

    I would like an answer from Jodi Lynn Picoult to the following questions:
    – Why did you called your latest book " House Rules " instead of God Rules?
    – What is your opinion on autism people, especially the ones who are living under the poverty line?
    – What needs to be done to really connect autism people with the rest of the world?
    – What has triggered you to publish your latest book called " House Rules " ?
    – How can we motive our children to become Wonderwoman or Wonderman in order to make our world a Better Place?
    – What can we expect from you in 2010?
    – How are you inspiring people all over the world to make our world a Better Healthier and Beautiful Place?

    I am awaiting Jodi Lynn Picoult’s replies.

    Jurgen R. Brul
    Hometown: Paramaribo
    Country: Suriname

    April 26, 2010 at 12:46 am | Reply
  2. Daniela Alzuru

    I've learned a lot of new vocabulary words by reading your books, and i was just curious to know...What was your SAT verbal score?

    April 26, 2010 at 2:41 am | Reply
  3. Kristen Lum

    Just finished reading "Change of Heart" and it was brilliant. I couldn't put it down. Very well written and captivating story-line.

    April 26, 2010 at 3:41 am | Reply
  4. Rumana Anam

    How did you deal with the ending of "My Sister's Keeper" being changed? Did you not feel it took away from the message of the story (if you tried to show one)? Will you be looking to have further books turned into movies after this experience?

    April 26, 2010 at 5:43 am | Reply
  5. Maria Bobenrieth

    Hi Jodi,
    I am reading House Rules and think it is really fabulous. How did you get interested in Asberger's? With a nephew who is nine now on the spectrum, it has been amazing to give name to something that has likely in varying degrees been in my family forever. Thank you for helping educate us all...

    April 26, 2010 at 5:53 am | Reply
  6. Erewa k. Mene

    Hello Jodi Picoult! I salute your uncommon drive in the literary world. I understand you have over 14 million hard copies in circulation around the world and you wrote your first book when you were only five "The Lobster Which Misunderstood".
    You also have two titles on the New York Times Best Sellers "Nineteen Minutes" and "Change of Heart". My question is if you are faced with a scenerio in life where all you could write is just a book. What would you write about?
    Erewa K. Mene writes from Lagos Nigeria

    April 26, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Reply
  7. bryan

    dear Becky, keep the good work on , we love your show and news presentations.

    April 26, 2010 at 8:48 pm | Reply
  8. Keira


    My question would be how long does it take you to come up with an idea for a book? Do you go somewhere for inspiration or does it just comes to you while doing mundane things?

    Thanks much!!


    April 29, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Reply

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