Jodi Picoult is the bestselling author of 21 novels, including her most recent book The Storyteller and Between the Lines, which she wrote with her daughter Samantha van Leer. Jodi also wrote five issues of Wonder Woman for DC Comics, bringing her own style to this classic superhero. Both Jodi and Samantha will be coming to Amherst this summer to talk about Jodi’s career and how they wrote together. Great Books was able to sit down with Jodi to ask her about how she came to be a writer and what inspired her as a child and now.
GBSP: What role did literature play in your childhood?
I read all the time. One of my earliest memories is learning how to sign my name so I could get a library card.
GBSP: Did any one person in your life stand out as fostering a love of writing or literature?
My mother. She was a teacher and an avid reader — she was always holding a book in her hand.
GBSP: What was your favorite book as a teenager? Which writers inspired you?
Gone with the Wind. Margaret Mitchell was the writer who made me realize you could create a whole world out of words. I wanted to do that, too.
GBSP: Have you always wanted to be a writer?
Yes, but I never thought I’d make a living doing it. I’m still a little stunned by that.
GBSP: If you could give one piece of advice to young writers, what would it be?
Write a little bit every day, and take a writing workshop course: It will teach you to write on demand, and to give and get criticism.