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Jodi Picoult worries, researches and then writes her bestsellers
Jodi Picoult was the main attraction at a fundraiser sponsored by the New Hampshire Writers Project. At a reception before the evening's literary event--a wide-ranging, in-deth interview with fellow New Hampshire author and Yankee raconteur Rebecca Rule (The Best Revenge; University of New Hampshire Press, 2004), Picoult chatted with fans and talked about Plain Truth (Atria/Simon and Schuster; May, 2000). After thanking her 'rabid fans' for their support, Picoult showed why she has become one of America's bestselling authors. Weaving entertaining anecdotes throughout the evening, Picoult described researching her material for her graphic novel, The Tenth Circle (Atria/Simon and Schuster, 2006) and her newest timely blockbuster Nineteen Minutes (Atria/Simon and Schuster; March, 2007). Describing her writing as a process of worrying about the challenges of modern life, Picoult talked candidly about balancing her writing life with motherhood; developing her characters; the importance of failure in the creative process; the intangible rewards of writing; her personal writing mission; her thoughts on teaching reading and writing; the challenge of collaborating on her graphic novel; and her own private life as a writer. After telling an unbelievable-but-true story about a book tour, a rat and the hotel from hell, Picoult gave a detailed account of her career--from Wall Street and teaching to the top of national bestseller lists. Afterward, Picoult signed books for a long line of fans.

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