Novel Questions: Jodi Picoult



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The more events that I attend, the more questions that I have about the authors that I meet and their experience with reading and writing.  Today, I am debuting a new feature on A Year of Books called Novel Questions.  These blog posts will ask 5 quick questions to some of our favourite authors so that we can learn more about them and reflect on these answers as we read their books.

I am very excited to start with Jodi Picoult.  I have had the privilege of meeting her twice in Toronto.  The first event was related to her wonderful novel, Leaving Time and recently related to small great things (look for a review soon).  Jodi is a wonderful presenter and her fiction enables readers to consider important issues through stories.  She has been very busy publishing 23 books so I appreciate her very quick response to my questions.


Q: What is your favourite childhood book? Why?

A:  Where the Wild Things Are.  It is poetry really. (I love this book and read it many times to my own children).

Q: Did you always want to be a writer?Screen Shot 2016-11-26 at 11.14.59 AM.png

A:  Yes

Q:  Where is your favourite place to write and why?

A:  My office because I have everything at my fingertips.

Q: What work are you most proud of and why?

A:  small great things.  Hardest book I’ve ever written and taught me so much about myself.  In today’s world I also feel like it is critical reading. (Jodi – we would welcome you with open arms in Canada!!!)

Q:  What is the last book that you read and why would you recommend it… or not?

A:  Brit Bennett’s The Mothers.  It’s an incredible debut novel.  I can’t wait to see what she does next. (Thanks Jodi – another book to add to my growing TBR pile)

For more information please read reviews of the events and book reviews for the books I have read in the last couple of years on my old site:

and more recently on this site:

and Jodi’s great site:

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9 Responses to Novel Questions: Jodi Picoult

  1. Love this idea! Keep ’em coming my friend.
    Just finished The Medecine Walk on your recommendation. A beautiful read. What’s my next assignment?


  2. Whoa… how did you land an interview with Jodi?! Did you email her? Tweet her?!


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