Interviews with Jodi Picoult

The Writers Write Interview – Jodi Picoult

Read our first two Writers Write Interviews with Jodi Picoult. Approximately 14 million copies of her books are in print worldwide, translated into 34 languages.

Author: Jodi Picoult
Birthday: 19 May 1966
Date: 25 September 2006  / 17 August 2007
Where: The Headmaster’s Office, Crawford College, Benmore / The Local Grill, Parktown North
The Books: The Tenth Circle (Hodder) / Second Glance (Hodder) / Nineteen Minutes (Hodder)

1. Who is your favourite hero of fiction?

Scout Finch

2. What is your most treasured possession?

A 500-year old coin given to me by my husband. I nearly lost it in South Africa. The leather lace broke.

3. Which living person do you most dislike?

George W Bush

4. What is your greatest fear?

Losing my children

5. Who or what has been the greatest love of your life?

My children

6. What is your greatest regret?

That I did not travel after college

7. If you could choose to be a character in a book, who would it be?

The Paperbag Princess by Robert Munsch

8. Which book have you read the most in your lifetime?

The Sun Also Rises

9. What is your favourite journey?

Going home to New Hampshire

10. What do you most value in a friend?


11. What quality do you most admire in a woman?


12. Which book that you’ve written is your favourite?

Second Glance and The Tenth Circle – both test the boundaries of fiction.

13. What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

Do it.

14. What are your favourite names? 

  1. Kyle
  2. Samantha
  3. Sophie

15. What do you do as a hobby?

Cook, bake, and kayak,

16. What are your top three books?

  1. Gone with the Wind
  2. The Sun also Rises
  3. The Great Gatsby

17. Where do you get your greatest ideas for writing?

Everywhere. Life, arguments, problems, stories – all of the what ifs.

Interviewed by Amanda Patterson (25 September 2006)

18.  Dogs or Cats?  Which do you prefer?

Dogs, of course. Unless you include lion cubs. I wanted to steal one this afternoon.

Interviewed by Amanda Patterson (17 August 2007)

If you want more, see The Writers Write Interview 2 – Jodi Picoult

Posted on: 25th September 2006

0 thoughts on “The Writers Write Interview – Jodi Picoult”

  1. Peter Chabanowich

    I love these interviews because they aren’t video – that one can read them
    and linger in thought. Thank you for that detail.