Day 32 – Interview with Jodi van Leer

On thursday evening, I had the pleasure of conducting an interview by email with Jodi van Leer. She is more formally known as Jodi Picoult to her fans. My mom has collected all of her books to date, including the short series she wrote with her daughter, Samantha.

I was curious as to how she’d gotten into the writing business and the journey she took to her renowned success. I asked her 4 simple questions to keep everything brief.

Here were the responses:

1.How did you get into this line of work?

I studied creative writing at Princeton, wrote a creative thesis (novel) and got an agent with it, who sold my next book.

2. What do you like most about it?

I get to write about whatever moves me. And I hear from fans whose lives I’ve changed with my words.

3.What do you like the least about it?

It is not a sure thing – I worked hard, and I was lucky. Lots of great writers do not make a living wage.

4. Where else can I find people who do this work?

I’d go to conventions like BookCon in NYC, and attend local bookstore readings to listen to and meet authors.

She has once again inspired a writer to follow their dreams through her words. But she also gave a warning. Writing can be beneficial to the soul, but not to the wallet. So you must try your best and perhaps have another job while you are still in the making.

I would like to thank Jodi though for responding to my email in less than 2 hours of it being sent. I will cherish her words and always keep the short and simple experience in the back of my mind.

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