\”There\’s always going to be bad stuff out there. But here\’s the amazing thing: Light trumps darkness, every time. You can stick a candle into the dark, but you can\’t stick the dark into the light.\”
– Jodi Picoult
Author of My Sister\’s Keeper,
Change of Heart and Vanishing Acts.
So then we must do the same. No matter how tough your situation is, you can light a candle. It may be small but it is enduring. Bring that light into your worry, and the light will dispel the darkness– and pave a way!
I\’m lighting my candle,
Jodi Picoult was born on May 19, 1966, in Long Island, New York, where she lived for 13 years in a development called \’The Storybook.\’ She thinks it might have been a self-fulfilling prophecy that she ended up a writer. She wrote her first story, \’The Lobster Which Misunderstood,\’ when she was five years old. When Picoult was 13, her family moved to New Hampshire, where she still lives today, and where many of her stories are set. Also at age 13, she read Gone with the Wind and memorized entire passages. That was when she decided that she wanted to be a writer, so she could, in her words, \’create worlds out of words.\’
After graduating high school, Picoult studied creative writing at Princeton University, and she had two stories published in Seventeen magazine while still a student. She graduated in 1987 and had several jobs, including technical writing, copy writing, editing textbooks, and teaching eighth-grade English, before deciding to pursue a master\’s degree in education at Harvard University.
Upon graduating from Harvard, Picoult wrote five issues of Wonder Woman for DC Comics. She married Timothy Warren van Leer and wrote her first novel, Songs of the Humpback Whale, while pregnant with their first child. She and her husband have three children: Samantha, Kyle, and Jake.
Picoult is involved with many charitable organizations, including the Writer\’s Council for the National Writing Project, Positive Tracks/Children\’s Hospital at Dartmouth and the New Hampshire Coalition Against the Death Penalty. She is the founder of the Trumbull Hall Troupe, a teen theater group.
Bio Source: Wikipedia and Study.com; Image: Fig1 Photo by Marisol Benitez at Unsplash, Fig2 Photo by BBC Creative at Unsplash; Bio Photo Jodi.com