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Bestseller Jodi Picoult didn’t back down from the challenge of writing a story set during the pandemic. In her latest novel, Wish You Were Here (Ballantine), she uses her excellent character writing skills and days of research and interview material to compel readers to relive the relatable confusion and chaos of early lockdown through the lens of two lovers separated by travel restrictions. Jodi is well known for bestselling novels like My Sister’s Keeper and Small Great Things. She has published 26 books, selling over 40 million copies worldwide. Wish You Were Here is now available for purchase.


Jodi Picoult is the author of 25 internationally bestselling novels, including My Sister’s Keeper, House Rules and Small Great Things, and has also co-written two YA books with her daughter Samantha van Leer, Between the Lines and Off the Page. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children. 

In this episode, you’ll discover:

  • How Jodi got through a 16-month quarantine
  • How the pandemic changed her writing process
  • How to settle on a setting for your story
  • Why now is the best time to write about the pandemic
  • The importance of writing yourself into your characters


Show Credits
Host: J. D. Barker
Host: J. Thorn
Host: Zach Bohannon
Music: Nicorus
Voice Over: Rick Ganley (recorded at Mill Pond Studio)

In This Episode
Dragons of a Different Tail: 17 Unusual Dragon Tales
Jodi Picoult
Wish You Were Here
Story Rubric
Nonfic Rubric

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