"Many of my books come from what if questions that I can't answer, things that I'm worried about as either a woman, a wife, a mom, an American."
"My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her."Jodi Picoult on George Washington
"The natural state of motherhood is unselfishness. When you become a mother, you are no longer the center of your own universe. You relinquish that position to your children."Jodi Picoult on Jessica Lange
"My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it."Jodi Picoult on Mark Twain
"Men are what their mothers made them."Jodi Picoult on Ralph Waldo Emerson
"My mother said to me, 'If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.' Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso."Jodi Picoult on Pablo Picasso
"I started writing when I had three kids under the age of 4. I used to write every ten minutes I got to sit in front of a computer. Now, when I have more time, I function the same way: if it's writing time, I write."
"I know that books I have written will still resonate in 50 years - particularly 'My Sister's Keeper.' It has sold three million copies in the States alone. I strongly feel that, as a novelist, you have a platform and the ability to change people's minds."
"I have several writer friends, but I don't involve them in my work process. I'm more likely to talk about the business of publishing with them."
"Instead of plotting the demise of the traditional family, as some politicians and religious leaders would have you believe, gay people mow their lawns and watch 'American Idol' and video their children's concerts and have the same hopes and dreams that their straight counterparts do."
"The act of writing... is the act of trying to understand why my opinion is what it is. And ultimately, I think that's the same experience the reader has when they pick up one of my books."