Jodi Picoult was born in Nesconset, New York on May 19, 1966. She received a degree in creative writing from Princeton University in 1987 and a master's degree in education from Harvard University. She published two short stories in Seventeen magazine while still in college. Immediately after graduation, she landed a variety of jobs, ranging from editing textbooks to teaching eighth-grade English. Her first book, Songs of the Humpback Whale, was published in 1992. Her other works include Picture Perfect, Mercy, The Pact, Salem Falls, The Tenth Circle, Nineteen Minutes, Change of Heart, Handle with Care, House Rules, Sing You Home, and Lone Wolf. My Sister's Keeper was made into a movie starring Cameron Diaz. She received the New England Bookseller Award for fiction in 2003. She also wrote five issues of the Wonder Woman comic book series for DC Comics. Her title Between the Lines made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2012. In 2013 she made the New York Times List with her title The Storyteller and in 2014 with her title Leaving Time.
S. E. Hinton is a fiction writer. Her given name is Susan Eloise Hinton. She was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1950. Hinton attended the University of Tulsa. While still in high school, Hinton wrote The Outsiders. The book changed publishing for young people, portraying a grittier, more realistic view of the lives of teenagers. Hinton has won numerous awards, including the Margaret Alexander Edwards Award, the Media and Methods Maxi Award, and the Land of the Enchantment Award. Her work has consistently been honored on the American Library Association's Best Young Adult Book lists and she has been nominated for the American Book Award. Four of her books have been made into films starring such actors as Tom Cruise, Matt Dillon, Nicholas Cage, Rob Lowe, and Emilio Estevez. Francis Ford Coppola directed two of the films.