Hey bookworms! So I have been connecting with a lot of different bloggers lately and one had reached out to me about the interview she had with Jodi Picoult. I decided I would share her post because it was a good interview and I am sure that many of you know who Jodi Picoult is and would be interested.
But first, a little blurb about Ana!
Ana Milosavic works in marketing in the tech space, and on the side runs a blog that is focused on career growth and journeys and helping others achieve their own version of success. Ana hopes that her interviews with women in all stages of their career will help others reach goals they thought were unachievable, and will give them a realistic expectation of what it takes to get to their dream job – while breaking many glass ceilings along the way! As a huge bookworm (and leader of two book clubs in Vancouver, Canada), she was very excited to get the chance to interview author Jodi Picoult. Ana and Jodi discuss career, including Jodi’s inspirations, best and worst career advice, mentors and much more.
Interview with Jodi Picoult
Why do you do what you do?
I can’t not write.
What’s your current dream job?
To be a writer… and a Broadway librettist.
Tell us what your average day looks like.
I get up and run for a few miles, then go up to my computer and edit my way through whatever I was writing yesterday, and when I get to a blank spot I keep writing. I continue until about 4 pm.
It’s great to see that you are living your dream job! Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Hopefully still writing novels, and perhaps winning a Tony.
Amazing, I have zero doubt! Have you had any big career struggles so far?
It was very hard, at the beginning, to write what I wanted to write – fiction that asked moral questions. There were not many writers doing such and finding an audience was a slow climb. Also, being categorized as commercial fiction or women’s fiction has prevented people from taking my work seriously.
And what has been your biggest career win so far?
11 consecutive #1 NYT bestsellers.
Now that’s a career win! Is there any career advice you’ve received that you still hold on to?
Don’t write about the dinosaurs ’til they become oil – in other words, don’t write about what happens to you until you have time to process your emotions and regard the incident from an objective POV.
What about bad career advice?
Write that sells.
You have achieved so much already! What is the one thing you are most proud of?
My three children, who are all changing the world in various ways.
Is there one person that has inspired you in your career?
My editor, Jennifer Hershey – who is extraordinary at her craft – and my publicist, Susan Corcoran, who makes my life so much easier.
I think mentors are so important to a successful career. Do you have any mentors?
My former professor, Mary Morris, who taught me everything I know.
When do you feel the most confident?
When I’m standing in front of an audience talking about one of my books.
Currently coveting: Chocolate.
Favorite way to sweat: Hiking.
Favorite book: Too many to name.
Morning person or night owl? Morning person.
Favorite food: Chocolate ice cream.
Favorite city: London.
You can see Ana’s full interview here!
*Disclaimer: This content was sent to me by Ana Milosavic to post on my blog.*