Jeanne DuPrau | Author of The Books of Ember

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About Jeanne

Photo of Jeanne reading with her sister

Jeanne reading with her little sister

Jeanne DuPrau has always loved reading. Here she is reading with her little sister.

I never hesitated, if I happened to finish a particularly wonderful book, to turn around and read it again, right there.— Eudora Welty

Photo of Jeanne at her desk

Jeanne at her desk

Jeanne spends several hours of every day at her computer, thinking up sentences. She has this quote taped to her wall:

A writer is someone for whom writing is harder than it is for other people.— Thomas Mann

This gives her courage, because she finds writing very hard. So many words to choose from! So many different things that could happen in a story at any moment! Writing is one tough decision after another.

But it's also the most satisfying thing she knows how to do. So she keeps doing it. So far, she has written five novels, six books of non-fiction, and quite a few essays and stories.

Photo of Jeanne in her garden

Jeanne in her garden

Jeanne DuPrau doesn't write every minute of every day. She also putters around in her garden. She lives in California, where it's easy to grow everything from apples to zinnias.

I'd rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck.— Emma Goldman

Jeanne feels the same way.

Jeanne DuPrau doesn't have children, but she has two nephews in college and a niece who's a ballerina with the San Francisco Ballet.

Photo of Jeanne's puppy, Jockey

Jockey in the garden

She also has a puppy. His name is Jockey, and he's a Norfolk terrier. Right now, Jockey is working on the basics, like how to walk on a leash, and how not to make puddles in the house. But he's very smart, and soon he will move on to more advanced subjects. He says he's not interested in reading, but you never know.

I have just captured a snail. I will put it here for you, on the rug.— Jockey

Photo of Jeanne reading

Jeanne reading

She still loves reading. She hopes you do, too.

Just the knowledge that a good book is awaiting one at the end of a long day makes that day happier.— Kathleen Norris

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