Jacquelyn Mitchard is the author of 21 books of fiction and non-fiction for adults, Young Adults, and children, with more than 4 million copies in print worldwide, in 31 languages. They include The Deep End of the Ocean, the first selection of the Oprah Winfrey Book Club, a #1 New York Times bestseller, and adapted for a major motion picture by Michelle Pfeiffer as well as The Midnight Twins, now in development by Kaleidoscope Entertainment for an HBO series.
Mitchard’s novels have won or been short-listed for the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction, The Bram Stoker Award, The Shirley Jackson Award, the Heartland Prize for Fiction and the UK’s Talkabout Prize, and have included five New York Times bestsellers. She has also authored an essay collection (Dispatches from the Mother Ship) and a memoir, Mother Less Child.
She was editor in chief and curator of Merit Press, a realistic Young Adult imprint under the auspices of Simon and Schuster, and is now a professor of fiction and non-fiction in the MFA Programs in Creative Writing at Miami University of Ohio and Wilkes University.
Mitchard served on the Fiction Jury for the National Book Awards and has been a fellow at The Ragdale Foundation, Yaddo, The Macdowell Colony, and Hedgebrook.
She lives on Cape Cod with her family.