If you couldn't go to BEA (Book Expo America) and watch Jodi Picoult's Keynote speach, they now have it ONLINE.
It's 50 minutes and well worth it!
Don't write what you know... write what you are willing to learn!
Sometimes she spends more time researching her books than she does writing them. She has really done a lot of cool stuff in the name of fiction research! Watching open heart surgery, going to jail, ghosthunting...
And fascinating stuff about America's history in "racial hygine"... holy cow... who knew?!