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Picoult s Perth family affair
Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer talk about their new book Between The Lines in Perth. Picture: Astrid Volzke/The West Australian

Jodi Picoult, one of the world's most successful female authors, soaked up Perth's sunshine and scenery yesterday when she made the first stop in the city on her Australian tour for her new book.

But this book and tour are very different to the writer's usual, and highly successful, offerings.

For the first time, Picoult, who has written 19 novels, collaborated with her 16-year-old daughter Sammy Van Leer to write Between the Lines and brought her co-author on her first book tour and her first visit to Australia.

They spent a few days in Broome before flying to Perth to meet almost 300 fans at a morning tea reading and signing, hosted by _The West Australian's _Events Program.

The audience listened intently to the entertaining pair explain how they ended up co-writing the book, which is aimed at young adults and is an illustrated fairytale.

Picoult is renowned for writing novels that tackle moral dilemmas, such as being the mother of a child who carries out a school shooting.

"Sammy was 13 years old when she said, 'Mum, I think I have a really good idea for a book'. She said what if every time you close a book, the characters had lives and personalities different to those in the book," Picoult said.

The 46-year-old said the idea appealed to her because "everyone understands that connection to a book and wonders what happens to those characters after the end of the book".

The West Australian

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