Today is author Veronica Roth’s birthday. Known for her dystopian saga Divergent, Roth is a young novelist who made a name for herself when she entered the ranks alongside Suzanne Collins and Kiera Cass. So to celebrate her special day, we’ve collected some of the most interesting facts about Roth and her successful career.
She became a published author at the age of 23
Divergent was written during the winter break of Roth’s senior year at Northwestern University and finally hit the shelves in 2011, a year after she graduated.
Her first writing critique wasn’t the greatest
In an interview with Barnes & Noble, Roth explained that her work got pretty marked up when presented in her first college writing workshop. This, however, is what pushed her to be open to criticism without any resentment.
Her favorite novel is Animal Farm by George Orwell
Orwell’s biggest fan, some might say. Could Triss and Four be based on some of the rebellious animals?
She writes almost daily
And has been, for a decade. In an interview with Faze, Roth revealed that she’s been consistent with writing since she was a teenager.
She has never-to-be-seen poems
High school Veronica Roth tried other forms of writing. Poems, most notably. She didn’t believe them to be any good, despite taping them all around her room, so she dropped the practice.