Tawni O’Dell is the New York Times bestselling author of five novels, including BACK ROADS, which was an Oprah’s Book Club pick and a Book-of-the-Month Club Main Selection. BACK ROADS is currently in development to be made into a film by Michael Ohoven, the producer of the Academy-Award-winning, Capote. She is also a contributor to several anthologies, including BECOMING MYSELF: Reflections on Growing Up Female. Her works have been published in over 40 countries.
Tawni was born and raised in the coal-mining region of western Pennsylvania, the territory she writes about with such striking authenticity. She graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in journalism and spent many years living in the Chicago area before moving back to Pennsylvania with her two children.