Veronica Roth

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Veronica Roth
Veronica Roth March 18, 2014 (cropped).jpg
Roth at the film premiere of Divergent in California on March 18, 2014
Born (1988-08-19) August 19, 1988 (age 26)
New York City, New York, United States
Occupation Novelist and short story writer
Nationality American
Genre Young Adult, Dystopian
Notable works Divergent trilogy
Spouse Nelson Fitch

Veronica Roth (born August 19, 1988) is an American novelist and short story writer known for her debut New York Times bestselling Divergent trilogy, consisting of Divergent, Insurgent, and Allegiant; and Four: A Divergent Collection. Divergent was the recipient of the Goodreads Favorite Book of 2011 and the 2012 winner for Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction.[1][2]

Personal life[edit]

Veronica Roth was born on August 19, 1988 in New York City, and was raised primarily in Barrington, Illinois.[3] Her mother, Barbara Ross, is a painter who resides in Barrington.[3][4] She is the youngest of three children. Her parents divorced when she was five years old, and her mother has since remarried to Frank Ross, a financial consultant for landscaping companies.[5][3] Her brother and sister live in the Chicago area.[3]

She is of German and Polish descent.[6][7] Roth says of her father: "He had a job, and worked far away. Now I have a good relationship with my stepdad".[8] Her maternal grandparents were concentration camp survivors, whose religious convictions pushed her mother away from religion. Veronica Roth learned about Christianity by attending a Christian Bible study during her high school years, and has stayed with it.[5][9]

Roth graduated from Barrington High School.[10] After attending a year of college at Carleton College, she transferred to Northwestern University for its creative writing program.[5] She married photographer Nelson Fitch in 2011.[11] They reside in the Chicago area.[5]


Veronica Roth is best known for her trilogy of novels: Divergent, Insurgent, and Allegiant; Allegiant was released on October 22, 2013.[12]

She is the recipient of the Goodreads 2011 Choice Award and the Best of 2012 in the category Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction and also Best Goodreads Author in 2012.[1][2][13] Roth wrote her first book, Divergent, while on winter break in her senior year at Northwestern University.[5] Her career took off rapidly with the success of her first novel, with the publishing rights sold before she graduated from college in 2010 and the film rights sold mid-March 2011, before the novel was printed in April 2011.[5][14][15][16]

Roth sold the film rights to the Divergent series to Summit Entertainment.[16][17][18] Filming of Divergent, the adaptation of the first book in the series, was started in April 2013, and the film was released in March 2014. On March 21, 2014, Lionsgate officially greenlit the film adaptation of Insurgent.[19][20] The film was released on March 20, 2015.[21] On April 11, 2014, Summit Entertainment announced that the third book Allegiant would split into two films titled Allegiant - Part 1 and Allegiant - Part 2, with Part 1 scheduled to be released on March 18, 2016 and Part 2 on March 24, 2017.[22]

Four short stories from Tobias Eaton's point of view are outlined. The Transfer is the first of four short stories, which tells some of Tobias's life prior to Divergent. It was released on September 3, 2013.[23] The second story is titled The Initiate.[24] The stories are sold separately as e-books and also bound together under the title Four: A Divergent Story Collection.[25] The last two short stories of Tobias's stories are titled The Son and The Traitor.[26] The story collection was published in several forms in July 2014.[27] The novella Free Four: Tobias Tells the Story chapter thirteen of Divergent in Tobias's point of view, and was released for Kindle in 2012.[28]



  1. ^ a b "Results for Favorite Book of 2011". 
  2. ^ a b "Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction, 2012 award". Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d Natalie Wainwright (5 July 2011). "'Divergent': A Bestseller Built in Evanston". 
  4. ^ Lizluby (October 6, 2013). "365BarringtonTV Interviews DIVERGENT Author Veronica Roth". Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f Christopher Borrelli (October 22, 2013). "The next YA superstar?". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  6. ^ First Jumper (May 1, 2012). "Missed the Twitter Chat? Not to Worry~Full Trancript of Veronica Roth's Q & A Session [5/1] #InsurgentDay". Divergent Fans (unofficial fan site). Retrieved September 15, 2014. 
  7. ^ Donald Clarke (April 4, 2014). "Roth’s child: Divergent author talks". The Irish Times. Retrieved April 28, 2015. 
  8. ^ James Kidd (January 5, 2014). "'I don't want smut on the page': Divergent author Veronica Roth on sex and teen fiction". The Independent (UK). Retrieved September 15, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Christian Take on Banning SPEAK". blogspot. VeronicaRothBooks. 29 September 2010. Retrieved March 29, 2014. 
  10. ^ Leopold, Wendy (May 5, 2010). "A Book Contract Already! Weinberg undergraduate gets a three-book deal from HarperCollins". Retrieved August 29, 2013. 
  11. ^ Bock, Cathy and David. "Veronica and Nelson Married". Cathy and David Photographers. 
  12. ^ USA Today (April 17, 2013). "Veronica Roth 'Divergent' video reveal: Book 3 is ...". USA Today. Retrieved July 10, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Best Goodreads Author in 2012". Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  14. ^ Truitt, Brian (March 29, 2012). "Exclusive trailer and interview: 'Insurgent' by Veronica Roth". USA Today. Retrieved April 12, 2012. 
  15. ^ Dominus, Susan (May 12, 2011). "In This Dystopia, Teens Must Choose Wisely". The New York Times. Retrieved April 12, 2012. 
  16. ^ a b Courtney Crowder (April 20, 2011). "Chicago novelist sells film rights". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved October 12, 2014. 
  17. ^ Mali Elfman (July 21, 2011). "Comic-Con 2011: Veronica Roth from Divergent Press Conference". Retrieved March 10, 2012. 
  18. ^ Kung, Michelle (July 23, 2011). "‘Divergent’ Author Veronica Roth on Her Film Adaptation". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 13 April 2012. 
  19. ^ "‘Divergent’ Debuts to $4.9 Million, Lionsgate Greenlights ‘Insurgent’". Retrieved March 22, 2014. 
  20. ^ Luis Gomez (March 6, 2014). "'Divergent' sequel will film in Atlanta, but what about Chicago?". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved April 26, 2014. 
  21. ^ Jack Linshi (March 22, 2015). "Insurgent Tops Weekend Box Office But Misses Divergent Mark". Time Magazine. Retrieved March 22, 2015. 
  22. ^ "Lionsgate Splitting Third ‘Divergent’ Book ‘Allegiant’ into Two Films". Variety. 
  23. ^ "The Transfer: A Divergent Story". Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  24. ^ "The Initiate: A Divergent Story unabridged". Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  25. ^ Veronica Roth (December 7, 2013). "News About the "Four" Stories". Retrieved January 8, 2014. 
  26. ^ "Four". Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  27. ^ "Four: A Divergent Story Collection". Fantastic Fiction. Retrieved October 12, 2014. 
  28. ^ "Veronica Roth". Fantastic Fiction. Retrieved October 12, 2014. 
  29. ^ Roth, Veronica (February 19, 2013). "Excerpt from "Hearken," from the Shards and Ashes anthology!". Veronica Roth. Retrieved November 6, 2013. 

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