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Veronica Roth
Head and shoulders photo
Roth at the film premiere of Divergent in California on March 18, 2014
BornVeronica Anne Roth[1]
(1988-08-19) August 19, 1988 (age 35)
New York City, New York, U.S.
OccupationNovelist, short story writer
Alma materNorthwestern University (2010)
GenreYoung adult, dystopian fantasy, adventure
Notable worksDivergent trilogy
Nelson Fitch
(m. 2011)
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Veronica Anne Roth (born August 19, 1988) is an American novelist and short story writer, known for her bestselling Divergent trilogy which has sold more than 35 million copies worldwide.

Personal and early life[edit]

Veronica Roth was born on August 19, 1988, in New York City, and was raised primarily in Barrington, Illinois.[2] Her mother, Barbara Ross, is a painter who resides in Barrington.[2][3] She is the youngest of three children. Her parents divorced when she was five years old, and her mother remarried to Frank Ross, a financial consultant for landscaping companies.[2][4] Her brother and sister live in the Chicago area.[2]

Roth is of German and Polish descent.[5][6] Roth says of her father: "He had a job, and worked far away. Now I have a good relationship with my stepdad."[7] Her maternal grandparents were concentration camp survivors, whose religious convictions pushed her mother away from religion. Roth learned about Christianity by attending a Christian Bible study during her high school years, and has stayed with it.[4][8]

Roth went to Grove Avenue Elementary School, Prairie Middle School, and Barrington High School.[3] After one year at Carleton College, she transferred to Northwestern University for its creative writing program.[4][9]

Roth married photographer Nelson Fitch in 2011.[10] They reside in the Chicago area.[4]


Roth wrote her first book, Divergent, while on winter break in her senior year at Northwestern University, and found an agent by the following March.[4][9][11] Her career took off rapidly with the novel's success; 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.[4][12][13][14] Her first two novels sold over five million copies worldwide by fall 2013, just as the film based on the first novel was wrapping up.[15]

Roth sold the film rights to The Divergent Series to Summit Entertainment.[14][16][17] 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.[18][19] The film was released on March 20, 2015.[20] On April 11, 2014, Summit Entertainment announced that the third book, Allegiant, would be split into two films, part 1 and part 2. Former Part 1 is called The Divergent Series: Allegiant, and was released on March 18, 2016, and former Part 2 is named The Divergent Series: Ascendant, and was scheduled to be released on March 24, 2017.[21][22] The theatrical release for Ascendant was cancelled in favor of it being a television film and spinoff series.[23] The television film and spinoff series were later cancelled.[24]

Roth has written four short stories from character Tobias Eaton's point of view. 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.[25] The second story is titled The Initiate.[26] The stories are sold separately as e-books and also bound together under the title Four: A Divergent Story Collection.[27] The last two short stories of Tobias's stories are titled The Son and The Traitor.[28] The story collection was published in several forms in July 2014.[29] 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 in the United States and in 2013 in the UK.[30]

Publisher HarperCollins announced a two-book deal with Roth for publication of two young adult novels. The first book, Carve the Mark, was published on January 17, 2017[31][32] and the sequel, titled The Fates Divide, was released on April 10, 2018.[33] An epilogue to Divergent, titled We Can Be Mended, was announced in December 2016. It could either be purchased independently or included as an extra with a Carve the Mark pre-order.[34]

In October 2018, HarperCollins announced another two-book deal with Roth. The first is a collection of short stories titled The End and Other Beginnings which take place in a future with advanced technology. One of the stories in the collections, Inertia, has been optioned for film adaptation by Fox 2000 Pictures.[35]

John Joseph Adams Books acquired Roth's book Chosen Ones for publication on April 6, 2020.[36][37]




  1. ^ "Veronica Roth". Newsmakers. 2. Gale Student Resources in Context. September 5, 2014. Retrieved November 20, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d Wainwright, Natalie (July 5, 2011). "'Divergent': A Bestseller Built in Evanston". Evanston Roundtable. Archived from the original on October 17, 2014. Retrieved September 13, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Lizluby; Goetze, Catherine (October 6, 2013). "365BarringtonTV Interviews DIVERGENT Author Veronica Roth". Retrieved October 23, 2013.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Borrelli, Christopher (October 22, 2013). "The next YA superstar?". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved October 23, 2013.
  5. ^ First Jumper (May 1, 2012). "Missed the Twitter Chat? Not to Worry~Full Transcript of Veronica Roth's Q & A Session [5/1] #InsurgentDay". Divergent Fans (unofficial fan site). Archived from the original on March 15, 2014. Retrieved September 15, 2014.
  6. ^ Clarke, Donald (April 4, 2014). "Roth's child: Divergent author talks". The Irish Times. Retrieved April 28, 2015.
  7. ^ Kidd, James (January 5, 2014). "'I don't want smut on the page': Divergent author Veronica Roth on sex and teen fiction". The Independent. Retrieved September 15, 2014.
  8. ^ Roth, Veronica (September 29, 2010). "Christian Take on Banning SPEAK". blogspot. VeronicaRothBooks. Archived from the original on October 24, 2013. Retrieved March 29, 2014.
  9. ^ a b Leopold, Wendy (May 5, 2010). "A Book Contract Already! Weinberg undergraduate gets a three-book deal from HarperCollins". Northwestern University News Center. Retrieved August 29, 2013.
  10. ^ Bock, Cathy and David. "Veronica and Nelson Married". Cathy and David Photographers. Archived from the original on May 7, 2013.
  11. ^ Deutsch, Lindsay (April 17, 2013). "Veronica Roth 'Divergent' video reveal: Book 3 is ..." USA Today. Retrieved July 10, 2012.
  12. ^ Truitt, Brian (March 29, 2012). "Exclusive trailer and interview: 'Insurgent' by Veronica Roth". USA Today. Archived from the original on March 31, 2012. Retrieved April 12, 2012.
  13. ^ Dominus, Susan (May 12, 2011). "In This Dystopia, Teens Must Choose Wisely". The New York Times. Retrieved April 12, 2012.
  14. ^ a b Crowder, Courtney (April 20, 2011). "Chicago novelist sells film rights". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved October 12, 2014.
  15. ^ Potter, Janet (October 22, 2013). "Veronica Roth divides to conquer". Chicago Reader. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  16. ^ Elfman, Mali (July 21, 2011). "Comic-Con 2011: Veronica Roth from Divergent Press Conference". Screencrave.com. Archived from the original on December 8, 2011. Retrieved March 10, 2012.
  17. ^ Kung, Michelle (July 23, 2011). "'Divergent' Author Veronica Roth on Her Film Adaptation". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved April 13, 2012.
  18. ^ Lang, Brent (March 21, 2014). "'Divergent' Debuts to $4.9 Million, Lionsgate Greenlights 'Insurgent'". The Wrap. Retrieved March 22, 2014.
  19. ^ Gomez, Luis (March 6, 2014). "'Divergent' sequel will film in Atlanta, but what about Chicago?". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved April 26, 2014.
  20. ^ Linshi, Jack (March 22, 2015). "Insurgent Tops Weekend Box Office But Misses Divergent Mark". Time Magazine. Retrieved March 22, 2015.
  21. ^ Coggan, Devan (September 10, 2015). "The last two Divergent movies have titles: Allegiant and Ascendant". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved November 2, 2015.
  22. ^ McNary, Dave (April 11, 2014). "Lionsgate Splitting Third 'Divergent' Book 'Allegiant' into Two Films". Variety. Retrieved November 2, 2015.
  23. ^ McNary, Dave (August 4, 2016). "Lionsgate Offers Confident Outlook for 'Divergent' TV Spinoff: 'There's a Tremendous Fandom'". Variety. Retrieved February 6, 2019.
  24. ^ Arthur, Kate (December 18, 2018). "How "Divergent" Turned Into A Disaster". BuzzFeed News. Retrieved February 6, 2019.
  25. ^ "The Transfer: A Divergent Story". HarperCollins. Retrieved October 23, 2013.
  26. ^ "The Initiate: A Divergent Story unabridged". HarperCollins. Retrieved October 23, 2013.
  27. ^ Roth, Veronica (December 7, 2013). "News About the "Four" Stories". Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  28. ^ "Four". HarperCollins. Retrieved October 23, 2013.
  29. ^ "Four: A Divergent Story Collection". Fantastic Fiction. Retrieved October 12, 2014.
  30. ^ "Free Four". Fantastic Fiction. Retrieved November 2, 2015.
  31. ^ "HarperCollins Publishers Announces Two-Book Deal with Veronica Roth". HarperCollins. March 2, 2015. Archived from the original on September 5, 2015. Retrieved December 7, 2015.
  32. ^ Biedenharn, Isabella (May 5, 2016). "Veronica Roth reveals Carve the Mark, first book in sci-fi duology". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 18, 2016.
  33. ^ Svachula, Amanda (April 20, 2018). "Veronica Roth dots new novel 'The Fates Divide' with 'little pieces' of Chicago". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  34. ^ a b "Veronica Roth releasing 'We Can Be Mended' along with 'Carve The Mark'". Vowelor. December 4, 2016. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  35. ^ Kantor, Emma (October 4, 2018). "HarperCollins Acquires Two Books by Veronica Roth". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved October 1, 2019.
  36. ^ "NEWS: THE CHOSEN ONE by Veronica Roth Acquired for John Joseph Adams Books (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)". John Joseph Adams. August 2, 2018. Retrieved October 1, 2019.
  37. ^ Canfield, David (September 30, 2019). "Chosen Ones: See an exclusive preview of Veronica Roth's thrilling adult debut". EW.com. Retrieved October 1, 2019.
  38. ^ Roth, Veronica (February 19, 2013). "Excerpt from "Hearken," from the Shards and Ashes anthology!". Veronica Roth. Archived from the original on December 18, 2013. Retrieved November 6, 2013.
  39. ^ Roth, Veronica (April 16, 2018). The Fates Divide. HarperCollins. ISBN 978-0-06-242695-6. Retrieved May 16, 2018. {{cite book}}: |work= ignored (help)
  40. ^ "Announcing the Goodreads Choice Winner in Favorite Book of 2011!". Goodreads. Retrieved April 4, 2021.
  41. ^ "Announcing the Goodreads Choice Winner in Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction!". Goodreads. Retrieved April 4, 2021.
  42. ^ "Announcing the Goodreads Choice Winner in Best Goodreads Author!". Goodreads. Retrieved April 4, 2021.
  43. ^ "Announcing the Goodreads Choice Winner in Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction!". Goodreads. Retrieved April 4, 2021.
  44. ^ "Announcing the Goodreads Choice Winner in Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction!". Goodreads. Retrieved April 4, 2021.

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