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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Tawni O`Dell  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction

Born: 1964 in Indiana, Pennsylvania


Illinois Connection

Tawni O'Dell graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in journalism and spent many years living in the Chicago area before moving back to Pennsylvania where she now lives with her two children and her husband.

Biographical and Professional Information

Tawni was born and raised in the coal-mining region of western Pennsylvania, the territory she writes about with such striking authenticity.

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Titles At Your Library


-- *''New York Times'' bestselling author of the novels ''Sister Mine'', ''Coal Run'', and ''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 at Infinity Media