Veronica Roth graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in creative writing. While she was a student, she often chose to work on the story that would become 'Divergent' instead of doing her homework. It was indeed a transforming choice. Now a full-time writer, Ms Roth lives near Chicago. Her first novel, 'Divergent', was published by HarperCollins Children's Books in 2011 and the sequel 'Insurgent' was published in 2012.