Kathryn Stockett, author of the award-winning and successful novel The Help was born and raised in the setting of her very own book, Jackson, Mississippi. Stockett grew very close to her own maid growing up, which inspired her writing The Help. Another fun fact about her childhood, Stockett's best friend was in fact the director of the film version of The Help, Tate Taylor. Kathryn Stockett earned her degree in English and Creative Writing from the University of Alabama. After college, Stockett moved to New York City to pursue a career in writing. Stockett worked in the magazine publishing and marketing business for 16 years before writing her novel. The Help took five years for Stockett to write, and was turned down by 60 agents before an agent agreed to represent Stockett. Her agent seemed to have the right idea about The Help because it topped The New York Time's Best Seller List. The Help was published in forty two languages and was successful worldwide. So far, The Help is Kathryn Stockett's only novel. Kathryn Stockett currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia.