Raquel Jaramillo published the incredible novel Wonder under the pen name R.J. Palacio in February, 2012. Having spent over 20 years as an art director and book jacket designer, she decided it was the right time to write her first novel. After worrying how her young child would react to seeing a girl with facial birth defects, she was inspired to write Wonder by Natalie Merchant’s song of the same name which details a physically handicapped person overcoming their disability.
Wonder is now being adapted into a feature film starring Room’s Jacob Tremblay. R.J. Palacio currently lives in New York with her husband, two sons and two dogs.