Laura Hillenbrand is the author of the award winning novel Unbroken. Unbroken tells the story of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic track athlete who earned 8th place in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. He then went on to serve in the military during World War II. Hillenbrand initially sat with Zamperini and listened to his story. She later went on to say that she felt moved by her novel because she wrote it while sympathizing with Zamperini’s words, expressing her emotion through him. Hillenbrand also suffers from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, (CFS) where she constantly feels drained of energy, often has pain and is unable to move around the amount an average person may move.