Joanne Kathleen Rowling

Due to the popularity and enormous success of the Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling is considered one of the most successful writers of today. J.K. Rowling was born on March 31, 1965 in Gloucestershire, England, and has a younger sister, Di. She started writing at the age of 5, and her first novel “Rabbit” was filled with interesting characters from animal kingdom.

She was inspired to begin writing while taking a trip by train, and later admitted that she wanted to create a “special world” where kids would have absolute power.

Even though she approached writing with immeasurable devotion, J.K. Rowling could never imagine the popularity and success that Harry Potter novels would achieve. Her only motivation was to begin the book, finish it, and then publish it. Shortly after the publisher, Bloomsbury Children’s Book, published her book in June 1997, J.K. Rowling, in writers’ circles, was viewed as a “world’s most famous discovery” of today.

She is the author of most likable and most famous character in modern fiction, as well as the author and creator of personal escape from poverty.

In her childhood, J.K. Rowling moved twice. While living with her family in suburbs of Bristol her first neighbor was Ian Potter, who later became one of her best friends, and whom she loved very much and never forgot.

With the parental influence, J.K. Rowling completed her studies of French and English language. She planned to pursue a career in being a secretary. However, shortly afterwards, she realized that secretarial career is not in her nature. Personally, she describes herself as an awful secretary, very un-organized, and not able to concentrate during important meetings. While working as a secretary she would focus on making mental notes for her novels, instead of concentration on her current job.

When she turned 26, she moved to Portugal and began working as an English professor. Her classes were held mainly in the afternoon and in the evenings. Remainder of the day, she spent focused on her writing. During this time she began writing a story about a “wizard”.

In Portugal, she married a local journalist in 1993, with whom she has a daughter named Jessica. Shortly after the birth of her daughter, her marriage ends in a divorce, and J.K. Rowling, as a single mother, moves to Edinburgh, Scotland to be closer to her sister, Di. It is during this phase in her life that she decides to finish and publish the Harry Potter book. She was divorced, lived alone with her daughter in a modest apartment, and depended on welfare in order to survive. “Harry Potter and Sorcere’s Stone” was written on a table in a nearby café. Café servedJ.K. and her daughter as a shelter from the cold. And it was exactly Harry Potter that saved J.K. Rowling.

Receiving a donation from Scottish Artist Association, Joanne was able to finish the book, and after selling it to English publishers Bloomsbury and Scholastic Books for $4,000, she began receiving awards and acknowledgments. When Harry Potter and Sorcere’s Stone was published in England in 1997, Joanne gains instant fame. In that same year, Joanne receives the Children’s Book of the Year award, along with Smarties Prize. Rights to the book were bought in numerous countries, and the book was desired by the readers worldwide.

Some sources claim that in the summer of 2000, for the first three Harry Potter books, J.K. Rowling earned over $400 million. The series was printed in 35 different languages, and sold over 30 million copies. In her Harry Potter novels, Joanne, through the main character, profusely fights evil at all cost.

She spent 5 years writing her first book. Joanne does not use a computer, her work is hand-written. Her favorite illustrations are either American or Dutch.

J.K. Rowling wrote and continues to write stories about Harry Potter, a true literary phenomenon of the current and the past century. Joanne is a quiet, keeps-to-herself, and very creative woman. Her talent to create imaginary characters and depict them in writing changed her life totally. Exploring the world of imagination, like written in fairy tales, made Joanne rich and famous. Millions of readers worldwide were given happiness with her series of novels.

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