J. K. Rowling

J. K. Rowling

Joanne "Jo" Rowling (born 31 July 1965), pen names J. K. Rowling and Robert Galbraith, is a British novelist, screenwriter and film producer best known as the author of the Harry Potter fantasy series. The books have gained worldwide attention, won multiple awards, and sold more than 400 million copies. They have become the best-selling book series in history.

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I've been asked this question so many times - 'do you feel you need to write a book for adults?' No, I don't need to write a book for adults.

Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can't see where it keeps its brain.

The most important thing is to read as much as you can like I did. It will give you an understanding of what makes good writing and it will enlarge your vocabulary.

I'm pro Union.

Poverty entails fear and stress, and sometimes depression. It meets a thousand petty humiliations and hardships. Climbing out of poverty by your own efforts, that is something on which to pride yourself, but poverty itself is romanticized by fools.

I received free health care.

I am proud of having done what I've done. Very proud.

The fame thing is interesting because I never wanted to be famous and I never dreamt I would be famous.

I think you're working and learning until you die.

Jane Austen is the pinnacle to which all other authors aspire.

However my parents - both of whom came from impoverished backgrounds, and neither of whom had been to college - took the view that my overactive imagination was an amusing quirk that would never pay a mortgage or secure a pension.

I would like to be remembered as someone who did the best she could with the talent she had.

People ask me if there are going to be stories of Harry Potter as an adult. Frankly if I wanted to I could keep writing stories until Harry is a senior citizen but I don't know how many people would actually want to read about a 65 year old Harry still at Hogwarts playing bingo with Ron and Hermione.

If you want to see the true measure of a man watch how he treats his inferiors not his equals.

There appears to be something to do with vehicles and movement that stimulates my writing.

There was a point where I really felt I had 'penniless divorcee lone parent' tattooed on my head.

The poor are discussed as this homogeneous mash like porridge. The idea that they might be individuals and be where they are for very different diverse reasons again seems to escape some people.

The thing about the 600 words I mean some day you can do a very very very hard day's work and not write a word just revising or you would scribble a few words.

I feel 80% of my life is completely normal.

Hearing voices no one else can hear isn't a good sign even in the wizarding world.

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