Who doesn’t know about J.K. Rowling and J.K. Rowling biography? She is one of British top billionaire thanks to her fantasy wizard story which she first wrote down on a piece of café napkin. This story of her then becomes one of the famous fantasy stories of all time, Harry Potter. It has been filmed and commercially successful and grossing millions of dollars worldwide.
J.K. Rowling biography
Born as Joanne Rowling on July 31, 1965 to Peter James Rowling and Anne Rowling, J.K Rowling added initial “K” into her name to fulfil a demand from her publisher. At that time, the publisher thought that people do not want to read a fantasy story written by a woman so that they made her name to look like a man’s by giving two initials in front of her surname. Since she did not have a middle name, she took “K” from her grandmother name “Kathleen” and is commonly known as Joanne Kathleen Rowling now.
Young Rowling had already showed her interest in fantasy story and her passion in writing. She wrote her first story when she was five and read her story to family and friends. Recognizing her big passion in literature, her great aunt gave her an autobiography of Jessica Mitford whom had been her idol since then.
Rowling started to write Harry Potter in 1990 after a trip back from Manchester to London. She started with Harry character and added the other characters which were inspired from people in her life such as her principal in primary and her childhood friend.
She faced the hardest time in her life seven years after she graduated from university when she found herself divorced and jobless with one kid. However, this period of her life gave her the opportunity to lay back, contemplate, and finish her work of Harry Potter, the book which makes all of us want to know about J.K. Rowling biography.
Now, we will move on and pick up from how she tried to sell Harry Potter until it became a hit.
Soon after its first book launching Harry Potter and the Philosopher Stone, it gained worldwide attention and multiple awards. In the United States, the book even got its own title Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, giving evidence of how big the impact it made in the wide society. It was sold more than 400 million copies worldwide and a film franchise was made soon after. This was a turning point in J.K Rowling’s life. The phrase “from rags to riches” is really appropriate to describe how her life’s change. Only in five years, she moved from living on state welfare with one child after divorce into a world level billionaire.
J.K. Rowling biography
With a phenomenal success like Harry Potter, you may think that publishers were rushing to Rowling begging her to turn in its publishing right. Unfortunately, that was not what happened. As hard as it is to imagine, Harry Potter manuscript was turned down repeatedly before she finally could convince a small publishing house to publish her story. In total, there were 12 publishing houses which rejected her manuscript. It was Alice Newton, the daughter of Bloomsbury’s chairman, the small publishing house which decided to publish Rowling’s manuscript, who saw the potential of the book.
Rowling first listed in Forbes’ billionaire list in 2004. She was also listed as 144th richest person in Britain by Sunday Times Rich List. Her changed fortune was also proved when she purchased a luxurious estate house in Killiechassie House. She also purchased a house in West London for £4.5 million and another one in Edinburgh.
J.K. Rowling biography with how Rowling’s life changed after Harry Potter took off and gained worldwide recognition. Now, we will continue with J.K. Rowling’s personal life after the success.
After a fail marriage which basically put her life to the lowest stage, Rowling finally found a new love in Neil Michael Murray. He was a Canadian anaesthetist and also a divorcee. She married Murray on December 26, 2001 in a private ceremony in Aberfeldy home. A son and a daughter, David Gordon Rowling Murray and Mackenzie Jean Rowling Murray, were born from this marriage on March 24 2003 and January 23, 2005.
Rowling has a close relationship with former British Prime Minister’s wife, Sarah Brown. They met in a charitable act led by Rowling herself, One Parent Families. Rowling was the first to visit Sarah Brown when her son, Fraser, was born.
For her achievements, Rowling has received many honorary degrees from reputable universities in England. Some of them are University of Edinburgh, St. Andrew’s University, University of Exeter, and Napier University. She was also give the honor to deliver a commencement speech in Harvard University in 2008. In 2009, France’s president Nicolas Sarkozy awarded her Legion d’honneur. To complete recognition achievements list in J.K. Rowling biography.
Rowling does not forget about her struggling past when she needed to take care of one child only on welfare support after she achieved a lot of fortune. She is committed in many charitable acts and leading one of them, One Parent Families, by herself. She publishes children book stories to support the charity. Rowling also founded her own charity, Children’s high Level Group, with Emma Nicholson. She also shows great interest in supporting multiple sclerosis cause. With her personality, it looks like the list will grow bigger in J.K. Rowling biography.