Joanne Rowling

Joanne Rowling

British writer
Date of Birth: 31.07.1965
Country: Great Britain

  1. Biography of J.K. Rowling
  2. Early Life
  3. Education and Early Career
  4. Personal Struggles and Breakthrough
  5. Writing Career and Success
  6. Later Career and Writing

Biography of J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling, a British writer, has a story that is just as magical in many ways as the story of the young wizard she created. Despite a long string of failures and rejections from various publishers, Rowling became one of the most famous and wealthiest women in the world in a relatively short period of time.

Joanne Rowling

Early Life

Rowling was born in Yate, Gloucestershire, England. She began writing fairy tales as a child, with her sister being her first audience. At the age of 9, Rowling was introduced to the autobiography of Jessica Mitford by her grandmother. Mitford became a role model and inspiration for the young girl.

Joanne Rowling

Rowling's childhood was not easy. Her mother suffered from illness, and she had a difficult relationship with her father. Although she didn't stand out for any particular talent among her peers, Rowling excelled in her studies and had a voracious appetite for reading.

Joanne Rowling

Education and Early Career

In 1982, Rowling attempted to enter Oxford University but didn't pass the exams. She eventually obtained her bachelor's degree from Exeter University. Her education proved to be beneficial for her social life, as she made many new friends who boosted her self-esteem.

Joanne Rowling

After university, Rowling moved to London, where she worked for the project 'Amnesty International'. Later, together with her partner, she decided to relocate to Manchester. It was during a train ride from Manchester to London that the idea of a story about a boy attending a school for wizards came to Rowling's mind in 1990. She started bringing her idea to life as soon as she had the chance.

Personal Struggles and Breakthrough

Shortly after, Rowling faced another significant event that deeply influenced the spirit of her book. Her mother passed away after a 10-year battle with multiple sclerosis. Rowling also spent some time in Portugal, teaching English and working on her book during the nights. It was there that she met journalist Jorge Arantes. They got married on October 16, 1992, and their daughter Jessica was born on July 27, 1993. However, after just 13 months and 1 day of marriage, Rowling and Arantes divorced. According to rumors, Arantes treated Rowling poorly, although the exact details are not known.

Following her divorce, Rowling felt like an absolute failure and suffered from clinical depression. She even considered suicide. The emotions she experienced during that period were later reflected in the characters of the dementors, the soul-sucking guards of magical prisons.

Writing Career and Success

Rowling completed the first book in the Harry Potter series in 1995. The manuscript was rejected by 12 publishers before 'Bloomsbury' finally accepted it. Rumor has it that the 8-year-old daughter of the company's chairman played a significant role in the decision-making process after reading the first chapter and demanding more. However, even 'Bloomsbury' advised Rowling to find a "real job" since the chances of making money in children's literature were considered slim.

Rowling was fortunate to receive a grant that allowed her to continue writing. The first edition of her book consisted of only 1,000 copies, but now they are worth between 16,000 and 25,000 pounds each. After just 5 months, Rowling received her first literary award, and this was just the beginning.

As the new volumes of the Harry Potter series were released, Rowling's fame and success grew exponentially. The last book in the series was completed on January 11, 2007, and was published on July 21, selling 11 million copies on its first day. The Harry Potter brand became an international phenomenon worth approximately $15 billion, and according to Forbes, Rowling became the first billionaire to earn her fortune in literature.

Later Career and Writing

In December 2001, Rowling married an anesthetist named Neil Michael Murray. They currently reside in Edinburgh, Scotland. In February 2012, Rowling published 'The Casual Vacancy', a novel that deviated significantly from the Harry Potter series and targeted adult readers. While it did not reach the same level of success as her previous works, it sold over a million copies in the first three weeks.

Rowling continued to surprise her readers by publishing a detective novel, 'The Cuckoo's Calling', under the pseudonym 'Robert Galbraith'. The book received positive reviews, and Rowling's true identity was eventually revealed. This marked the beginning of a new series featuring detective Cormoran Strike.

In addition to her writing, Rowling has also been involved in various philanthropic activities and has supported numerous charitable causes. She continues to write and explore new literary projects, including fairy tales and political-themed works.

On May 26, 2020, Rowling began publishing a new children's book titled 'The Ickabog'. The book is being released chapter by chapter on a special website, and a contest for children's illustrations accompanies its publication. The Russian translation is available on the same website in a separate language section.