‘You sort of start thinking anything’s possible if you have got enough nerve’, says the receiver of the Order of the Champions Honour J.K Rowling who shaped her life of what she had dreamt of despite all the odds and criticism. Her life is a prototype of a struggling journey where hard work and determination pays off! J.K Rowling is today one of the most read novelists of this age—with more than 12 novels, 7 Hollywood movies and 15 plus international awards. Her life is an inspiration for all the struggling artists—shinning as a motivation for those who are adamant to become something more than what they are born as.
A GLANCE AT ROWLING’S EARLY LIFE
Born in the house of an aircraft engineer, J. K Rowling is one of the two children of James Rowling. Her mother, Anne Rowling was a working woman who supported her family by working as a science technician. Rowling had the love for literature and writing ever since she was a child. She was constantly supported for her stories by her mother and sister. She spent her early life at Wales, reading books and polishing her artistic abilities.
As a teenager, she had an awful life. Her parents had separated—father left the family and mother was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. In 1992, Rowling appeared in Oxford University’s entrance exam but couldn’t pass it. She didn’t let this rejection lower her morale and decided to study from the University of Exeter instead. She got a BA degree in French and Classics. Her professor, Martin Sorrell described her as a hard-working student that used to appear in classes with a denim jacket on and participated well in academic areas. After her studies, she did a few jobs like working as a bilingual secretary at Amnesty International, London. She married a guy named Jorje Arantes on October 16, 1992, but sadly the marriage couldn’t last long and ended up within a year. During this time, Rowling suffered both physically and emotionally from a miscarriage, however, later she conceived and gave birth to a healthy child whom she named Isabel.
WHERE DID ALL THE MOTIVATION COME FROM?
What’s bad for the heart is good for arts and that is what happened with Rowling. Life got hard on her only to carve her into a diamond. She had already lost her mother two years before her marriage. So, with the hope of building a meaningful relationship with her husband and to share her burden with him, Rowling got married with all of her heart. Sadly, she could never find solace in him and her first marriage turned out to be a mess. It is said that Rowling was a victim of domestic violence but its extent is still unknown.
Seven years later upon finally graduating from university, Rowling realized that she was not even close to fulfilling her dreams. It was the worst of times. She was a lone single parent and at the top of it jobless. Rowling describes this period not as a failure but as a liberator granting her ample time to work on the novel she had started writing even before her mother’s death. Little did Rowling know that the novel she was working on will uplift her life from a ranger to a rich.
After finishing the novel Rowling was working on since a long time ago under the title of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, she finally decided to publish it 1995. She submitted the novel to at least twelve different publishers but none of them were willing to take her work. After much struggle and strife, her novel was finally accepted by Bloomsbury publishing house in London but the editor still disappointed her by saying that she must find a day job because her chances of getting successful as a children’s writer are very less. Initially, 1000 copies were published, half of which were distributed to the libraries. Luck and hard work really paid off in Rowling’s case and within months she became famous among people. Upon reading her unique work, the Scottish Arts Council granted her funds to continue working on the Harry Potter series. Within a short period of time, Rowling received some honourable awards like Nestle Smarties Book Prize and British Book Award for Children’s Book of the Year. The book was then sold to Scholastic Inc. publishing company in an auction for the US $105,000. The company then published it in the US with a little change in the title as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
J.K Rowling then produced six other books of Harry Potter series after the first part was published with titles as Harry Potter and the Chambers of Secret, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and lastly Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Each of the books was a success in its own. Give your room a magical look by storing your books in this fantasic wooden book holder!
J.K Rowling is not only the creator of Harry Potter series but has also some other masterpieces like Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and The Cursed Child that is also set in the universe of Harry Potter saga. Some other popular novels of Rowling includes The Casual Vacancy and The Cuckoo’s Calling
J.K ROWLING AND HER PEN NAMES
Well, the name J.K Rowling itself is a pen name, the original being Joanne Rowling. She was advised by the publishing companies to hide her female identity by using only the first two initials of her name. As Rowling had no middle name so she took her grandmother’s name Kathleen for this. The publishers advised this keeping in mind the targeted audience as they thought that young boys will not be impressed by the story and characterization of Harry if they know it is written by a female writer. Her other pseudo name includes Robert Galbraith under which she has written the Cormoran Strike series
AWARDS AND CRITICAL REVIEWS
Harry Potter series made Rowling won three consecutive Smarties Prize Award that nobody else had achieved before her. In addition this she won various other book-of-the-year and author-of-the year awards. Some of the most recognizable awards won by Rowling includes Most Excellence Order of British Empire, Order of the Companions of Honor, The Royal Society of Literature Award, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh Award and The Royal Society of Edinburgh Award. According to the Forbes report, J.K Rowling is the first ever person that became US dollar billionaire by writing books. Not only among the audience, but Rowling also gathered huge acclaim from critics.
J.K ROWLING’S INSPIRATIONS
J.K Rowling was greatly inspired by the activist Jessica Mitford and her powerful writings. Rowling has remarked on various occasions that Mitford was her heroine ever since she was a child. She was greatly captivated by her stories of bravery and her daunting personality. Other than this, Rowling’s favourite author of all times is Jane Austen and her novel Emma is really close to her heart. In her childhood, she was also impressed by stories like The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S Lewis and The Little White House by Elizabeth Goudge.
FINDING SOLACE IN PERSONAL LIFE
After spending years as a single parent, Rowling finally got married again on December 26, 2001, to Neil Murray who is a doctor by profession. Rowling soon after had a son whom she named Gordon Brown. The reason why she slowed down writing Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince a little is because she wanted to spare some time to cherish her motherhood as well. Her youngest child is her daughter Mackenzie Rowling Murray whom she also dedicated one of her masterpieces—Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Rowling is currently living with her family in Scotland.