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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The first story I finished was when I was six years old.

If you're holding out for universal popularity I'm afraid you will be in this cabin for a very long time.

I will carry on writing to be sure. But I don't know if I would want to publish again after Harry Potter.

Death obsesses me yes it does. I can't really understand why it doesn't obsess everyone - I think it does really I'm just a little more out about it.

The middle class is so funny it's the class I know best and it's the class where you find the most pretension so that's what makes the middle classes so funny.

I love a good Dorothy L. Sayers.

You lose your individuality a huge amount when you have no money and I certainly had that experience.

With all of their benefits, and there are many, one of the things I regret about e-books is that they have taken away the necessity of trawling foreign bookshops, or the shelves of holiday houses, to find something to read. I've come across gems and stinkers that way, and both can be fun.

I'm interested in that drive, that rush to judgment that is so prevalent in our society. We all know that pleasurable rush that comes from condemning, and in the short term it's quite a satisfying thing to do, isn't it?

Why do I talk about the benefits of failure? Simply because failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was and began to direct all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me.

In a novel you have to resist the urge to tell everything.

Talent and intelligence never yet inoculated anyone against the caprice of the fates.

And the idea of just wandering off to a cafe with a notebook and writing and seeing where that takes me for awhile is just bliss.

There's no formula.

We do stigmatise teens a lot and see them as scary and alien.

If you love something - and there are things that I love - you do want more and more and more of it but that's not the way to produce good work.

But I was the most unashamed lone parent you were ever going to meet.

I'm a writer and I will write what I want to write.

I've laid my friends bare.

Whether you come back by page or by the big screen Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.

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