Here are some interesting facts you maybe didn’t know about our Author of the week: J.K.Rowling:
Place of birth: Joanne Rowling was borne in 1965 in Yate Gloucestershire in The United Kingdom.
Family: Joanne was married to her first husband Jorge Arantes from 1992 to 1995. They had a daughter named Jessica together. Joanne then married Neil Murray in 2001. They have two children together David and Mackenzie Murray. Joanne and Neil are still married.
Books Published: J.K.Rowling is best known for the very popular children’s book series ‘Harry Potter’ From Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone which was the first book, to Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows’ which was the last book in this seven book series. The first Harry Potter book was published in 1997. She has also written related works to the Harry Potter series such as, ‘Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them’, ‘Quidditch Through The Ages’ as well as ‘The Tales Of Beedle The Bard.’ She has also written an Adult book called ‘The Casual Vacancy.’ Joanne is also writing an adult book series called ‘Common Strike’ under the Penn name Robert Galbraith. She released her first book under this Penn name in 2013 called ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling.’ In 2014 she released the second book in the series “The Silkworm.’ Later in 2015 she will release ‘Career Of Evil’, which is also part of the series.
Other occupations: After graduating from university in 1986. Joanne went to work in London as a researcher and bilingual secretary for Ammesty International. After working at Ammesty International she went to live with her then boyfriend in Manchester. She then started working at the Chamber Of Commerce. In 1990 after a four hour long delayed train trip from London to Manchester she came up with the idea for a story about a young boy who is attending a school for wizardry. An advert in the Guardian led Joanne to move to Portugal to teach English as a foreign language. She taught at night and began writing in the day. She returned to the U.K in 1993. She began a teacher training course in August 1995 in Moray House School Of Education at Edinburgh University.
Other Accomplishments: J.K.Rowling has had all of the Harry Potter books turned into moves. In 1998 Warner Bros purchased the film rights to the first two novels in this popular seven book series. The first film was released in late 2001. The last book was a two part film released in 2010 and 2011. In September 2013 Warner Bros announced that they would work with J.K.Rowling on a series of films about Newt Scamander Author of ‘Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them.’ In 214 it was announced that the films will consist of a trilogy.
Awards and honors: J.K. Rowling has received honorary degrees from St Andrews University, the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Napier University, the University of Exeter and the University of Aberdeen. As well as Harvard University. In 2009 she was made a Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur by French President Nicolas Sarkozy. She has also earned close to twenty awards between the years 1997 and 2012. These include, ‘British Children’s Book Of The Year and British Book Of The Year for being named as Author of the year, plus many more.
Something you didn’t know: Seven years after graduating from university J.K.Rowling was divorced and had a dependent child. Plus to top it all off she had found herself jobless. Her economic status has been described as being “poor as it is possible to be in modern Britain, without being homeless.” Wow who would have thought that someone could be that down and out and then rise to the highest of heights.
My kind of person: What makes J.K.Rowling my kind of person? She has contributed over £10 million to the support for research and treatment of multiple sclerosis, from which her mother suffered before her death in 1990. Since her success with the Harry Potter series, she has also donated money to many other charitable organisations over the years as well. What a great story of rags to riches, and best of all she is extremely generous with all her money that she has made. Definitely my kind of person indeed.
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