She was diagnosed with clinical depression and there were times when she contemplated suicide. Her marriage had failed, and she was unemployed with a dependent child. She signed up for government aid ( she was so poor, that she could not afford to support herself and her daughter) She described her economic status as being ‘poor’, as it is possible to be poor in modern Britain, without being homeless.” In 1990, while she was on a four-hour-delayed train trip from Manchester to London, the idea for a story of a young boy attending a school of wizardry “came fully formed” into her mind. In 1995, she finished the manuscript of her first book on an old manual typewriter. The book was submitted to twelve publishing houses, all of which rejected the manuscript. Editor Barry Cunningham from Bloomsbury advised her to get a day job since she had little chance of making money from writing children’s books. Today, she is United Kingdom’s best-selling living author, with an estimated fortune of £560 million, ranking her as the twelfth richest woman in the UK.
I’m sure you know who I’m talking about.
She is none other than J.K Rowling – the creator of the Harry Potter series. Her books have sold over 40 million copies worldwide.
Just remember: We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already. (J.k. Rowling)
Diagnosed (verb): identify the nature of (an illness or other problem) by examination of the symptoms.
Contemplated (verb):think deeply and at length.
Suicide (noun) : the act or an instance of taking one’s own life voluntarily and intentionally
Unemployed (adjective): without a paid job but available to work
Afford (verb):have enough money to pay for.
Delay (verb): make (someone or something) late or slow.
Wizardry (noun) : the art or practice of magic.
Manuscript (noun) : an author’s handwritten or typed text that has not yet been published.
Typewriter (noun) : an electric, electronic, or manual machine with keys for producing print-like characters one at a time on paper inserted round a roller