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J.K. Rowling » Biography
Joanne Kathleen Rowling first starting writing when she was as young as 12 years old. She wrote many stories as a child. One of the stories, that was mentioned in an interview, was about seven cursed diamonds. She said that no one would be finding it in a bookstore anytime soon. Part of her inspiration for writing Harry Potter, came from her childhood friend, Ian Potter.

She said that some of the characters in the book, like Ron, Hermoine, and Professor Lockhart related to real-life people she knew. Ron was like a boy she use to know as a child, Hermoine can relate to herself, and Lockhart related to someone who was always proud of whatever they took credit for. In the beginning, she wrote the beginnings of Harry Potter in a local café. During that time, she was a single mother and a teacher, working hard to support herself and daughter.

The early plannings of the characters, names, etc., took atleast 5 years, according to JKR. When she writes one Harry Potter book, she writes the others at the same time! There are many details that she has to pay attention to and not forget. It's not an easy job! She writes a lot of pages each day; Goblet of Fire is 734 pages, the longest book yet! She also said in an interview, that when she writes, the ideas either come flying out her hand and onto the paper, or sometimes she feels as if her "brain was bleeding", because sometimes her ideas may be slow, and she doodles on the paper from blank thought.

Eventually all the work paid off, when she was awarded by the Scottish Arts Council, which entitled her to finish her book. Her tremendous accomplishments have earned her a British Book Awards Children's Book of the Year, as well as the Smarties Prize. She currently lives in Edinburgh, Scotland with her daughter, Jessica.



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