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J.K. Rowling – British Novelist
ALIAS: Robert Galbraith
Joanne Rowling (best known as J.K. Rowling) is one of the most inspiring female novelists of today. Putting pen to paper for the first time at just five or six, the novelist, philanthropist, film producer, television producer and screenwriter spent years living and working as a single mother on government assistance before Harry Potter earned her notoriety. Her dream was born from a very young age and she would do anything to see its fruition.
With the novel’s target market identified as young men, it was Rowling’s publisher who decided to note the author as J.K. Rowling.
Since then, the seven-part series has broken records worldwide; distributed in over 200 territories, translated into 68 languages and selling over 400 million copies.
With a plethora of novels now under her belt, it was J.K. Rowling’s Cormoran Strike series under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith that saw the novelist again cemented her place in the book world, with the first three novels in the series topping national and international bestseller lists, and have been adapted for television, produced by Brontë Film and Television.
She wanted the whodunit series to be judged on its own merit and not “By the author of Harry Potter”. Rowling said she really wanted to go back to the beginning of a writing career in this new genre, to work without hype or expectation and to receive totally unvarnished feedback. She wanted it to just be about the writing.
In her plight to bring her vision of Harry Potter to the fiction world, J.K. Rowling received rejection after rejection. Not only is she an example of hard work, but she has used the good fortune that she worked so hard for to do good for others, with a plethora of philanthropic initiatives that includes the work in honour of her late mother.
When Rowling was just 15, her mother was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She died a decade later, before Rowling became a published author. In her honour, Rowling founded the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic at the University of Edinburgh with a gift of $16 million.