The success story of J.K Rowling

The success story of J.K Rowling


Joanne “J. K.” Rowling is the first billionaire whose main source of income is writing. She authored the multi-awarded Harry Potter book series, selling millions per installment. She is certainly a world-renowned author today and she is said to have a net worth more than that of the Queen. Her life, though, is like a wheel; it has had its ups and downs. Born to Peter James Rowling, an engineer for Rolls-Royce, and Anne Rowling, J.K. grew up comfortably. She attended primary school in St. Michael’s in Winterbourne, a secondary school in Wyedean School, and college at Exeter University, where she studied French and Classic Literature.


J. K. Rowling’s downward spiral began in her teens when her mother became ill with multiple sclerosis. Family issues caused a rift between her and her father which remains until today. Her dreadful teenage years marked the beginning of her life’s struggles. In 1990, her mother died of a terminal illness. They were incredibly close and Rowling took the death hard. It led her to seek out new opportunities elsewhere. She ended up in Portugal. There, she taught English as a second language to locals. She also met Jorge Arantes, a television journalist who later became her husband. The relationship, however, was short-lived. Soon after the birth of Jessica Isabel, their daughter, and three years into the marriage, their union ended in divorce. Rowling spiraled further down.

She decided to go back to Edinburgh to live near her sister. She didn’t have any income as jobs were singular. She relied mainly on government assistance, which afforded her a small flat and barely enough money to get by. The responsibility of raising her daughter alone certainly didn’t help the situation, either.  She was depressed, having come from a relationship of abuse and now raising a little girl on her own with only welfare money in her pocket. She contemplated suicide more than once during this time, but she overcame it. Through the years, only one thing was constant in J. K. Rowling’s life—her love for English and literature. She began writing as early as age 6 and has never stopped. She particularly enjoyed writing children’s fantasy stories and most of her works are of this nature.

The success story of J.K Rowling
The idea of Harry Potter came to her while she was on a train from Manchester to London. She was consumed with the idea of a train taking a little boy to a land of fantasy where he had powers and where adventure awaited him. This is how Harry Potter was born, as were the multitude of characters, events, and places in famous books.J.K. Rowling wrote the first book in the Harry Potter series over a span of 6 years. She began shortly before her mother’s passing, through her adventures in Portugal, through her divorce and her return to Britain. Now that she was deprived, with another mouth to feed, she was all the more determined to finish it. Taking a stroll around the neighborhood put young Jessica to sleep most often, and Rowling would take this time to write in coffee shops in the area.

Most of her personal experiences became sources of ideas for the books. Some characters she picked out of her roster of family, friends, and acquaintances who were given life in the magical world. After six years, the first installment of the bestselling series was ready to be released to the public—unfortunately, all the publishers she sent the manuscript to turned her down. The wheel that is J.K. Rowling’s life began to turn after this because, a year [1:43 pm, 07/04/2020] Shivam Singh: later, her book was published. However, her hope was neutralized by publishers telling her that children’s fantasy books were not her strength and that she should consider getting a real job. How they were proven wrong! In half a year, the Scottish Arts Council awarded Rowling a grant to continue writing the Harry Potter series because they were so impressed with her work. Things got even better from there.
Her fantasy stories of Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger’s adventures in Hogwarts received a multitude of awards from credible accrediting bodies. The books were named best-selling stories in various literature charts and publishers all over the world fought for a chance to materialize Rowling’s stories.

The success story of J.K Rowling
J. K. Rowling’s life is a testament to how tolerance works wonders. At times, life will give you one failure after another, one disappointment more than you can take, or a challenge that is too much to bear. When you are feeling the pressure of such failure, remember the penniless lady and her daughter who lived on government assistance alone. Remember that all she did was to do what she does best and believe that one day the odds would turn in her favor. Be it by divine intervention or a twist of fate, patience has rewarded her with much more than she could have asked for.

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