No doubt Rowling has enjoyed success after success with the mega-popular Harry Potter book series and subsequent movie versions that have enjoyed a cult following worldwide for almost a decade..
Her final book, Harry
Potter and the Deathly Hallows was released in 2007 which was followed by the opening of the Harry
Potter theme park which debuted with much fanfair in Orlando, Florida.
Rowling's first move to adult
fiction, The Casual Vacancy, hit
bookstores in September 2012
resting on her laurels, the former single mom and now billionaire
publishing phenomenon later announced in February 2012 that she would turn to adult fiction following one of the most successful childrens book
series in publishing history.
Rowling's abrupt turn to mysteries and crime fiction is a welcome addition to adult bookshelves and,
although it's still too early to tell, the probability of these books being translated into Hollywood movies (perhaps starring gown-up Harry Potter stars?) is an intriguing possibility.
rags-to-riches success story of J.K. Rowling began near Bristol,
U.K. where she was born Joanne Rowling on July 31, 1965.
college days were spent majoring in French at Exeter University
in the UK.
postgraduate work took place in Paris, then in London, where she
worked for Amnesty
idea for Harry Potter was first germinated during the Rowling's
long train commute each day from her home in Manchester to Amnesty
International's London office.
kept working on the tale during a brief stint in Portual, where
she taught English as a second language, and continued her writing
through a failed first marriage to Portugese TV journalist, Jorge
cast in the role as a single mother, Rowling returned to the UK
and survived on welfare benefts as she struggled to raise infant
daughter, Jessica, in a mice-infested flat in Edinburgh, Scotland.
"I could not afford the luxury of writer's block," the
author later recalled, "so I kept writing."
that young boys would be put off by a woman storyteller, Rowling
decided to go under the the pen name J.K., incorporatingthe
K after her grandmother, Kathleen.
the rest is Potter publishing history.
the book, entitled Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone,
hit the bookshelves in 1997 it won almost instant critical notice
and garnered 8 international book awards and a cult following
of children and adult readers. With millions captivated by the
the fully-realized story of boy wizard Harry
Potter and his adventures with friends Ron
Weasley and Hermione
Granger, the book skyrocketed to the top of bestseller lists
around the world.
And Rowling - in an equally astonishing reversal of fortune -
fast switched circumstances from welfare mom to one of the most
recognized authors on the planet.
To date, equally popular subsequent titles include Harry
Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (1998), Harry
Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (1999), Harry
Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2000), Harry
Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2003) Harry
Potter and the Half Blood Prince (2005) and Harry
Potter and the Deathly Hallows (2007) - all earning Rowling
the distinction of being one of the world's richest women.
profits from related movie and merchandising rights, the author
has overtaken even Queen Elizabeth II on the world's lists
of the most wealthy. Now a reported billionaire, Rowling currently
lives in Edinburgh, Scotland with her husband, Dr
Neil Murray, and has three children.
told, more than 250 million books in the Harry Potter series have
been sold in some 61 translations in over 200 countries worldwide.
6 in the series, Harry
Potter and the Half Blood Prince, (HBP to rabid fans)
predictablly broke sales records when it sold 7.9 million copies
in the first 24 hours of being published on July 16, 2006, with
pre-orders on Amazon.com already having climbed to more than one
Confirming book 7 as the finale to Harry Potter, the author also
admitted to somewhat enviable confusion over her future direction,
adding... "The world is my oyster now. I can do whatever