Joanne K. Rowling was born on July 31, 1965, in England.  She is an English author for children and teens novels with her first book Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, which made it to top of the children’s best seller list in 1998.

Early Life of J.K. Rowling

J.K Rowling grew up with a younger sister near Bristol, English. As a child, she has always had an interest in stories and rabbits. Her imagination was incredible. At age 5, she wrote a story about a rabbit infected with measles, and a giant bee named Miss Bee. At this point, she knew she wanted to be a writer, as mentioned in J. K. Rowling: The Wizard Behind Harry Potter.

At nine years old, her family later moved to a small town near Chepstow in the Forest Of Dean. JK Rowling fell in love with the countryside. She and her sister would play near the river and field.  In school, English was her favorite subject. During lunchtime, she would write stories for her friends, involving a heroic theme. After high school, she attended Exeter University, where she studied French.  She was advised by her parents that with the ability to speak another language would make her a successful secretary.

She later landed a job as a secretary at Amnesty International; however, the only thing she liked about being a secretary is the opportunity to use the computer. During her free time, she would use it to type stories.  At age 26, she quit her job as a secretary and moved to Portugal to teach English. At this point, she was drafting stories of a young boy being sent off to wizard school. She dedicated time, shaping and creating his character. In Portugal, she also met her husband and give birth to her daughter in 1993. Unfortunately, her marriage failed and, they got divorced.

J.K Rowling decided to move back to England to raise her daughter as a single mother while working as a French teacher. Raising a toddler and working full time, she set goals and commit herself to finish her novel.  Most of her writings were done in coffee-shops and during her daughter nap-time. With hard work, she was able to complete her work, and several months later her novel, Harry Potter, and the Philosopher’s Stone, got published in England, then it was brought over by the American rights. This was a significant turning point in her life, leading to success and was able to quit her teaching job.