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THSFD August 2014 by osmianannya featuring Alexander McQueen

J.K. Rowling On Being A Bestselling Author

J.K. Rowling is one of those authors every kid in Britain wishes would never stop writing books. We are so obsessed with her most famous work till date, Harry Potter, that we forget to dive into one of her recent titles, whether The Casual Vacancy or The Cuckoo Calling, without any kind of inhibitions that we won’t actually find anything in there about Quidditch, Hogwarts or our beloved Professor Dumbledore.

These days, the English author has ventured quite far, far away from her media-shy personality, and thankfully, for all her fans, started to make more public appearances on national television, red carpet events, book award functions, and all other kinds of interesting events, sometimes even dressed in couture.

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Rowling is an inspirational figure in British literature because her story reads like a Cinderella-story of novels. Once upon a time, this phenomenal young woman lived on benefits and wrote some of the first chapters of the first Potter book in coffee shops and pubs. Going from that to a multi-millionaire in a manner of some five years was no mean feat, and that doesn’t even include earnings from the film franchise.

Controversially, writing under a much more masculine pen name does make you wonder if Rowling is far more interested in pleasing the crowd at times - it is difficult to imagine that in British society, boys would not read her wonderful book when this country has spurned out greats like Jane Austen and the Brontë sisters.

But that is what peer pressure from publishers can do to you sometimes, and when you are hard down on your luck, it’s difficult to imagine that your much more feminine attributes won’t be liked in a Western society still trying to grapple with the whole “working women” idea.

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After receiving an education in French and Classics at the University of Exeter, and working for various university publications, she finished penning the first Potter book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, in 1995 on an ancient typewriter. Initially unsuccessful at various publishing houses, Bloomsbury agreed to publish her, and before you know it fame found her.

Living in Edinburgh, she wrote six further Harry Potter titles before bringing the book to a close…for now, at least. She has, rather astoundingly, exercised an authorative control over the film franchise, such as instructing producers to only include an all-British cast, for the film to be shot, in its entirety, in the United Kingdom, and even authoring much of the script.

Growing up as a child, I found Rowling to be an inspirational figure and one to learn plenty from because publishing was one of the areas I wanted to work in, and her journey was as difficult as her success was beautiful. Some of her most interesting ventures included, owning a site exclusively for fans during a time when authors weren’t recognised for venturing into that area much, for being politically active (Labour, if you are wondering!) and being passionate about various charitable causes.

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No matter where you look fashion lives on in every individual in British society…and J.K. Rowling is no different. She loves Oscar de la Renta and Lanvin for her red carpet appearances, and it’s no wonder why, she surely knows a thing or two about dressing stylishly. For Rowling, the greatest achievement undoubtedly has been to break free from the shackles of the Potter series and go forth with two distinctively different books - one about a village affair, and the other about a murder mystery.

Interestingly, there is so much there to look forward to in how Rowling chooses her subjects because she still hasn’t completely given up on the idea of Harry Potter, or even the fantasy genre. Reportedly, she is working on a new fantasy children’s novel about a fairy and a monster. You can just see children around the world point their magical wands at bookstore shelves and summon forth those titles in an instant, looking for more magic from J.K. Rowling.

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