Ap­pren­tice star says stress killed dad

JK says hand-writ­ing sto­ries is still mag­i­cal

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JK Rowl­ing. pro­fes­sional mis­con­duct. How­ever, de­spite agree­ing the false doc­u­ment played a key role in Sharon be­ing found in con­tempt of court, the lawyer was sim­ply “cen­sured”.

The l awyer failed re­spond to re­quests com­ment on the case. Sharon, 42, said: “I had done noth­ing wrong, but ended up in prison for mis­takes made by le­gal pro­fes­sion­als.

“It was scary. The woman in the cell HARRY POT­TER author JK Rowl­ing has re­vealed that she still writes sto­ries by hand.

It’s 20 years since the author first wrote the boy wiz­ard books, that made her a multi- mil­lion­aire, in Ed­in­burgh cafes.

But an­swer­ing fans’ ques­tions last week the author said de­spite the ad­vances in tech­nol­ogy over the past to to be­low me started a fire. I could hear the fire en­gines and com­mo­tion. I was a civil pris­oner, who had never been ac­cused of any crime but I was treated like I was a crim­i­nal.”

Within a cou­ple of months her dad John was di­ag­nosed with bowel can­cer. He died just a few days be­fore his 66th birth­day.

Sharon served 15 and a half days in Corn­ton Vale be­fore be­ing granted leave to ap­peal. She be­lieves the stress of what hap­pened to her played a ma­jor part in her dad’s ill­ness.

“He was di­ag­nosed too late. I two decades she still loves to write by hand.

Rowl­ing said: “I do write by hand a lot, es­pe­cially first drafts and plot­ting.”

She added she also uses a “glitchy old lap­top with the bro­ken keys” to write her nov­els de­spite her mil­lions in the bank.

And she had even dam­aged her shoul­der from lug­ging around the old com­puter and had lost some of her work thanks to a cor­rupted file.

The nov­el­ist has bought a new Mac­book to re­place her old ma­chine but says it’s not the same.

“It’s sit­ting here look­ing very sleek and smug,” she said. “I ex­pect it’ll feel friend­lier once I’ve bashed it up a bit.”




Dis­traught Sharon found prison “scary”. Be­low left, dur­ing her time on The

Ap­pren­tice. be­lieve if he hadn’t been so wor­ried with this weight on his shoul­ders, he’d have had more time to go to a doc­tor ear­lier and he wouldn’t have died last year.

“Peo­ple were un­kind to my mum and turned away from my dad. It’s sad.”

Sharon is an­gry that con­tempt of court and the threat of jail are some­times used as a “weapon” against women in civil ac­tions.

She added: “It’s so hard to get your life back.

“No one stopped to think that this wasn’t right.” man­u­script for the first book, Harry Pot­ter and the Philoso­pher’s Stone, on an old man­ual type­writer.

She can cer­tainly af­ford an up­grade now as the 2016 Sun­day Times Rich List es­ti­mated her for­tune at £600 mil­lion.

Theme park earn­ings from a US Harry Pot­ter at­trac­tion and a play have also boosted her cof­fers.

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