Some of the magic’s gone...how JK misses intimate readings
SHE’S come a long way since struggling to get her first novel published but JK Rowling has admitted she gets nostalgic for the days before her worldwide fame. The author says she misses the small readings that launched her career. Only 1,000 copies of her first book, Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone, were printed, with half given to libraries. And Miss Rowling, 53, toured schools and libraries to promote the novel. Now the mother of three, who is worth more than £500 million, says: ‘I miss the days when readings and events were slightly more low-key. ‘I’m not complaining but when audiences grow big, you obviously can’t reach everyone who wants to ask you a question.’ In 2008, Rowling held one of her last small public readings when 200 schoolchildren were invited to join her for an event at the National Library of Scotland. And in 2016 she chartered a plane and flying to Orkney to meet fans. She left crime reading group the Saturday Slaughterers spellbound by turning up at a library to discuss her first Robert Galbraith book The Cuckoo’s Calling.
Now Miss Rowling is helping budding authors, with tips on her website JKRowling.com.
She says: ‘Resilience and humility go hand in hand because rejection and criticism are part of a writer’s life. Informed feedback is useful and necessary, but some of the greatest writers were rejected multiple times.’
She adds: ‘The harshest critic is often inside your own head.’
The author admits she can become immersed in the wizarding world.
‘I suppose I must spend most of my conscious life in fictional worlds, which some people may find sad, as though there must be something lacking in my external life,’ she said.
‘There really isn’t! I’m a happy person, by and large, with a family I adore.’
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