Best-seller: I do miss Pottering about with more of Harry’s fans
JK Rowling says she gets nostalgic for when she could meet more readers
Rowling admits she gets nostalgic for the days before her worldwide fame.
The 53-year-old author says she misses the small readings which launched her career.
Just 1,000 copies of her first book Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone were printed, with half given to local libraries.
And the author, who had been given an £8,000 Scottish Arts Council grant to complete it, toured schools and libraries to promote the novel’s launch.
And while she is now worth over £500 million, she wishes she still could have such close contact with her fans.
The mother-of-three said: “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.
“Being able to engage with people on Twitter goes some way to solving this for me.
“I never dreamed that there would be a fandom the size of Harry Potter’s picking over the books.
“It’s astounding that people are still so interested in those books, and I doubt I’ll ever stop interacting as long as there are readers who know the world so well.”
In 2008 JK held one of her last small-scale public readings when 200 schoolchildren were invited to join her for a reading at the National Library of Scotland.
In 2016 she returned to her literary roots sitting down for tea and cake after flying to the Orkneys to meet fans at a local library.
Now the best-selling author is helping other budding writers with tips on her website JKRowling.com.
Writer JK Rowling