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

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - NEWS - By Toby McDon­ald [email protected]

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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

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