A Detailed Biography of J. K. Rowling: Extreme Poverty, Domestic Violence and Depression Promise Her Post-Traumatic Growth
A Detailed Biography of Joanne Rowling
J.K. Rowling grew up surrounded by books because both her parents loved reading. She says, ‘I lived for books … I was your basic common-or-garden bookworm, complete with freckles and National Health spectacles.’ From an early age, Joanne wanted to be a writer.
She wrote her first book at the age of six, which tells a story about a rabbit. Then when she was eleven she wrote a novel about seven cursed diamonds and the people who owned them.
J.K. Rowling first had the idea for Harry Potter while delayed on a train traveling from Manchester to London King’s Cross in 1990. Over the next five years, she wrote mostly in longhand and amassed a mountain of notes, many of which were on scraps of paper.
She became a mother and she continued to write in every spare moment she could find. When Joanne had finished the manuscript, she sent the first three chapters to a number of literary agents, one of whom wrote back asking to see the rest of it. She says that it was ‘the best letter I had ever received in my life’.
She had worked a series of temp jobs since earning her French degree at the University of Exeter. Everything abruptly changed after her mother, Anne, succumbed to a decade-plus battle with multiple sclerosis at age 45. Devastated, Rowling sought refuge in the thrill of a new, adventurous life, and moved to Portugal to teach English.
Rowling soon discovered she was pregnant and had a miscarriage. And she married Arantes in October 1992. She was pregnant again and she gave birth to a baby girl named Jessica. Her marriage turned out to be an abusive relationship.
The final straw came in November 1993 that Arantes slapped his wife and threw her out of the home without her daughter. Rowling returned with a police presence to take her daughter.
Upon returning to the U.K., she secured a small apartment and a weekly stipend. She accepted a friend’s loan for a deposit and began spending her days at her brother-in-law’s café and she never stops writing.
Barely getting by with the help of friends and family – “as poor as it is possible to be in modern Britain, without being homeless,” she later described it – Rowling found herself increasingly depressed, angry over her failures and guilty about her inability to provide for her daughter. Arantes showed up in an attempt to reconcile and he retreated after Rowling obtained a restraining order. She didn’t allow herself to embrace the abusive relationship again for the sake of economic stability.
Rowling was trapped by poverty and desperation and she was harboring thoughts of suicide, Rowling realized she needed to put herself together for the sake of her own daughter. Her emotion improved after having therapy treatment, and she set her sights on a one-year teaching training course.
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#Publishers rejected the first ‘Harry Potter’ book
Upon completing her manuscript in 1995. Following a dozen rejections from the publishers, she finally found a taker in London publishing house Bloomsbury, which offered a £1,500 advance. Rowling also snagged an £8,000 grant from the Scottish Arts Council, which supports her to finish a Harry Potter sequel on a brand-new typewriter.
On June 26, 1997, she was now known as “J.K. Rowling,” due to concerns about how boys would respond to a female writer. ‘I remember 20 years ago not eating so my daughter would eat. I remember nights when there was literally no money….I’m an emotional person. I struggle with that a lot in this kind of situation. ,’ said JK Rowling and she was close to tears.