Seven years after graduation, she saw herself as a failure. Her marriage had failed, she was jobless with a dependent child, diagnosed with clinical depression and contemplated suicide. Having her manuscript for one of the highest grossing novels of all time, rejected by 12 different publishing houses, didn’t help either. That’s when she knew that the only way out is by rising above the waves.
Fondly known as ‘Queen Rowling’ by millions of fans all over the world, Joanne “Jo” Kathleen Rowling, the British novelist is best known as the author of the Harry Potter fantasy series. The concept of Harry Potter ‘came to her’ on a delayed train from Manchester to London and she published Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in 1997. After facing rejections from most publishers, Bloomsbury finally gave her the much awaited opportunity.
Joanne admitted that her struggle with depression inspired the characters known as Dementors, soul-sucking creatures introduced in the third book. Joanne signed up for welfare benefits, describing her status as being “poor as it is possible to be in modern Britain, without being homeless”.
The Harry Potter books received worldwide attention and sold more than 400 million copies across the globe. The bestselling book series became the basis for a series of films which became the highestgrossing film series in history. Her life story is a true ‘rags to riches’ fairy tale where she went from living on state benefits to a millionaire in a period of five years.