I've talked some about my favorite authors before, in terms of my admiration and my writing goals, so now I'm gonna do some research and write up some official information so you all can see the awesomeness behind the people that I idolize the most as a writer.
As the famous author of the Harry Potter series, she used the pseudonym J.K. when publishers said they didn't think boys would read something by a female author. She made up a middle name, Kathleen, for them to use in the initials. But in the end, she showed them!
Rowling was born on July 31st, like Harry Potter himself, in Gloucestershire, England. She wrote little fantasy stories from a very young age, mostly for her younger sister Dianne. Her teenagerhood was difficult, as her mother was extremely ill from multiple sclerosis and she and her father didn't get along. She isn't on speaking terms with her father nowadays.
She went to college at University of Exter and got a B.A. in French and the Classics (Literature, basically), and then moved on to work at Amnesty International for a while. While on a train, she got the idea for Harry Potter. Soon after she began writing, her mother died, an event that would severely effect her and the series both.
While writing, Rowling met Jorge Arantes, whom she later married and had a daughter with. She divorced Arantes later, and it's believed she suffered domestic abuse, leading to the separation. Soon after this, she developed severe depression, which lead to the conception of Harry Potter's dementors. From there on, she spent her time raising her daughter, working, and writing as a struggling single mom.
She began sending out to publishers soon after finishing the first Harry Potter book. After twelve rejections, she was accepted at the encouragement of the publisher's young daughter. Harry Potter rose to bestselling status, and then to fame, and then to phenomenon level. In the midst of the series' publication, Rowling married Neil Murray and had a son and daughter. Today, Rowling is one of the richest women in the world with an apparently stable family. She uses her wealth and fame to promote charity of all kinds, but particularly focuses on literacy, multiple sclerosis, child poverty, and single parenthood initiatives. This past year, her first adult novel, The Casual Vacancy, was published.
Suzanne Collins, the author of my favorite YA series The Hunger Games, was born on August 10th in Connecticut. Because her father was in the military, she moved a lot. She went to Indiana University and received a degree in Drama and Telecommunications.
Her career began as a TV writer, mostly for children's shows on Nickelodeon. After meeting author James Proimos, she was inspired to start writing children's books herself. Her first series, The Underland Chronicles, became a bestseller. Then she released The Hunger Games trilogy, based off of her experience in television, her father's career, and Greek mythology. The trilogy became a phenomenon, rising her to fame.
She is married to Cap Pryor, and they have a son and a daughter with whom they live in Connecticut.
On a more subjective note, based off of the interviews I've seen, she seems like a total sweetheart, which makes it all the more amazing she could write a character as strong as Katniss.
Hans Christian Andersen
I have decided I am the reincarnation of this man, with a smaller nose. There are many similarities, some of which you may notice below.
He was born in Denmark on April 2nd, which is the same day as my birthday, except a long time ago. (It's now International Children's Book Day in his honor.) At first, he wanted to be a singer. He went to a grammar school at which he was abused, leading to a mild period of depression.
He began writing at that point, and his works today include many different types of pieces, his most notable being the short fairytales, all of which I believe I have read now. One of these was "The Little Mermaid," which is a story I have always been drawn to. He lived his life in fair acclaim, was friends with Charles Dickens, and never had any romantic relationships. (He was likely bisexual.) He died after being injured falling out of bed. His stories have left an incredible legacy many of you might not even be aware of.
If you'd like to look up his stories, I recommend it! They're gorgeous, fantastical, and full of religious and chronic pain themes that I much appreciate. His well-known stories include "The Little Mermaid," "The Princess and the Pea," "The Ugly Duckling," "The Little Match Girl," "Thumbelina," "The Emperor's New Clothes," and "The Snow Queen."
Born April 5th in Middlesex, England, Anthony Horowitz wrote two of my favorite series, Alex Rider, a middle grade/YA spy series, and The Gatekeepers, a middle grade/YA fantasy horror series. He graduated from the University of York with a degree in English Literature. His career has alternated between screen and novel writing, both of which have involved a large variety of works.
He married Jill Green, and they have two sons. He credits much of his writing success to his family.
Did you notice a theme in the pictures? If you guess greenery, you are correct! That is because it is springalingtime, and it makes me happy. Isn't it so pretty? I need to take my author photo out in the greenness too, I think.
Anyway, thanks for reading! Who are your favorite authors and/or writing idols?
(For an updated list of my writing idols, click here.)
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