I've talked some about my favorite authors before, more in terms of my admiration and my writing goals than anything, so now I'm gonna do some researchy official stuff so you all can see the awesomeness behind the people that I idolize so much.
The famous author of the Harry Potter series is actually named Joanne Rowling. The pseudonym J.K. came into play when publishers said they didn't think boys would read something obviously 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 at first 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 because of related issues.
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 child, Jessica Arantes, 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, struggling as a single mom to handle the situation.
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 fame, and then phenomenon-level, fairly quickly. In the midst of the series' publication, Rowling married Neil Murray and had two more children, David Rowling Murray and Mackensie Rowling Murray. Today, Rowling is in an extremely happy position, as one of the richest women in the world and with an apparently stable family. She uses her wealth and fame to promote charity of all kinds, much focusing on literacy, multiple sclerosis, child poverty, and single parenthood. This past year, her first adult novel, The Casual Vacancy, which was written for a starkly different audience than the Harry Potter series, 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 was constantly moving. 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 not only bestselling, but a phenomenon, rising her to bestselling fame.
She has a husband, Cap (Charles) Pryor, and two children, Charlie and Isabelle Pryor, with whom she lives 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. The reasons why will be disclosed in this biography.
First off, he was born in Denmark on April 2nd, which is the same day as my birthday, except a long time ago. He was believed to be born to a family from noble descent. This, along with his post-mortem diagnosis of fibromyalgia (which I also have), seems to be the inspiration for one of his fairytales, "The Princess and the Pea." At first he wanted to be a singer, but then he moved into writing. He went to a grammar school at which he was abused, leading to a mild time of depression.
He began writing much at that point, and his work includes many forms of writing, his most notable being his short fairytales, all of which I believe I have read now, and many of which are very famous nowadays. One of these was "The Little Mermaid," which is a story I have always related to. He lived his life in fair acclaim as a writer, lucky him. He was friends with Charles Dickens, and never developed any romantic relationships. He died after being injured falling out of bed, and his stories have left an incredible legacy many of you might not even be aware you are affected by.
If you'd like to look up his stories, I recommend it. He has a lot of fantasy and religious themes throughout them that I much appreciate. His well-known stories include the aforementioned two, along with "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 younger-focused series, Alex Rider, a middle grade spy series, and The Gatekeepers, a middle grade/YA 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 largely varied works.
He married Jill Green and they have two sons, Nicholas and Cassian Horowitz. 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. Also, because I thought it was really cool I could find photos/drawings of all these authors with greenery of some kind. Isn't it so pretty? I need to take my author photo out in the greenness too, I think.
Anyway, thanks for reading, and come back next time for my favorite quotations!
Images via Wikipedia, thehob.org, hca.gilead.org, and barnesandnoble.com.
I'm an unpublished novelist, primarily of YA fantasy, and a freelance editor. I love psychology, cats, social justice, and love! I'm also a huge fangirl. Basically, stories are my life.
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