Happiness Can Be Found, Even In The Darkest Of Times, If One Only Remembers To Turn On The Light

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How did a woman that went from divorced and hardly could feed her daughter to a billionaire? On the 31st of July 1965 Joanne Kathleen Rowling was born in the Yate United Kingdom. Her Farther was an aircraft engineer and her mother was a science technician. She always loved books especially books by her favourite writer Jessica Mitford. Joanne Rowling always love righting she wrote her first book called rabbit at 6 years old.

Her mother was diagnosed with an aggressive form of multiple cirrhoses, there was no cure and their still isn’t, but Joanne kept pushing and believed that’s she could complete her dream of becoming a writer.

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Her dream school was Oxford university but she got rejected so she enrolled in the university of Exeter, she graduated and continued writing while working at multiple places she thought it would be only temporary and to Pursue a career as an author, her family and friends told her to get a real job and stop trying to be a writer because there is no money in being a writer.

On the 30th December 1990 Joanne’s mother had passed away, Her mother’s death devastated Her and she fled the country, She moved to Portugal and taught English. She found love, Jorge Arantes three years later they married and had a daughter who they named Jessica after Jessica Mitford her favourite author. Joanne thought her life was finally falling into place but little did she know Four months after Jessica’s birth Joanne and her husband separated.

She ended homeless with little to no money, her self esteem was low because to many, she was a failure including herself, she was scared that her child was going to die because of the scares Money she had. She had considered suicide but she couldn’t bare to leave her daughter alone. After many therapy sessions she thought “not only do I have a daughter to feed, but a book to write”.

Still homeless she started to write on an old type writer and wrote more books, after being turned down for 12 publishers she started giving up on her dream. She accepted a teaching post, barely able to feed herself and her daughter.

Suddenly as if by magic a publishing house contacted her and ask about the book she had submitted a year earlier, she finally became a writer, she was requesting to keep a day job because little money came out of writing children’s books. She was granted 8 thousand pounds which is equal to $15,000, her life finally felt like it was falling into place.

In June 1997 the book she was working on was published with 1,000 copies. The book about a boy wizard Harry Potter won an award “Nestlé Children’s book prize” which was book awards of the year, she wished that he Mother was there with her. Within three years she released another three novels about the boy who lived. The book gained a global following, being translated into 65 languages with an estimated worth of 50 billion dollars. Joanne Rowling or more comely known as J.K. Rowling became the first ever billionaire author. She gave billions to charity for people that need help like she once did. As J.K. Rowling a billionaire author once said “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light”.


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