Six things I learned about J.K. Rowling on Charlie Rose

This morning, my grandfather emailed me a link to watch a recent interview of J.K. Rowling on Charlie Rose. Papa, in his own words, is one of the only people in America who hasn’t read the Harry Potter books, but I think he likes watching J.K. Rowling interviews because of her extreme success.

Watching this interview, reminded me of how much I like watching them too. J.K. Rowling on the Oprah Winfrey Show is permanently saved on my DVR. Not only am I interested as a HP fan and aspiring writer, but also because she comes across as a thoughtful and intelligent person.

You can watch the hour-long interview, here. 

If you don’t have the time/inclination to watch, here are some of the things that I enjoyed the most:

  • J.K. Rowling said her biggest obsessions were morality and mortality. I love that these have alliteration and rhyme (or at least slant rhyme). That’s hard to do!
  • The way she writes and her desire to write haven’t changed since the huge Harry Potter success (or so she says).
  • She is happiest when she’s 2/3 of the way through a project and she has all day to write.
  • She can write for eight hours straight.
  • She works on several different writing projects at the same time. She actually wrote almost an entire different’ children’s book while she was supposed to be writing the Harry Potter books.
  • She had the idea for Harry Potter on a train, and the idea for The Casual Vacancy on a plane. What’s next an automobile?


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