Inspirational people surround us at every turn. To celebrate some of the incredible women who continue to motivate me on my writing journey I look at the women/characters who are my artistic inspiration.
Last time I honoured the fictional character of Alice from Alice in Wonderland. You can read that post HERE. Today, I’m devoting the Monday Muse to a lady who celebrated her birthday recently, and who needs no introduction.
On 31st July I watched my Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram feed fill up with images and quotes dedicated to Joanne Kathleen Rowling in celebration of her birthday. The world wanted to share their love for this incredible author who has had such a huge impact on the lives of young and old alike.
A friend of mine asked me the other day which author I would choose to interview if I got the chance of every writer in the world – my answer took a split second to come out of my mouth, it would be J.K. Rowling. What a spectacular experience that would be to ask the queen of the wizarding world all about her writing journey, inspirations, and fears.
Yes, we can read articles about her online, but being face-to-face would be something quite special – and this muggle would relish every second!
Joanne loved to read as a child, wrote her first book at the tender age of six. She went to comprehensive school and then to University to study French and Classics. She’s known loss, heartache, poverty, and pain – but she never gave up.
After receiving numerous rejections for her Harry Potter manuscript, Joanne refused to let this impede her dreams. Eventually, in 1997 Bloomsbury published Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone which quickly became a bestseller, and the world was transfixed by a little wizard with a scar on his forehead.
If you are anything like me (a Potterhead!), Joanne’s world will have become a part of your life – whether that’s via page or screen. I visited the Warner Bros Harry Potter Tour last year and felt like a kid in a sweet shop (or a wizard in Hogwarts!), you can read that post HERE. It’s incredible to think that all this started off with a young woman’s simple idea as she sat on a delayed train.
J.K.Rowling continues to write, has won numerous awards, and honours, and remains one of my key inspirational muses for achieving my goals and striving to succeed.
Are you a Harry Potter fan? Perhaps you’ve never understood the hype behind this children’s book series. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this week’s Monday Muse.