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JK Rowling

“No story lives unless someone wants to listen” – JK Rowling


This week’s Tuesday quote comes from one of the most  (if not the most) successful writers in recent years.The author of the Harry Potter series  of children’s books, her stories about the boy wizard have given millions of children joy, and enhanced their lives.

I remember being so excited to have the latest Narnia book bought for me as a child, so I can well relate to the obsession that many children had with the books. I sometimes envy their excitement, as I was an adult, married with a child, when Rowling first published Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (published as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in the US).

Did you know?

  • JK Rowling was born Joanne Rowling in Gloucestershire, England, but now resides with her family in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • She has no middle name; the letter ‘K’ has been added, and stands for Kathleen, a relative of hers. Her publishers thought that using initials for a boy based series of adventure books would sell better than a female author’s name
  • She also works under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, and has written adult books under this name
  • Her story is regarded as a modern day “rags to riches.” She went from claiming benefits to billionaire status within 5 years
  • She wrote the first Harry Potter book on a train from Manchester to London, then continued the rest in cafes around Edinburgh
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, released on 21 July 2007 is the fastest selling book of all time (11 million copies in one day)
  • The series has won numerous awards, including the Nestle Smarties Book Prize; Children’s Book Award and the Hans Christian Anderson Literature Award









Writing Quotes — Mark Twain — Anna Dobritt — Author

via Writing Quotes — Mark Twain — Anna Dobritt — Author

June 26 Challenge

June 1-30 challenge

Day 26 Marathon

June 26, 2016. Marathons are being held today in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii; Santa Cruz, California; Lubec, Maine; and Arlington, Virginia. The race in Arlington is indoors. 

I’m not doing any of them. I may run or ride a few miles, though. 

A marathon is 26.2 miles. Marathoners don’t start out running 26.2 miles! They start small and train for it. They work hard to reach that distance.

Tell us about something you worked for. Something you thought you might never accomplish, but you did.

If you have actually run a marathon, you can write about that!

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I don’t do marathons. The furthest I walk is to take my terrier dog Billy around the block for his daily ablutions. Even then some mornings I just open the patio door and tell him to ‘do his business outside!’

Writing is my MARATHON. I’ve spent 50+ years growing into the person that I am today (mentally, not physically, may I add), from the inklings of thoughts, diaries and school poems that have been written, to get to my goal. My writing marathon has not ended, no siree; its just started. (I hope that by writing this down, I have not jinxed myself!)

Eighteen months ago, I took a wring challenge; a marathon of writing 500 words for a month. I took the challenge, and by the end of the month had written well over 15,000 words (you do the math), and my passion for writing was reborn.

Now, I write about anyone and anything. Everything inspires me, from a simple article in a local newspaper or magazine, to gossip from my friends and family; its wonderful.

As we speak, I’m in the middle of four written projects; my third book in A Celtic Trilogy (unnamed), a murder mystery that I’m really excited about, a book that’s inspired from my mother’s childhood in WW2 and editing Alice’s Secret (the second in A Celtic Trilogy).


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