J K Rowling

Other names: 
Joanne Rowling, Jo Rowling, pseudonym Robert Galbraith, previously Mrs Jorge Arantes
Dates: 
July 31, 1965

Born Yate, near Bristol, England, her parents were Peter James Rowling and Anne Volant She graduated from Exeter University and taught English in Portugal. She married Jorge Arantes, a journalist, and they had a daughter Jessica Isabel Rowling who was born in 1993. Jo began writing books after coming to Edinburgh, Scotland, to be near her sister Dianne when she divorced in 1995.

She selected the pseudonym J K Rowling, using initials to attract male readers and adding a K for Kathleen after her grandmother. Her books have been made into films.

Her early writing was done in cafes such as the Nicolson Cafe, owned by her brother-in-law Roger Moore, on the first floor at 6a Nicolson Street, Edinburgh Also in the Elephant House tea and coffee house and restaurant on George IV Bridge, Edinburgh. There she wrote at a table at the back overlooking Greyfriara Kirkyard across Candlemaker Row, over the Grassmarket and Johnston Terrace to Edinburgh Castle.

Her success has made her 13th wealthiest woman in Britain. Remarried on 26 December 2001 to Dr. Neil Murray, an anaesthetist, in Edinburgh. They have two children together, son David born 2003 and a daughter Mackenzie born 2005.

She also writes under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. with a crime novel The Cuckoo's Calling.

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Sources
Biog.truestory
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JK Rowling 'anger' at legal firm over pseudonym leak
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