She's also incredibly talented, as I discovered recently when I read her newly released short story "Identity Crisis" in the superhero inspired anthology Gods of Justice. Lisa's heroine, Leslie, is an identical twin living in the shadow of her superhero sister, until she's called upon to use her own awesome powers that she didn't even know she possessed. Check it out at Amazon.
So, thanks Lisa, for visiting with us today and setting us straight about the superhuman capabilities of that enchanting storyteller, JK Rowling:
To most writers, JKR is an icon. Someone untouchable, someone we can aspire to be, but never truly match. But I want to tell you a secret. Well maybe not a secret, it’s actually kind of obvious if you stop to think about it.
J.K. Rowling is human.
She isn’t a witch, or a werewolf, or even a vampire. She’s more of a muggle really. Just like us. Is she amazingly talented? YES. Is she unbelievably successful? YES. But she didn’t start out that way. Here are some facts about JKR that you probably know but may have never thought of in comparison to yourself as a writer.
- JKR has had a hard life. It wasn’t all publishing contracts and Oprah interviews. She had it rough. She was a single mother. She lost her own mother to a horrible disease (Multiple Sclerosis).
- JKR was rejected. It’s a fact. A good number of editors (or perhaps ex-editors now if their bosses found out) said, “No. It isn’t for me.” Yes, the books that have made her a billionaire, been made into wildly successful films, and even garnered their own theme park, were rejected over and over again.
- She had a story to share. Writers know that it’s really about the story. That sometimes characters won’t let you go. They demand to be heard. Aren’t we glad Harry was demanding?
- JKR made mistakes. Susan covered many of them just this past week. But the point is that she MADE them. And you can tell they are in fact errors because they improve with every book. You won’t find nearly as many adverbial dialogue tags in Deathly Hallows as you will in Sorcerer’s Stone. The backstory in book two (to catch up readers that missed book one) is far more distracting than in later books.
So when bad things happen, when we get rejected, when we feel the indescribable drive to write, and when we make mistakes – we can rest assured that at the very least we are in good company. That those things don’t make our goals unreachable. On the contrary those are things that make us writers.
So thank you, Ms. Rowling. For Harry and for being such an incredible example to the rest of us.
And thank you, Lisa, for sharing with us today!
Did you all know that JK Rowling's first book was reportedly rejected by 12 publishers? And that her first print run was only 500 copies!?
What do you all think of the human face behind the Superhero Phenom mask?
Gods of Justice, and "Cursed," featured in the anthology Playthings of the Gods. Lisa lives in Southern California with her husband and two kids, and no matter how much she resembles that one superhero you're thinking of, she vehemently denies any connection. Find her online at her blog, Paranormal Point of View and Twitter.