x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 21 January 2018

'Money brought pressure' says Harry Potter author

J K Rowling describes how becoming wealthly changed her life and how she dealt with it.

Sudden wealth was not a straightforward joy for J K Rowling.

"You don't expect the kind of problems it brings. I am so grateful for what happened that this should not be taken in any way as a whine, but you don't expect the pressure of it. I felt that I had to solve everyone's problems.

"I was hit by this tsunami of demands. I felt overwhelmed."

Having always longed to be a writer, she now found herself in charge of a global business empire.

"And it's a real bore. There is literally nothing on the business side that I wouldn't sacrifice in a heartbeat to have an extra couple of hours' writing. Nothing. That sounds hideously ungrateful because it's made me an awful lot of money and I'm very grateful for that. But there have been lots of opportunities to do things that make more money, and I've said no."


Reprinted courtesy of Guardian News & Media Ltd.