Has there ever been an author or has made such an impact on a segment of society in such a short space of time as J.K. Rowling?
Yes there are authors whose work is magnificent and timeless, and make it onto every list ever written detailing the most important books we should all read.
I would query whether any other author has made such an impact in such a short span of time. And I would hazard a guess that the answer is no.
First published in 1997, and translated into 73 languages, the world of Harry Potter has made J.K. Rowling the world’s only billionaire author, and beloved by millions upon millions of readers. A whole generation of children (and adults), Western, Eastern, rich and poor, have followed Harry’s journey. Some readers, like me, wept through the books, and waited in queues for the release of the next instalment, such was the grasp of J.K. Rowling’s imagination.
In my wildest dreams I cannot imagine achieving even a morsel of her success. But what I can achieve is that I can sit down for hour after hour and put words on a page. And just like Joanne Rowling, I can leverage my imagination, and put in the hard work to create a piece of work that someone somewhere will love. Whether this book moves or inspires a generation of readers is up to you to decide. I’d be happy if you just liked it.
21 MARCH 2014