JK Rowling Considered Suicide

Harry Potter author discusses depression during mid-20s
By Kate Rockwood,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 23, 2008 10:01 AM CDT

(Newser) – Before Harry Potter came along, his creator was broke, recently divorced, depressed, and near suicide, reports the Times of London. JK Rowling was a mom in her mid-20s, living in a cramped apartment paid for by a friend when she sought professional help. “We’re talking suicidal thoughts here, we’re not talking ‘I’m a little bit miserable,'” she told a student magazine at Edinburgh University.

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Rowling began therapy and shortly after started writing the first Harry Potter book. "I have never been remotely ashamed of having been depressed. Never," she says. "I went through a really rough time and I am quite proud that I got out of that." The 42-year-old is one of the world’s richest women and has sold more than 325 million books. (Read more Harry Potter stories.)

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