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From Biography of JK Rowling:
In 1990, traveling on a train between London and Manchester, a 25-year-old British woman suddenly had an amazing idea for a novel. The shy young woman was too nervous to approach any of her fellow passengers for a piece of paper or pen, so she sat and gazed out the window of the train while she imagined the world she wanted to create. By the time she arrived home, the woman had a clear idea of the characters and story. Although she had never published any novels or even stories, she set about writing down her ideas, slowly forming them into a complete world.
Over the course of the next several years, J.K. Rowling would experience massive life changes and many challenges and joys, from the death of her mother to the birth of her daughter. Through it all, the single, working mother kept on writing. She had to write her entire novel by hand and then type it out on a typewriter. When she found an agent to represent her novel, Rowling was hopeful that her hard work would finally pay off. However, publishers barely gave the novel a second look. After a while, it seemed to Rowling that her novel had just been a waste of time and resources, since nobody else could see the same magic in the manuscript that she could see herself.
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From Biography of Stephen King:
For the past forty years, one name has dominated the world of horror fiction: Stephen King. King has produced fiction at a lightening speed since the publication of his first book, Carrie, in 1973. Throughout his tenure as one of the greatest American horror writers, he has published forty-nine novels, nine collections of short stories, and eleven screenplays. King's works have also served as the inspiration for numerous Hollywood films. Though many people think King's corpus of literature belongs solely to the horror category, several of his works are actually fantasy and psychological thrillers.
King largely bases his books in small-town America. In an interview with the Paris Review entitled "Stephen King, The Art of Fiction," King said, "If you go back over the books from Carrie on up, what you see is an observation of ordinary middle-class American life as it's lived at the time that particular book was written." King's mastery of relating how ordinary people deal with difficult, sometimes even supernatural situations, has earned him a loyal following over the years.
Though King's career has been successful and prolific, his life has not been without hardship. Indeed, King has been quite candid about his battles with alcohol, marijuana and cocaine. In 1999, King was struck by van and endured a long, painful journey to recovery. Now in his sixties, King is able to reflect on his life and career with honesty, and, at times, amusement.
King continues to write for the love of the craft, and for his need to share the stories that live in his head. He maintains a relationship with his fans via his website, StephenKing.com, because he is interested in reader feedback. King's legacy will not only be that of a great author, but that of a relatable author.
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From Biography of Stephenie Meyer:
In 2003, a young stay-at-home mother living in Arizona woke up at four in the morning, still reeling from a dream that she could not shake out of her mind. Stephenie Meyer had never really wanted to be a writer and had never written so much as a single short story before, but she felt compelled to turn this dream into a novel. Although she tried to focus on her usual daily routine of caring for her three young sons and doing chores around the house and around her town