Joanne Kathleen Rowling was born
July 31, 1965 in Chipping, Gwent (England), where she lived and
grew up for a while. After graduating from High School she
continued her education at Exeter University, where she got her
degree in French.
In 1990 and the years after, she sat
in local cafes and diners writing out her ideas and planned out
the plot for Harry's adventures for his 7 years at magic school.
When she finished the first book, she went around trying to sell
it to different Publishing companies, but was rejected by the
first few. Then, she found an agent in London, named Christopher
Little, and he eventually made a deal with Bloomsbury Children's
Books, which published the first book in 1997.