The "Harry Potter" books transformed her from a poverty-stricken single mother to one of the world’s richest women. However, JK Rowling says she had to seek therapy to help her deal with the stardom that the success brought her.
Rowling, who has sold 450 million books worldwide, admitted in an interview that she was overwhelmed when she first became a household name and was forced to undergo therapy to cope with her sudden success.
The notoriously private author told The Guardian in an interview, “You don’t expect the kind of problems that [fame] brings with it. I felt that I had to solve everyone’s problems. I was hit by this tsunami of demands. I felt overwhelmed. And I was really worried that I would mess up.”
The 47-year-old author continued, “Everything changed so rapidly, so strangely. I knew no one who’d ever been in the public eye. I didn’t know anyone—anyone—to whom I could turn and say, ‘What do you do?’ So it was incredibly disorientating.”
Rowling had previously opened up about her battle with depression, which engulfed her at the time when she wrote the first book in the boy wizard series, “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone,” according to the Daily Mail. She was a single mother who was struggling to make ends meet, writing the book in cafes while her baby daughter slept beside her.
She admitted that she felt suicidal at times and used those dark feelings to create the Dementors, the hooded creatures in "Harry Potter" books which feed on happiness.
Rowling revealed that she turned to therapy throughout her career to help cope with the pressures of fame and fortune. “I had to do it again when my life was changing so suddenly—and it really helped. I’m a big fan of it, it helped me a lot,” she told The Guardian.
Rowling, whose highly anticipated first adult novel, “The Casual Vacancy,” is set for release on Thursday with millions of pre-orders, also dished on plot of her new book. She revealed that she took inspiration for the novel from Britain’s “phenomenally snobby” middle class.
The writer admitted that she was not worried about how her new book will be received by the critics or how well it would sell. “The worst that can happen is everyone says, ‘Well, that was dreadful, she should have stuck to writing for kids’ and I can take that,” she told the tabloid.
“The Casual Vacancy” is out on Sept. 27.