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J K Rowling was born on July 31st 1965 in Chipping Sodbury Gloucestershire England Her full name is Joanne Kathleen JK Rowling has one sister Di who was born 2 years after J K JK Rowling claims that she has actually been writing since she was 5 or 6 years old Her first story called Rabbit was filled with amusing and realistic characters such as a large bee called Miss Bee Quite strange indeed JK Rowling along with her parents and sister moved twice while she was growing up While at one of their homes close to Bristol and in Winterbourne she had friends next door whose last name was Potter J K never forgot the children or the last name which she liked very much and ended up naming all of her books after them When she was nine years old her family moved again to Tutshill in England She attended a primary grade school in Tutshill and later attended Wyedean Comprehensive which is like middle school Rowling describes herself as being shy freckly and with no natural athletic ability but she has a great love of literature Later when she graduated from Wyedean High school she attended Exeter University Here she studied French after her parents encouraged her into what they believed would be a successful career as a bilingual secretary After graduation however it didnt take Rowling long to realize that she was not meant to be a secretary She described herself as the worst secretary ever and very disorganized she found it harder and harder to remain attentive during meetings while she worked on stories rather than taking notes like she had been told too When JK was 26 years old she moved to Portugal to be an English teacher She has been quoted many times as saying she loved teaching English usually teaching in the afternoons and evenings so that she could be free to work on her
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