She started using her initials as an author because the publisher thought boys would be less likely to read a book written by someone with a "woman's name". It was felt that "J. Rowling" wouldn't look right, so for the middle initial of her pen name she adopted her grandmother's name.
Profits from the Harry Potter series have made her one of the richest women in the world, and she is noted for her generous gifts to charitable causes.
Among other books, she has written the seven volumes of the Harry Potter Series:
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (1997)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (1998)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (1999)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2000)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2003)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2005)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (2007)
Rowling's first non-Potter related book, a novel for adults called The Casual Vacancy was published in 2012. Rowling used the pseudonym Robert Galbraith for her second work of adult fiction, the 2013 mystery novel The Cuckoo's Calling.
- J.K. Rowling's official website.
- J.K. Rowling on Harry Potter Wiki.
- J.K. Rowling on The Casual Vacancy Wiki.