“I always say the same thing, which is to read as much as you possibly can. Nothing will help you as much as reading, and you’ll go through a phase where you will imitate your favourite writers, and that’s fine because that’s a learning experience too, and you’ll also have to accept that you are going to hate a lot of the things you write before you find you like something.”
J.K. Rowling perhaps needs no introduction as the best-selling author of the Harry Potter series. When asked what her favourite book was from those she had written, she said she was torn between her first and last Harry books and her latest, Casual Vacancy (see our blog post on that novel below). If she could be any character in literature, she’d want to be Austen’s Elizabeth Bennet (even though the character she most identifies with is Jo March from Little Women), and the author she would most like to have meet is Charles Dickens. For bathroom reading, she has The Diaries of Auberon Waugh, which she says is “always good for a giggle.” For her next book, she plans to write another children’s book.
– Taken from an interview in the New York Times Book Review, October 12, 2012 and from an interview with Stephen Frye at the Royal Albert Hall, London after the publication of her fifth Harry novel.