DID YOU KNOW – J.K. Rowling

This is a blog series found on this blog as well as my other blog and on Norns Triad Publications’ blog.
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English author Born 1965

J.K. Rowling wrote her first book at the age of four. Her first published novel, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, was in 1997. She went on to becoming the first ever billion-dollar author with her earnings in 2004.

J.K. Rowling receive a Bachelor’s degree in French and the classics before achieving a postgraduate certificate in modern languages. Then, she taught English in Portugal. In addition, she not only gave the 2008 commencement address but also received an honorary degree from Harvard University.

J.K. Rowling‘s has been highly recognized for her achievements in wirting. In 2001, Prince Charles gave her the Order of the British Empire. This amazing woman, also, donated to the research clinic at University of Edinburgh. This is when the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurological Clinic was named in honor of her mother. Anne died in 1990 due to complications relating to her MS.

DID YOU KNOW – Jean M. Auel

Visit her website and learn more HERE

Jean M. Auel has been a respected and influential person to anthropologists, archaeologists, and writers. She is an avid reader and a meticulous researcher. Studying both in the classroom and out in the field, this brilliant lady not only earned an MBA from the University of Portland but also holds honorary degrees from Portland State University, Pacific University, University of Maine, and Mount Vernon College for Women.

As a young woman, I wrote to Ms. Auel. Each time, she was gracious enough to respond. Not only did she feed my love of reading, research, and history but she encouraged my interests in archaeology, anthropology, and prehistory. Her debut novel, Clan of the Cave Bear, left a lasting imprint on my mind while her approach-ability taught me that success cannot happen without kindness.

DID YOU KNOW: Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou 1928–2014 http://mayaangelou.com/

Born Marguerite Annie Johnson Angelou, this amazing woman has changed the world and influenced me, personally. Her words have touched my soul for as long as I can recall. Her beautiful spirit lives on, shaping our world even though she has transcended.

Maya Angelou is an empowered American woman. Best known for her writing, she was a poet, essayist, songwriter, playwright, and autobiographer. Her talents didn’t stop there. Maya was the first black female director in Hollywood. in addition to acting, singing, and dancing, she also wrote, produced and directed for film, television, and stage.

Maya was more than just an award-winning artist. This lady worked as an activist along side Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X during the Civil Rights Movement. She served on the presidential committees for Gerald Ford (1975) and Jimmy Carter (1977). In 2000, President Bill Clinton gave her the National Medal of Arts and in 2010 she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from  President Barack Obama!

My favorite quotes from Maya Angelou are: