Ms. J K Rowling was born on July 31st, 1965 in Chipping Sodbury,
Gloucestershire, England. Her given name at birth was Joanne Kathleen.
Ms. Rowling has one sister, Di, who was born 2 years after J K.
It is interesting to note that Ms. Rowling claims that she has
actually been writing since she was 5 or 6 years old. show
Seventeen years ago Tom Clancy was an obscure Maryland insurance
broker with a passion for naval history and only a letter to the
editor and a brief article on the MX missile to his credit. Years
before he had been an English major at Baltimores Loyola College
and had always dreamed of writing a novel. His first effort, The
Hunt for Red October. show more
Stephen Edwin King was born in Portland, Maine in 1947, the second
son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his parents
separated when Stephen was a toddler, he and his older brother,
David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were
spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father's family was at
the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut. show
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, as he was christened, was born in Bloemfontein,
South Africa in 1892. His early and barely memorable years were
spent divided between the city and a country farm. His father,
an English banker, was making efforts to establish a branch in
that country. Many of Tolkien's early memories of South Africa,
including an incident when he was bitten by a tarantula while
visiting a rural district, are reported to have influenced his
later works. show more
Michael Crichton was born in Chicago, in 1942. He was educated
at Harvard College, graduating in 1965 with a degree in anthropology.
Deciding to become a doctor, he attended Harvard Medical School
and graduated with an MD in 1969. To pay his way through medical
school, he wrote spy thrillers under another name. One of these
books, A Case of Need, won the Edgar Award for the Best Mystery
of the Year. show more
Details about William Shakespeares life are sketchy, mostly mere
surmise based upon court or other clerical records. His parents,
John and Mary (Arden), were married about 1557; she was of the
landed gentry, he a yeomana glover and commodities merchant.
By 1568, John had risen through the ranks of town government and
held the position of high bailiff, similar to mayor. show
Charles Dickens was born in 1812 and he lived during a very challenging
time for Europe. His stories were very realistic and sometimes
very sad to read. They dealt with how life was for the poor and
lower-classes. His art, although not always pleasant to read,
has a unique style and I love the way Dickens put words together.
He lived until 1870 and during his life-time, he wrote several
books. show more
When he was a senior in college, Dean Koontz won an Atlantic Monthly
fiction competition and has been writing ever since. His books
are published in 38 languages, a figure that currently increases
more than 17 million copies per year. Eight of his novels have
risen to number one on the New York Times hardcover bestseller
list. show more
George Lucas was born in Modesto, California. The son of a stationery
store owner, he was raised on a walnut ranch, and attended Modesto
Junior College before enrolling in the University of Southern
California film school. As a student at USC, Lucas made several
short films, including Electronic Labyrinth: THX-1138: 4EB, which
took first prize at the 1967-68 National Student Film Festival.
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