Rowling, J. K.
As a single mother, Rowling became an international literary sensation in 1999 when the first three installments of her Harry Potter children's book series. The fourth volume, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, became the fastest-selling book in history. Rowling graduated from Exeter University and moved to Portugal in 1990. Her marriage ended in divorce, and soon found herself on welfare. She sold the first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone for around 4,000.00. Rowling is currently Britain's 13 wealthiest. The 7th book in the series, harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, sold 6.
Kazu Kibuishi was 24 years old and working full-time in the animation industry when he began developing the idea of doing "Flight," He began contacting his friends in the animation, comics, and graphic novel world to see if they would want to join the project. Little did he know that it would draw him into comics full-time. He now works from his home studio in Pasadena, California, creating and promoting "Flight" and his popular young adult comic "Daisy Kutter," which was nominated as an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults -- the only graphic novel on the list in 2005.
Newbery Medal winner Nancy Willard has written numerous beloved books for children and adults, including poetry, picture books, and novels. She teaches writing and literature at Vassar College.
Mary GrandPre is the acclaimed illustrator of many children's books, including Plum, by Tony Mitton; The Thread of Life, by Domenico Vittorini; and the bestselling Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling.