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J.K. Rowling says she thought about suicide

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Tbdjkrowling032508 Who knew crippling, suicidal depression was the creative spark J.K. Rowling needed to create a multi-billion-dollar empire?

The 42-year-old author recently opened up to a Edinburgh University student magazine, the BBC reports, detailing the dark period in her life before starting the Harry Potter series. She said she contemplated suicide in the early '90s after being separated from her first husband, Jorge Arantes.

"We're talking suicidal thoughts here, we're not talking 'I'm a little bit miserable," Rowling told 22-year-old student Adeel Amini. "Mid-twenties life circumstances were poor and I really plummeted."

Rowling said she had to ask friends to help pay the security deposit on her apartment -- the same one where she would begin writing Harry's adventures.

"The thing that made me go for help was probably my daughter (Jessica)," Rowling said. "She was something that earthed me, grounded me, and I thought, this isn't right, this can't be right, she cannot grow up with me in this state."

Happily, J.K. found a therapist and was able to go on to buy and sell whatever emotions she wants.

[Photo: Getty Images]

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:38am]

    

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