British author JK Rowling gave some insight into her 19-year marriage to her husband Neil Murray during the ‘Tracks Of My Years’ segment on Ken Bruce’s Radio 2 show.
The author discussed her favourite and most memorable songs on the show and mentioned that she thought Bill Withers’ love song ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’ was ‘beautiful’.
She went on to explain why she thought so while giving some insight into her marriage to her husband who had told her that the song reminded him of how he feels when she is at work in London.
JK Rowling said: “Well I think of all the love songs written, this might be my favourite. It’s such a beautiful, simple sentiment, but I have an additional reason for choosing it.”
“I was playing it in the kitchen while cooking something; [my husband] walked in, he said, ‘This always makes me think of you when you’re down in London’ and that was a very moving marital moment so now it has an extra layer of meaning for me.” – She added.
During the lockdown, the British author and her husband Neil Murray were able to spend time together with their children, Mackenzie, who is 15 years old, and David, who is 17 years old.
She went on to say: “Well, I hope that all listeners have had the happy experience that I’ve had of it being quite a special time. We also have teenage kids and it’s been kind of wonderful to spend that extra time with them.”
JK Rowling is also mother to Jessica, who is 27 years old, from her previous marriage to Jorge Arantes who she divorced in 1993.
In the interview, JK went on to give some insight about her own lack of self-belief, she said: “You have to push through your lack of belief. Certainly, with Potter and with other things I’ve written, I’ve put them down for months at a time.”
She went on to say: “Even though I was very insecure I just kept pushing on, pushing on. Actually, the thing that pushed me to complete the book and really to have belief, was having made such a mess of my life generally.”
“In fact, I do remember feeling, ‘Look, so you get turned down by every publisher in the country, what’s to lose now?’ Well you know, it [wasn’t] even that I thought it would be a massive success because I certainly didn’t.” – The British author added.
Instead of putting herself down, she got to a point in her life where she decided that if she thought it was a good story she was going to put her all into it and just ‘see what happens’.
JK Rowling said: “I’d lost the fear of failing or [rejection] that had probably hampered me a little bit early on in my writing.”