J.K. Rowling returns

With her first adult novel in stores today, 60 Minutes looks back at a 1999 interview with British writer J.K. Rowling

For over 10 years, the release of a new J.K. Rowling book has meant hoards of kids lining up at midnight at bookstores around the country, and reading through the night about the continuing adventures of a young wizard named Harry Potter.

Today, Rowling released her first novel for adults, "The Casual Vacancy," which she tweeted earlier this year "is very different to Harry, although I've enjoyed writing it every bit as much."

In 1999, 60 Minutes profiled the British writer (video below), who told Lesley Stahl about the tough times in her past. "I was in worse straights than ever before," Rowling told Lesley about her life as she was writing the first Harry Potter book. Rowling was on welfare and skipping meals to support her infant. Now, 450 million book sales later, she's on to the next chapter.

To read more about Rowling's new novel, and the possibility of additional Harry Potter books, click here.

  • Vidya Singh

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