Exclusive - J.K. Rowling Extended Interview Pt. 1

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In this exclusive, unedited interview, J.K. Rowling explores moving on from "Harry Potter," and reveals the twist ending of her book, "The Casual Vacancy." (5:29)

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK.

MY GUEST TONIGHT IS A BEST-SELLING AUTHOR OF THE HARRY POTTER SERIES OF BOOKS.

HER NEW NOVEL IS CALLED THE CASUAL VACANCY.

PLEASE WELCOME TO THE PROGRAM ONCE AGAIN J.K. ROWLING.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ) THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

Jon: FIRST, YOU ARE SO ELECTRIC.

YOU JUST BLEW UP HALF OF OUR STUDIO GRID.

THE BOOK IS CALLED THE CASUAL VACANCY.

LET ME CONGRATULATE YOU ON SOMETHING THAT I THINK IS ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT THINGS FOR AN ARTIST AND AUTHOR TO DO AND

ACCOMPLISH IS TO CREATE SOMETHING OF GREAT SUCCESS AND THEN LET IT BE AND CREATE SOMETHING ELSE AND PUT IT OUT

BOLDLY

>> THANK YOU Jon: THAT IS NOT AN EASY THINGED TO DO.

I CONGRATULATE YOU FOR IT.

>> THANK YOU.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ) YOU KNOW, IT'S FUNNY BECAUSE A LOT OF PEOPLE SAY THIS IS VERY BRAVE.

BUT I'M NOT SURE IT FELT VERY BRAVE.

THE BRAVE THING HONESTLY WAS WORKING ON SOMETHING SEVEN YEARS WITH NO HOPE OF GETTING IT PUBLISHED.

I LOOK BACK AT THOSE DAYS AND THINK, WELL, I WAS BRAVE THEN BECAUSE I SHOWED A LOT OF SELF BELIEF REALLY

>> Jon: ABSOLUTELY.

WHAT WAS IT IN YOURSELF BELIEF THAT ALLOWED YOU TO SUSTAIN THAT?

>> GOD ONLY KNOWS BECAUSE REALLY I LOOK BACK AND I THINK, YOU KNOW, OBVIOUSLY IT WAS HOURS, MONTHS, YEARS LITERALLY.

I REALLY BELIEVED IN THE STORY.

>> Jon: I'M GOING TO MAKE A CONNECTION HERE ON THIS BOOK, THE CASUAL VACANCY.

THERE IS A SOCIAL ASPECT TO THIS BOOK THAT I THINK IS INFORMED BY THOSE EARLY YEARS OF STRUGGLE.

IT FEELS LIKE THE THREAD OF WHICH GOES THROUGH THIS NARRATIVE

>> DEFINITELY.

IT'S NOT AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY OR A MEMOIR.

BUT I COULDN'T HAVE WRITTEN THIS BOOK IF I HADN'T HAD A FEW YEARS WHERE I HAD BEEN REALLY AS POOR AS IT'S POSSIBLE TO GO IN THE

U.K. WITHOUT BEING HOMELESS.

I MEAN I HAD FRIENDS WHO HELPED ME BUT NO FRIENDS OR FAMILY WHO WERE IN A POSITION TO GIVE ME A HOUSE.

WE WERE ON WELFARE IS WHAT YOU WOULD CALL WELFARE.

I WOULD CALL IT BENEFITS FOR A COUPLE YEARS

>> Jon: IN THIS COUNTRY, WE CALL IT TO MAKE IT AS DIMINISHING AS POSSIBLE.

WE DON'T CALL IT BENEFITS.

WE LIKE YOU TO FEEL AS BAD AS YOU CAN

>> I HAVE TO SAY THAT EXISTS IN MY COUNTRY ALSO.

>> Jon: IT DOES AT THE TIME WHEN I WAS LIVING ON BENEFITS, PEOPLE ON BENEFITS WERE BEING PRETTY SEVERELY...

>> Jon: AREN'T YOU A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF A GOOD INVESTMENT FROM THE GOVERNMENT?

HAS THE GOVERNMENT EVER GOTTEN MORE BACK FROM AN INVESTMENT THAN FROM YOU?

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

>> I WOULD THINK, YES.

ABSOLUTELY.

FOR WHICH I WAS GRATEFUL AND STILL AM.

I RECEIVED A SUBSIST REALLY FROM THE GOVERNMENT FOR A RELATIVELY SHORT PERIOD IN MY LIFE.

I PAY A LOT OF TAX.

I FEEL ONE OF THE REASONS I STAY AND PAY, WHY I'M NOT BASED IN MONACO, IS I FEEL I OWE... I TRULY DO FEEL THAT.

I THINK MY COUNTRY HELPED ME.

THERE ARE PLACES IN THE WORLD WHERE I WOULD HAVE STARVED

>> Jon: TELL ME AGAIN THE NAME OF THAT COUNTRY...

>> MONOCO IS NICE THIS TIME OF YEAR.

BELIZE IS A GOOD ONE

>> Jon: IT'S VERY INTERESTING BECAUSE IN THIS, FIRST OF ALL, IT IS FOR AMERICANS THEY WOULD PROBABLY UNDERSTAND THERE'S A

DAVID LYNCH LIKE QUALITY TO THIS.

IT'S SORT OF VERY SUBURBAN...

>> IT'S PARTLY VERY SUBURBAN, YES.

>> Jon: BUT THE UNDERPINNINGS OF THE TOWN ARE SOMEWHAT MORE DARKLY...

>> I WOULD AGREE, YES.

IT'S A SMALL ENGLISH TOWN.

VERY PRETTY.

IT'S NOT BASED ON A REAL PLACE.

BUT IT IS THE KIND OF PLACE THAT I KNOW WELL.

I GREW UP IN A TOWN THAT IS IS NOT GEOGRAPHICALLY EXACTLY WHERE THIS TOWN IS BUT IT'S NOT DISSIMILAR IN FEELING.

YOU'VE TO TRANSLATE FOR ME.

IT IS WHAT WE WOULD CALL A COUNCIL ESTATE

>> Jon: WE WOULD CALL THAT A HOUSE WITH AN ELEVATOR FOR YOUR CAR.

>> SO THE TOWN REALLY DOESN'T WANT RESPONSIBILITY FOR...

>> Jon: OH,' PROJECT.

THAT'S WHERE PEOPLE OF LESS MEANS WOULD LIVE

>> NOW WE UNDERSTAND Jon: WE WOULD CALL IT THE PROJECTS

>> IT WOULD BE THE EQUIVALENT OF THE PROJECTS, RIGHT.

AND THE TOWN HAS POLITICAL JURISDICTION OVER THIS AREA AND REALLY DOESN'T WANT IT.

THEY SEE THEM AS A DRAIN AND SO ON AND SO FORTH.

THAT IS THE STARTING POINT OF THE NOVEL.

>> Jon: IF I MAY AND I JUST WANT TO GIVE IT AWAY VERY QUICKLY, IT ENDS...

>> DUMBLEDORF COMES BACK.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

>> Jon: YOU HAVE FIVE MINUTES.

WE'RE GOING TO TALK MORE WITH J.K. ROWLING.

CASUAL VACANCY IS ON THE BOOK SHELVES NOW.

J.K. ROWLING.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

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