A few weeks ago we told you that GirlGuiding Scotland had teamed up with some 80 prominent women, including Harry Potter author JK Rowling, to combat the celebrity culture's influence among teenage girls. Her interview is now online for you to read.
Rowling on her career:
Because of the huge fame of the Harry Potter novels - and therefore great expectations surrounding them, how do you stop that from impacting how you develop the story or characters? I am very protective of my characters and the storyline; I stick fiercely to what I believe is right for them even if I know that it will make some fans unhappy (for instance, some of the romance in book six disappointed readers who were hoping for other pairings).
However, resisting this kind of pressure is not as difficult as you might think, because I did a lot of planning in the seven years between having the idea for the Potter books and the publication of Philosopher's Stone, so I have a kind of map to keep me on track.