How Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Changed My Life

Sonia Akavan
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For the longest time, I would tell anyone who would listen…heck, to pretty much anyone who would listen full stop…that I was never going to write a book again.

I’d had it up to here.

I’d enjoyed writing children’s books for a while, but with everything else I had on my plate, I had more than enough to do.

The experience of getting my book Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone published had nearly killed me, and I wasn’t going to go there again.

At least, that’s what I thought.

I mean, what writer gets to ride around in a limo on their first book launch? What writer gets to see their story come to life in front of their very eyes in the form of a film?

What writer gets to show their children their story come to life?

The answer is, of course, no writer.

And then I had a revelation.

I was no ordinary writer. I was a writer who had made a deal with a software developer.

That developer was a wizard whose idea of black magic wasn’t to scam innocent people out of their life savings.