JK ROWLING has proved she’s just as handy with her fists as she is with words.
The author has admitted delivering a knock-out punch – to a printer at her home in Edinburgh.
The 49-year-old – who described printers as “evil” – took to Twitter to explain why her own one is out of action.
“It threw tantrums every time I asked it to print anything longer than a pamphlet,” Rowling tweeted.
“Then it had a breakdown and then I *may* have hit it very hard with my fist, since when it appears to have been comatose.”
Rowling, whose worth is estimated at £657m, has been using her husband’s printer rather than splash some cash on a new one.
But she revealed that even that machine is now playing up.
She wrote: “Of all devices known to humankind, the desktop printer is the most evil. I am close to breaking point.”
Someone calling herself Crazy Plate Lady offered some sage advice: “Don’t let it know you’re angry,” she wrote. “They can sense it and rebel even more.”
To which Rowling replied: “I know. It will make me pay for my disloyalty. God, how I hate it.”
Referring to her doctor husband, she hastily added: “I now feel the need to say (in case he sees this at work) Neil, I haven’t broken your printer.”
The bizarre conversation came to an end when the official Canon UK twitter account asked: “Anything we can do to help?”
The author, who lives in Edinburgh, enquired: “Do you have an exorcist in my area?”