Novelist reveals her plans
Rowling planning first children’s book since Potter
Author J K Rowling has revealed that she is writing her first children’s book since the Harry Potter series.
Since finishing the hugely successful wizard books she has focused on adult fiction, writing The Casual Vacancy under her own name and three Cormoran Strike crime novels using the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.
Speaking to Simon Mayo on BBC Radio 2, she said she intends writing her next books under her own name and admitted the next is likely to be for a younger audience.
“I have plans to write novels – in the plural – as JK Rowling again, but I’m not going to give you an absolute date because things are busy enough. I have written part of a children’s book that I really love, so I’m definitely going to finish that. There will will be another children’s book,” she said.
She has already written a play called Harry Potter and the Cursed Child which premiers in London next summer.
She has also been working on the script for a film adaptation of Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, starring Eddie Redmayne, said she has more ideas for the Strike series.
The play, based on an original new story by Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and is set 19 years on from the last book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows.
Speaking about her crime series she said: “What’s nice about the Strike books is I don’t have an end point. I’m not as prescriptive as with the Potter books,” she said.
“I could even probably go to 10, even beyond, I don’t know, depending on the number of plots. What will ultimately limit it is the relationship between Striker and Robin (Ellacott, his investigator partner), and that’s the through-line.
” I think at the point where I don’t enjoy writing about them any more, that will probably be the point when Robert stops writing this series but I certainly am nowhere near that yet.
“I sometimes worry I’ll die before I’ve written them all out,” she said. “That’s my mid-life crisis.”
Rowling admited she is still “disappointed” after she was revealed in 2013 as the real author behind Robert Galbraith by someone at the entertainment law firm Russell’s.
She said: “I wish Robert had lasted longer. It’s unrealistic, but looking back, if I could have had three books… It felt a little premature. I felt a little disappointed.”
Rowling also said the third Strike book, Career Of Evil, was “definitely the darkest of the series so far. “It’s the only book I’ve ever written that has given me literally nightmares,” she said.
“I read a lot of police reports and accounts of serial killers. There are people who have done these sorts of things, I did a lot of research and that has disturbed me quite a lot. I also wanted to get into the killer’s head.”