If you’re a J.K. Rowling/Robert Galbraith fan, we’ve got amazing news for you: the Harry Potter author will be penning a new children’s book.
During an interview for the Radio Two Book Club, Rowling said: ‘I have an idea for a children’s book. Actually I have written part of a children’s book that I really love so I’m definitely going to finish that. And I have other ideas for other adult books.’
This is almost as exciting as when Harry got his Hogwarts letter.
And the author reveals she’s always got plenty of new stories swarming about in her head, ‘loads’ in fact. ‘I sometimes worry I’ll die before I’ve written them all out,’ she told Simon Mayo. ‘That’s my mid-life crisis!’
Currently busy writing the screenplay for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Rowling revealed that her next book would be written under her real name, and not her pseudonym, but that she’s in no rush to put pen to paper.
‘I’m not going to give you an absolute date because things are busy and I’ve been writing a screenplay as well,’ she said.
Rowling also spoke about the upcoming Harry Potter play The Cursed Child, set 19 years after the Potter books end. ‘I always said I’d never say never,’ she said. ‘There were things I had in my head about what happened 19 years later. I personally had no desire to write it as a novel, for reasons that I think will become clear when people see the play. I’ll just say that this play would never have happened if this particular team hadn’t come to me. They’re extraordinary and I think together we’ll create a really fantastic experience for people.’
She also said that she wished she’d been able to write under her pseudonym for a while longer, saying that for Robert Galbraith, it’s more about the writing.
‘Looking back I think it probably was unrealistic,’ she said. ‘I had this idea if I could maybe have three books. The catch 22 was if the books were successful, the odds of me keeping the secret diminished accordingly because people were going to start asking “why does this guy never give interviews”. I did know that. But it felt a little premature. I was disappointed.
‘I’d like Robert’s writing career to be less about the hype and the promotional stuff, because I’d done so much of that with Potter. I was so grateful for what happened with Potter, it was amazing; but the truth is that I’m the kind of writer who really does want to be alone in a room writing most of the time. This is fun but Robert gets to have a lower key existence normally, than I do. It just feels that with Robert it’s more about the writing.’
As long as Rowling or Galbraith keeps on writing, we’ll be more than happy, we promise.