The Secret’s Out

J.K. Rowling turned another year older this week. (It’s not nice to talk about ladies’ ages, so I don’t believe I’ll mention hers. I’ll just point out that she is still on the “good side’ of 50.) Born Joanne Rowling, J.K. Rowling is, of course, her adopted pen name. Concerned that young boys might not go for a book written by a woman, her publisher suggested she come up with a pseudonym. So, upon combining her first initial with the initial of her paternal grandmother, Kathleen, the moniker J.K. Rowling was born.

Interesting fact about Rowling: apparently, she can only fool some of the people some of the time.

Back in April of this year, a crime novel appeared on the shelves. It was entitled The Cuckoo’s Calling, and it was written by Robert Galbraith. According to Galbraith’s bio, he spent “several years with the Royal Military Police” and the protagonist of his novel, a fellow by the name of Cormoran Strike, “grew directly out of his own experiences and those of his military friends.” Only, upon further review, he didn’t!  The book was actually penned by J.K. Rowling, who apparently wanted to try and sell a novel based on sheer craftmanship rather than on her name.

Unfortunately, however, the wife of a partner in the media firm with whom she placed her trust, shared the secret on Twitter. Rowling was angry and disappointed concerning the breach of trust. 

I’m not sure I would be to terribly upset for too long, if I were her. Prior to her being revealed as the author, Rowling saw her book listed 4,709th on Amazon. After the big reveal? Her book jumped all the way to #1!

More importantly, I think she got what she wanted. The novel has received nearly universal critical acclaim. Rowling passed her own test with flying colors. Clearly, she’s pretty darn good at her craft! (As if she didn’t already know that right? I mean, becoming a billionaire off of one book series says something about your writing ability, I should think.)

In any case, I personally look forward to reading her newest writing endeavor.



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