Source: The Independent
Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling recently tried to pull a fast one on the literary world and published a mystery novel under a pseudonym. And she would have gotten away with it if it weren't for those meddling kids at the Sunday Times.
Rowling confessed Sunday to being the author of the recently published novel The Cuckoo’s Calling, which she wrote under the pen name Robert Galbraith. The novel, about a veteran of the war in Afghanistan investigating the death of a supermodel, had garnered favorable reviews, but attracted attention as it was considered to be too much of “an assured piece of writing” for a first novel by an unknown author.
The Sunday Times did some investigating of its own and figured out that Galbraith and Rowling shared the same publisher, agent, and editor. Of course the fact that the novel’s protagonist has the extremly Potter-esque name of “Cormoran Strike” should have tipped them off in the first place. That or the fact that the novel is 450 pages long.
In a statement admitting to being the novel’s true author, Rowling said "I had hoped to keep this secret a little longer because being Robert Galbraith has been such a liberating experience. It has been wonderful to publish without hype or expectation, and pure pleasure to get feedback under a different name."
Sales of The Cuckoo’s Calling went up sharply after Rowling was exposed as its true author. She also says that work on a second novel featuring Cormoran Strike has been completed, and will be out in 2014.
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