J.K Rowling’s pseudonym

Some people must wonder why J.K. Rowling still writes. She has made her fortune with Harry Potter which has provided her with more success, fame and money than she could ever fathom.

It is a question she has been asked many times over and in one particular interview she replied “Because I love it and I need it.”The_Cuckoo's Calling

As most of us are now aware J.K. Rowling has published a new book, although not in the conventional way. Her new book ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’ was written under the pen name Robert Galbraith.

Russells solicitors, a law firm, was the source of the unveiling leaving Rowling understandingly upset, angry and disappointed.

On the newly launched Robert Galbraith website, J.K. Rowling reveals the logic behind her decision to write under a pseudonym: “I was yearning to go back to the beginning of a writing career in this new genre, to work without hype or expectation and to receive totally unvarnished feedback. It was a fantastic experience and I only wish it could have gone on a little longer.”

To some writers Rowling must seem like the luckiest person in the world. She has achieved success that no budding author could even dare to dream off. She did not just write a book, Harry Potter became a brand.

However, as a budding writer myself I can’t help but sympathise with Rowling that she has felt the need to write under a pseudonym so that she can truly feel like a writer again.

The power of her name was revealed as Rowling’s publishers now have to print 140,000 copies to meet demand while the book sold a mere 1,500 copies before the author’s true identity was revealed.

While it is by no means a bad thing that her literature will be seen by so many people, Harry Potter has brought about such a reputation for Rowling that everything that she writes after that will always be compared and let’s face it something as great as Harry Potter can hardly be created twice.

So I understand why she used a pen name. As a writer you want your work to be appreciated for what it is instead of ‘it’s good but not as good as that book that you wrote that made you the first billionaire author – ever.’


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