J.K. Rowling Talks Secret Book Release

Posted Monday July 15, 2013 2:36 PM GMT

She’s one of the most successful authors of all time, and just to prove that she wasn’t resting on her laurels, J.K. Rowling released her latest book under a false name.

The “Harry Potter” mastermind penned “The Cuckoo’s Calling” under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith and it hit stores in April to dismal sales of only 1,500 copies.

However, Publisher’s Weekly loved it- "Galbraith combines a complex and compelling sleuth and an equally well-formed and unlikely assistant with a baffling crime in his stellar debut."

And earlier this month, a Sunday Times editor tweeted that “Cuckoo’s Calling” was too good to be a debut novel, after which an anonymous post declared that Rowling had indeed written it.

Further linguistics research uncovered the fact that J.K. had likely authored the novel, and Rowling finally came clean. "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."

Of course, now “The Cuckoo’s Calling” is selling like hotcakes, having already reached #2 on Amazon’s bestsellers list.

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