Harry Potter author JK Rowling has revealed she has begun writing another children’s book. The novelist – who hasn’t released material for a young audience since the final Potter instalment in 2007 – told Radio 2’s Simon Mayo, “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. There will be another children’s book.”
Rowling made the revelation during an appearance in the guise of her crime writing alter ego Robert Galbraith, to promote Career of Evil, the latest book in the Cormoran Strike detective series. Since she finished her final Potter book, The Deathly Hallows, the author has released three books as Galbraith (despite her pseudonym being exposed in 2013), as well as adult fiction The Casual Vacancy which was turned into a BBC series earlier this year.
And while Rowling admitted she wished her disguise “had lasted longer”, she assured listeners she would write more material under her birth name.
“I’m not going to give you an absolute date because things are busy and I’ve been writing a screenplay as well for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them [the 2016 film starring Eddie Redmayne] which has been a lot of fun so I’m very busy but I’d definitely write more novels as JK Rowling – novels in the plural, I have so many ideas.”
She added: “I sometimes worry I’ll die before I’ve written them all out. That’s my midlife crisis – that I will leave this earth without having written them all.”
Ahead of today’s broadcast, DJ Simon Mayo joked that he had his “first crowd outside” for the Radio 2 Book Club.
Rowling’s interview comes after last week’s Potter hysteria as tickets for forthcoming stage play The Cursed Child became available, selling in their thousands as fans clamoured for the chance to find out what takes place nearly two decades after Voldemort’s downfall.
“It is really exciting,” said Rowling of her West End project. “I always said I’m not going to say never because there were things I had in my head about what happened 19 years later. I personally had no particular desire to write it as a novel for reasons 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 because they’re extraordinary and I think together we’re going to make a really fantastic experience for people. But it was the people, I didn’t go looking for this, it found me.”
And to add to her work on new novels, film scripts and the upcoming stage adaptation, Rowling will also be involved in the BBC’s plans to adapt all three of the Cormoran Strike detective novels, The Cuckoo’s Calling, The Silkworm and Career of Evil. Needless to say, it’s going to be a busy year.