J.K. Rowling Once Suspected the BBC Outed Her as Robert Galbraith
It is well known that J.K. Rowling took on the pen name Robert Galbraith to publish the Cormoran Strike series and that this secret was later leaked, but Rowling has revealed that at one point, the BBC was on her list of suspects!
The BBC approached Galbraith and his team about potentially developing a TV series based on The Cuckoo’s Calling. As delighted as Rowling was to receive this interest, she was conflicted as to how to protect Galbraith’s true identity without tipping the BBC off that there was something to hide.
Rowling had only published The Cuckoo’s Calling at the time of the leak but had hoped to have published at least three books before she was unmasked. At it was, the secret was known by only a few, so it was a shock when it became public knowledge.
I was a bit unlucky the way it happened.
Rowling began writing as Galbraith as a way to return to the roots of being a writer and explore her interest in crime novels without the pressure and expectation of attaching her name to a post-Potter series.
Rowling further mentioned her ambitious hopes to create ten stories for the series. With four currently published, Rowling is already working on the next couple.
Rowling is proud of the success of the Strike TV series, but she admitted that the world on-screen has affected her mind’s vision of the world inside the novels.
One particular aspect of Lethal White Rowling enjoyed exploring was the effect of fame. In the novel, Strike tackles his new-found fame while still trying to carry out his duties as a private investigator, a topic that Rowling found incredibly “satisfying” to discuss through him.
Rowling also revealed that she identifies most closely with Strike himself!
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