J.K.Rowling managed to create a plot twist in real life that nobody saw coming. She has outed herself as the writer behind “The Cuckoo’s Calling.” She had used an alias, Robert Galbraith, who was described by her publisher, Mulholland Books, an imprint of Little, Brown and Company, as: “a former member of the Special Investigative Branch of the Royal Military Police.” They added on their website: “He left the military in 2003 and has been working since then in the civilian security industry. The idea for (protagonist) Cormoran Strike grew directly out of his own experiences and those of his military friends who returned to the civilian world. ‘Robert Galbraith’ is a pseudonym.”
However, “The Sunday Times” wanted to get to know the author better, and started to do extensive research, which led them to a startling conclusion: the author had used the same agent, editor and even publisher who had also worked with the famous Harry Potter author. Therefore establishing that J.K. Rowling had indeed disguised herself with the former member if the Royal Military police cloak.
J.K. Rowling made a statement in which she talks about her disappointment of being revealed as the author, she really had enjoyed the anonymity, and the pleasure that came with it. Rowling says: “I hoped to keep this secret a little longer, because being Robert Galbraith has been such a liberating experience!” She added: “It has been wonderful to publish without hype or expectation and pure pleasure to get feedback from publishers and readers under a different name. The upside of being rumbled is that I can publicly thank my editor David Shelley, who has been a true partner in crime, all those people at Little, Brown who have been working so hard on “The Cuckoo’s Calling” without realizing that I wrote it, and the writers and reviewers, both in the newspapers and online, who have been so generous to the novel.”
She also wanted to soothe readers nerves, which might have been shaken, as a result of this news. Rowling stated: “And to those who have asked for a sequel, Robert fully intends to keep writing the series, although he will probably continue to turn down personal appearances.” J.K. Rowling can be proud of her achievements. Her book, “The Cuckoo’s Calling,” did quite well in sales and received a lot of praise even though people thought Robert had written the book. To no-one’s surprise, the book is now doing even better than ever. On Amazon.com alone the sales have risen to more than 507,000%
Will you pick up a copy of J.K’s book even though you now know that the former member of the Royal Military police, Robert Galbraith, is indeed Rowling? Does it make you wonder if there are more famous authors who haven’t claimed to be the actual writer for other books?
It might be difficult to separate the author, and her writing from this book, and therefore taint your experience. However, if the book is good, gripping, and keeps you entertained, you might not be wondering about anything at all.
By Georgina Pijttersen