J.K. Rowling Talks Cormoran Strike, New Children’s Story


J.K. Rowling answers fan questions on how Cormoran Strike is doing, and updates on that brand new children’s book she mentioned she was writing last year.

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One of the joys of J.K. Rowling’s Twitter habit is that, on a regular basis, she connects directly with her fans. Whether it’s to tell them how cute their baby is, to clarifying answers on Pottermore stories, Rowling not only uses the social media engine to keep her profile and her projects in the public eye, but to make herself accessible to fans, who feel like their favorite author is paying attention.

It doesn’t always work–you have to catch her at the right time, and ask about a subject she’s in the mood to talk about. Turns out that subject this past Saturday was not Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them or Harry Potter, but her other project, the Cormoran Strike series of mystery novels which she writes under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith.

For those who don’t know, Strike’s fictional office in located above the 12 Bar Club music venue, on Denmark Street. Denmark Street in London is something of a historical place when it comes to the London music business, as it is where many publishers, recording studios and promoters were located from the 1920s onward. But the new “Crossrail project”, which is an extension of the London Tube line, has the area set for redevelopment in the next two years.

Cormoran Strike has been basically living in his office–his father’s business agent was the one who gave him the loan to get it in the first place. Losing it will probably be a major plot point in the next novel.

Speaking of the next novel….

It sounds like Rowling is working hard on said next book. There hasn’t been any announcement on a publication date (yet), but for those who are fans of the series, she’s been spitting them out with an almost alarming regularity–one every fall since 2012.

Rowling published the third installment last fall, and it turns out many fans thought that the ending (which I won’t spoil here) was a sign the series was drawing to a close.

But that is not so! After all, Strike has to move office soon.

But in the middle of all this Strike gossip, a fan asked about another book Rowling mentioned she was working on last year. If you may recall, back in October, around the time of Career of Evil‘s publishing, Rowling mentioned in an interview with Radio 2 that she was working on her first children’s book since Harry Potter, and her first one that is not set in the Potterverse. She called it “a political fairy tale.” “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.”

Sadly, it turns out Rowling spoke too soon on the book ever becoming a reality.

Oh dear! Well that’s a sore disappointment. Perhaps she’ll pull it back out of the drawer in a few years and figure out how to fix it? Until then, we’ll just have to comfort ourselves with the knowledge that hopefully soon there will be more adventures of Strike and Robin.