C.B. Strike promo: J.K. Rowling discusses the reason for the pseudonym


Remember when “The Cuckoo’s Calling” wasn’t initially connected to J.K. Rowling? She shares the reason for the use of the pseudonym in the latest promo for hit new series C.B. Strike.

Think back to when “The Cuckoo’s Calling” was initially released. People only knew that it was from a new author called Robert Galbraith. While it was interesting, it wasn’t as popular as it would later become. After publications revealed J.K. Rowling was behind the pseudonym. Soon it would fly off the shelves as “Harry Potter” fans raised to read the next novel by their favorite author.

During the latest C.B. Strike promo for the release of the series on Friday, Rowling has discussed the reason behind the pseudonym. The good news is she wasn’t trying to hide from her fans. She knew there would always be a time the name would come out.

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A chance to disconnect

The “Harry Potter” author has admitted that she just wanted a chance to disconnect from everything that the Boy Wizard brought. As much as she loves her fans, she wanted her most recent series of books to be all about the writing; to go back to the beginning. By getting it out under a pseudonym there were no expectations on writing style and storylines.

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That was especially important for a series like the Cormoran Strike books. She’d jumped from teen and young adult fiction to adult crime. This was a huge change of pace and many authors opt for pen names to keep their writing in different genres separate.

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She wanted three books

Before the leak of her name, Rowling had hoped she’d get three books before the secret was out. So there was always the intention to allow the truths to be released.

Would that have been accepted by the fans? Would three books have been too long? We don’t have to answer that question since the name was unfairly released. And it certainly doesn’t matter now, as the (so far) book trilogy has been adapted into a TV show and will air in the U.S. starting this week.

Did you buy “A Cuckoo’s Calling” before you knew it was Rowling? Would you have bought it if you’d heard about it first? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Next: Why Harry Potter fans should watch C.B. Strike

C.B. Strike premieres with the first episode of “A Cuckoo’s Calling” on Friday, June 1 at 10/9c on CINEMAX.