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JKR says she'll write more Cormoran Strike books than HP books



JK Rowling said that she wants to publish more crime novels.

The author, who recently released her second novel featuring detective Cormoran Strike, said that she wants to publish more than the seven books released as part of the Harry Potter series.

Speaking at the Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival (via Herald Scotland), Rowling said that the crime series is open ended.

"It's pretty open ended. I really love writing, so I don't know that I've got an end point in mind," Rowling explained. "One of the things I love about this genre is unlike Harry Potter, where there was a through line, where there was an overarching story, a beginning and end, you are talking about discreet stories. So while a detective lives, you can keep giving him cases."

She also discussed why she decided to publish her novels under the pen name Robert Galbraith, explaining that she wanted to get a book published on its own merit.

"I had known for a long time that I had this character in my mind, and that I wanted to write a detective series and part of me hoped that I might be able to keep it long enough, kept the story going long enough to establish a series," she continued.

"I just wanted something, I suppose, just for me."

Rowling recently released a new Harry Potter story detailing Harry's life as a 34-year-old.

Fine by me, really. What did we think of The Silkworm, bbs? The mystery wasn't as good to me this time around, but I really love Cormoran and Robin as characters. (also I got sucked back into Pottermore and omg what is my life. Thank god for cheat websites)
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magnetic_rose92 19th-Jul-2014 06:27 pm (UTC)
I had no idea JKR was writing another series oop @ me. Gonna have to put this on my list of books.
kindalingers 19th-Jul-2014 10:13 pm (UTC)
You weren't supposed to, she published the first one under a pseudonym but her lawyer's wife's friend told a journalist. She got a big payout from the firm for charity.
scriptedending 19th-Jul-2014 06:27 pm (UTC)
Still need to read The Silkworm, but I liked The Cuckoo's Calling. It's nice that she doesn't feel as pressured/constricted with these books.
asuka4eva 19th-Jul-2014 06:28 pm (UTC)
I remember her saying, after HP 7, that she would never write about HP again.
adorealire 19th-Jul-2014 06:32 pm (UTC)
I think it was more that she wouldn't write another HP NOVEL again, not necessarily a little short story or whatever. She talked about writing an HP encyclopedia (which still really needs to happen, IDGAF about Pottermore)
addictedgal 19th-Jul-2014 06:36 pm (UTC)
YES like I would LOVE to have a beautiful encyclopedia with extra tidbits.
asuka4eva 19th-Jul-2014 06:37 pm (UTC)
With her teaching experience, an HP encyclopedia would be amazing.
bienegold 19th-Jul-2014 06:30 pm (UTC)
Ugh. She seems like a lovely person but her adult fiction is really, really poor.
rachael1918 19th-Jul-2014 10:52 pm (UTC)
I don't think that's fair. While I haven't read The Casual Vacancy, both her Cormoran Strike books were great - I found them very pacy and exciting. They're not great literature but they're tightly written, and that's what I'd expect from a good detective novel.
bienegold 19th-Jul-2014 11:48 pm (UTC)
I completely disagree, sorry. I found them predictable and full of tangents that are desperately trying to be Chandler-esque and failing. Maybe standards are lower for contemporary detective fiction.
phsntplkr 20th-Jul-2014 01:54 am (UTC)
Oh bull. Her Cormoran Strike books are solid, and were well reviewed even before anyone knew it was her writing them. Not everything needs to be high literature to be enjoyable.
kiwibutter 19th-Jul-2014 06:31 pm (UTC)
Yes please. Her strength has always been in detective fiction. The best parts of Harry Potter were the mysteries and plot twists.
glamshizzam 19th-Jul-2014 06:33 pm (UTC)
every epub i DL of The Silkworm is corrupt, i need a working link asap
kirkichi 19th-Jul-2014 06:37 pm (UTC)
here you go!
unchoco 20th-Jul-2014 04:10 am (UTC)
Thank you thank you thank you! I've been dying to read it after finishing The Cuckoo's Calling.
dracopet 19th-Jul-2014 06:34 pm (UTC)
Omg Strike should have gotten with Nina tho if JK isn't going to fridge Matthew already
la_petite_singe 19th-Jul-2014 06:37 pm (UTC)
She SHOULD fridge Matthew; he's such a flop.
dracopet 19th-Jul-2014 06:50 pm (UTC)
Guess she couldn't fridge him right after his mom died though :/
pastelstar 19th-Jul-2014 07:51 pm (UTC)
He's such a douche.
sarafina126 19th-Jul-2014 06:49 pm (UTC)
Do you guys think Strike and Robin will actually get together? I thought maybe after the first but I really saw no hints of romance in the second except Strike thinks she is beautiful once in awhile.
truexillusions 19th-Jul-2014 07:02 pm (UTC)
Have you read Bird Box? By Josh Malerman?
adorealire 19th-Jul-2014 06:35 pm (UTC)
I really liked the Silkworm. I liked the actual case of The Cuckoo's Calling more, but the Silkworm got me sucked in and I finished it really quickly. JR is a pretty good detective fiction writer, and I'm glad she relaly enjoys writing these books
secretivexhero 19th-Jul-2014 06:40 pm (UTC)
my friend is writing a book rn and idk how she does that. you have to have an alternate universe in your head to do that
mario_06 19th-Jul-2014 08:04 pm (UTC)
I started one myself.

I think it helps if you have a really good imagination. I am always day dreaming and making up stories in my head since I was a kid and I am kind of immature in the sense that I am still living in my head lol. And honesty i come up for ideas for my book when falling asleep or taking a shower. Not really when I am sitting at my keyboard.

that said idk if my book is any good lol but most people who write them -that I know of- seem to have a similar personality as me.
manita_bestija 19th-Jul-2014 08:31 pm (UTC)
that was me as a kid, and me as an adult now :D but I have zero writing talent. it all sounds great in my head but when I write it down it's so embarrassingly bad I get discouraged.
steph313 20th-Jul-2014 01:28 am (UTC)
This is me to a tee. I just wish I would have realized to put pen to paper earlier in my life, because I would have focused on my actual technical skills a lot more. As a kid, I always just thought I was odd because I would get lost in my made up universes while I was falling asleep or had any alone time. To this day, I need to find down time when I can just go walk or something so that I can escape. It's so cathartic.
secretivexhero 20th-Jul-2014 02:01 am (UTC)
yeah she's like that. she always comes up with creative ideas out of nowhere, it comes naturally to her. she's good with words.

i'm sure it is. if you've finished it, try sending it off to people?
masturbasian 19th-Jul-2014 06:43 pm (UTC)
good, i really liked the last one!

i think it's hilar that the go-to fancast for strike is tom hardy. people really do not want to acknowledge physical character descriptions lmao
la_petite_singe 19th-Jul-2014 06:46 pm (UTC)
Wait, what?! That's who people are picking?! Tom is shorter and slimmer and younger and less curly-haired and way better looking that Cormoran. Like, they're both Englishmen; that's the only definite similarity. I just...
dracopet 19th-Jul-2014 06:52 pm (UTC)
Idk at least Hardy can get massive
kiwibutter 19th-Jul-2014 07:00 pm (UTC)
Fancasts are always so awful. Girls on Tumblr be like "Benedict Cumberbatch for Arianne Martell!"
saybonjour 19th-Jul-2014 07:17 pm (UTC)
lmao that is so embarrassing

he would be good in a detective role though
masterofmystery 19th-Jul-2014 07:19 pm (UTC)
i pictured a slightly fatter dominic west
garamonder 19th-Jul-2014 07:19 pm (UTC)
I think of Dominic West
pourtant 19th-Jul-2014 07:35 pm (UTC)
lol, tom hardy. i can't think of anyone for cormoran but in my head robin looks like romola garai.
pastelstar 19th-Jul-2014 07:53 pm (UTC)
WHAT.

Tom is the complete opposite of pubey haired giant
mystickeeper 19th-Jul-2014 06:44 pm (UTC)
YASSSSS, I fucking love these books. Glad to hear it.
mario_06 19th-Jul-2014 08:06 pm (UTC)
me too <3
sarafina126 19th-Jul-2014 06:44 pm (UTC)
I completely agree with the OP that Cuckoo's mystery was better but every slight problem I had with the first one was solved in the sequel, most specifically Robin was not going back and forth and knew the whole time she wanted to stick with the detective job. Mathew made it difficult but her leaving was not a question this time so that was nice. Knowing JKR Charlotte is going to end up being quite important (part  of a future case?) but I'm dreading it tbh.

Edited at 2014-07-19 06:47 pm (UTC)
mario_06 19th-Jul-2014 08:08 pm (UTC)
Mathew is so annoying at times

mario_06 19th-Jul-2014 08:08 pm (UTC)
Mathew is so annoying at times

bloody_morgan 19th-Jul-2014 09:38 pm (UTC)
Hmmm, I hope she doesn't go the ~Jago Ross is getting murdered and Charlotte is the police's suspect~ or ~ Jago Ross is a murder suspect and Strike gets involved, proving his innocence while having to deal with his own feelings for Charlotte~ route.
xdecadentx 20th-Jul-2014 04:02 pm (UTC)
I can see that happening tbh.

It'll be like one case where he's trying to prove it's not her and it turns out it is but his ~feelings have blinded it a bit or something.

That said I never accurately guess in these books, so I might be thinking too little of her.
xdecadentx 20th-Jul-2014 04:01 pm (UTC)
Charlotte is totally going to end up being crucial to something.
littlehayzay 19th-Jul-2014 06:48 pm (UTC)
I will be at Universal Studios in 2 weeks yassssss
crimsonelegance 20th-Jul-2014 03:48 am (UTC)
Me too! I'm going with one of my best friends. She's moving to HI and visiting me prior to heading out there. :)

It's going to be weird to do a theme park without my kids, but my husband told me to go and have fun. :D You do the same! :)

littlehayzay 20th-Jul-2014 04:24 am (UTC)
I cannot wait. It's going to be so hot and humid, but I'll deal. I'm wondering if there will be any nutters in cloaks, regardless of the temperatures though. My group is really random/odd as well - me, my 65 year old aunt and her 12 year old godson. She had been planning this trip for ages b/c he's never been outside of New England, I guess? I mentioned that I was disappointed I didn't get to go when I was in Florida last year and she invited me to come. The only thing I'm paying for is my flights, she's taken care of the hotel & the tickets, even though I've tried to argue with her, PLUS I had no idea how big a Harry Potter fan she is! It will be the first time we've spent any real amount of time together since I was a kid, too. She sent me this adorable/hilarious e-mail "Here are the details about the hotel, but MOST importantly, have you been on Pottermore? Which house are you in? I'm in Hufflepuff, so my school colours are yellow and black. I need to get some yellow & black to wear so I'm dressed properly to go to Hogwarts. Also, I've been doing some research and they have these special wands that you can buy to make magic happen in Diagon Alley. My wand on Pottermore was chestnut and unicorn hair, but there's nothing like a real Ollivander's wand!" I was dying. I'm so happy she's such a geek, as well.
scousing 19th-Jul-2014 06:51 pm (UTC)
i just got the cuckoo's calling i can't wait to start it omg
mario_06 19th-Jul-2014 11:05 pm (UTC)
enjoy bb!
unchoco 20th-Jul-2014 04:13 am (UTC)
Enjoy it! It's such an addicting book.
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