Author J.K. Rowling has confirmed that she is working on her first children’s book since Harry Potter. This is a stark departure from the novels she has written in the last five years that have primarily been aimed at adults.
“I have an idea for a children’s book, which I really love – I’ve been writing part of a children’s book so I’m going to finish that – and I have ideas for other adult books.” Speaking about her Cormoran Strike series of novels, which she penned under the name Robert Galbraith, Rowling added: “What’s nice about the Strike books is I don’t have an end point. I’m not as prescriptive as with the Potter books.”
“I could even probably go to 10, even beyond, I don’t know, depending on the number of plots. What will ultimately limit it is the relationship between Striker and Robin (Ellacott, his investigator partner), and that’s the through-line. I think at the point where I don’t enjoy writing about them any more, that will probably be the point when Robert stops writing this series but I certainly am nowhere near that yet.”
Rowling has not published a book under her name since The Casual Vacancy in 2012, which was highly anticipated as her first novel for adults and is now being adapted as a BBC miniseries. She has published three books as Robert Galbraith in the Cormoran Strike series, with the latest released in October.