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It’s been a busy couple of months for The Casual Vacancy author J.K. Rowling. Her final event (as far as we know) to promote her new book was held yesterday at the Lennoxlove Book Festival in her home town of Edinburgh.

In the Q&A, The Scotsman reports that Rowling credited her husband approving of the story idea before she started it. “It is the mark of either how much my husband loves me or how right I was to marry that man, but he was the only person who, when I told him my idea, said: ‘Yes, that sounds good.’”

She went on to reveal that her favorite character to write in the book was Fats Wall. When asked how she responds to criticism of the book Rowling replied, “But it’s not like Hogwarts,” she insisted. “It’s not a great battle between good and evil. There’s no easy answers, no 
solutions, just so many shades 
of grey.”

Was that a Fifty Shades of Grey reference? Anyway, check out photos of Rowling at the event below. The Casual Vacancy is currently available worldwide.

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The latest sales numbers indicate that The Casual Vacancy sold over one million new books, but didn’t stay too long at the top of several best seller lists.

With publicity for J.K. Rowling’s new book out of the way, hopefully now it’s time to move on to her next project! In interviews she’s stated the next book she’ll likely release is one for children around ages six and seven.

Credit to Alex Hewitt/Writer Pictures for the images featured in this post.

  • antonia31

    “JK Rowling rocks a ponytail”

    ^ A+ for Andrew!! :)

    • http://www.hypable.com/ Andrew Sims

      Look, I know fashion when I see it.

  • Gary65

    LOL a FSoG reference? There isn’t 1 shade of grey in any of the characters of those “books”. They’re all just 1 shade of brown.

  • Tom

    I’ve seriously had enough of the Fifty Shades mentions on here.

    • http://www.hypable.com/ Andrew Sims

      Sorry but if Rowling uses “shades of grey,” she’s asking for it.

  • http://twitter.com/taylie27 Taylore Thompson

    Lol I was there she started to say shades of grey, stopped herself and told everyone she only meant it as in the opposite of seeing the world in black and white, not that she was mentioning the book series
    But I loved seeing her there! It was such a funny night, and a very informal setting and the signed book and 3 second conversation with her made the night better!

    • PotterFan1029


    • http://twitter.com/Snapescape Laura Cain

      I was there too! What did you tell her? And how perfect was it that she was signing in the Great Hall? :D

      • http://twitter.com/taylie27 Taylore Thompson

        it was so perfect she was signing in a great hall! I told her Thank you and that’s she’s such an inspiration and then she told me I was sweet and then I got pushed out of the way lol

  • PotterFan1029

    Go, Jo! I am not finished with The Casual Vacancy yet, (I’m on page 375) but so far I really, really like it!

  • http://twitter.com/Snapescape Laura Cain


  • http://twitter.com/latestversions latestversions

    My god Andrew. The J K Rowling lovin’ is getting to be creepy now.

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