J.K. Rowling offered a couple of interesting updates about future books while promoting her latest release, Career of Evil.
Rowling conducted two interviews to promote the third book in her Cormoran Strike series, and naturally she was asked about other projects she may be writing in the near future.
Luckily for fans she had lots to share with BBC Radio 2!
First, concerning the Cormoran Strike series she writes under her Robert Galbraith pseudonym, Rowling revealed she could pen more than 10 books before Robin and Strike’s story is over. The length of the series will depend on the number of whodunit mysteries she can come up with as well as the relationship between the two lead characters.
“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,” she said. “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 Strike and Robin, and that’s the through-line.”
Rowling also revealed she is halfway through writing her first children’s book since the release of 2007’s Deathly Hallows. “I’m not going to give you an absolute date because things are busy and I’ve been writing a screenplay as well. But I will definitely write more novels under J.K. Rowling,” she said. “I’ve written part of a children’s book, which I really love. I will definitely finish that.”
Though she didn’t reveal what the children’s book will be about, we do know she was hoping to write a political fairytale for kiddies at one point.
The author also revealed she has plans for other adult books and admitted that her mid-life crisis has involved putting pen to paper. “I sometimes worry I’ll die before I’ve written them all out. That’s my midlife crisis – that I will leave this earth without having written them all.”
Naturally Rowling was also asked about the upcoming Harry Potter stage play The Cursed Child and why she didn’t release it as a book instead. “I’ve always said I’m not going to say never because there were things in my head about 19 years later. I had no desire to write it as a novel, for reasons that will be clear. This play never would have happened if this particular team hadn’t come to me. I didn’t go looking for this.”