Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling revealed why she chose to take on a different name for her latest book, The Cuckoo's Calling.
Rowling secretly penned The Cuckoo's Calling under the name Robert Galbraith, and after the name change was recently exposed, she addressed why she did it on the FAQ section of her Robert Galbraith website.
"I was yearning to go back to the beginning of a writing career in this new genre, to work without hype or expectation and to receive totally unvarnished feedback," Rowling wrote. "It was a fantastic experience and I only wish it could have gone on a little longer."
As for why she chose a man's name, the author admitted that she wanted to pick a persona that was the furthest away from her own. She revealed that her editor wasn't aware that she wrote The Cuckoo's Calling and commented that there was no way a woman could have written it.
Addressing the name Robert Galbraith in particular, Rowling said that Robert was one of her favorite men's names and added that Robert F. Kennedy was her hero. She also said that she chose the name "because, mercifully, I hadn't used it for any of the characters in the Potter series or The Casual Vacancy." She chose Galbraith as a last name because she was always fascinated by it as a child.
Rowling said that she was angered and disappointed by her name being leaked out.
"If anyone had seen the labyrinthine plans I laid to conceal my identity . . . they would realise how little I wanted to be discovered," she wrote. "I hoped to keep the secret as long as possible."
Enstars reported on July 19 that Rowling's identity was revealed through a series of private conversations that eventually led to a Twitter user leaking it to the Sunday Times.
Rowling said that she had just finished writing a sequel to The Cuckoo's Calling and was expecting it to be published in 2014.
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