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J.K. Rowling Reveals Reason Behind Secret Pen Name!

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jk rowling reveals reason behind secret pen name robert galbraithe

J.K. Rowling put a real Confundus charm on us!

After making a beloved name for herself as an author by writing the already classic Harry Potter series, she chose to give that name up and write under a pseudonym!

Why would she want to hide her lumos under a bushel like that? It was all about the work being judged on its own. She says:

"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. It was a fantastic experience and I only wish it could have gone on a little longer."

And she would have gotten away with it too, if it weren't for you darn lawyers! Srsly, what bad secret-keepers!

Gurl says taking off the invisibility cloak was def NOT part of the plan! She says:

"If anyone had seen the labyrinthine plans I laid to conceal my identity (or indeed my expression when I realised that the game was up!) they would realise how little I wanted to be discovered."

Fair enough! But why this particular nom de plume? Surely there are easier names to market than Robert Galbraith! She says:

"I chose Robert because it is one of my favourite men’s names, because Robert F. Kennedy is my hero and because, mercifully, I hadn’t used it for any of the characters in the Potter series or The Casual Vacancy.

Galbraith came about for a slightly odd reason. When I was a child, I really wanted to be called ‘Ella Galbraith,' and I’ve no idea why."

Hmm! Maybe she'll solve that mystery in her next book! But will we know it's her?

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2 comments to “J.K. Rowling Reveals Reason Behind Secret Pen Name!”



  1. 1

    Writing under a pen name is NOTHING new! Many "popular" authors do it when they are trying out new areas or themes of writing. She was just unlucky that her pubisher had a big mouth and breached confidentiality. Ann Rice did it, Stephen King did, just to name a few "modern" era authors.



  2. 2

    It makes sense, kinda shitty for them expoosing her. She just wanted to see if she would be able to write a good book that did well without her original name attached