Using magic typically reserved for, oh, I don’t know, one of the characters is the Harry Potter series, author J.K. Rowling admitted on Sunday that she had recently published a detective novel under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.
The incredible scoop was made by a writer for The Sunday Times of London (via The New York Times) after he read Galbraith’s critically acclaimed The Cuckoo’s Calling and decided it was way too good have been written by a ex-British Army officer, let alone a new writer. The writer posted his suspicions on Twitter, prompting an anonymous response from someone who was all like, “Follow the wands.”
A real-life detective story followed, all of which ended very quickly with Rowling saying, “Yeah, that happened.”
Actually, she said this:
I had hoped to keep this secret a little longer, because being Robert Galbraith has been such a liberating experience. It has been wonderful to publish without hype or expectation, and pure pleasure to get feedback under a different name.
Naturally, the book, which had only sold 1,500 copies in Britain since its release in April, has since shot to the top of basically every bestsellers list out there. As an added bonus: Rowling now has enough material for a sequel to The Cuckoo’s Calling, so everybody wins.