December 21, 2016


J.K. Rowling Is Writing Two New Novels as We Speak

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Ray Tang/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Super-author J.K. Rowling paused her writing sesh on Wednesday (begun at 5:55 a.m.) to offer Twitter some details about what she's working on, aside from the continuing in-progress five-film saga that is Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The short answer: two books! 

"I'm always working on a novel. It's my thing," the author told a fan expressing all-caps astonishment that her hero was back on the book grind after making her screenwriting debut with Fantastic Beasts in November. And neither is a Newt Scamander novel, of which she says there will be zero.

Then, this:

Rowling hasn't published a novel under her own name since September 2012's The Casual Vacancy. She followed it with three mysteries under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. Her lead detective, Cormoran Strike, starred in three annual novels from 2013-'15: The Cuckoo's Calling, The Silkworm and Career of Evil. Rowling has said she wants to do seven Strike novels; also, a BBC adaptation is in the works. (The Casual Vacancy was also adapted, as a 2015 miniseries from the BBC and HBO.)

Listen to the Back of the Class podcast talk about this year's Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the 1:35 mark in the episode below: