J.K. Rowling Talks “Robert Galbraith” Pseudonym

Posted Wednesday July 24, 2013 11:43 AM GMT

Given her worldwide fame and success, J.K. Rowling can’t go anywhere or write anything without massive fanfare, so she changed her name for her most recent book “The Cuckoo’s Calling.”

Under the “Robert Galbraith” moniker, the “Harry Potter” author hoped to be received solely on the basis of her work rather than her reputation.

Rowling blogged, "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. If anyone had seen the labyrinthine plans I laid to conceal my identity (or indeed my expression when I realized that the game was up!) they would realize how little I wanted to be discovered. I hoped to keep the secret as long as possible."

As for her choice in name, J.K. noted, "I chose Robert because it is one of my favorite 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."

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