JK Rowling and new publisher Little, Brown have announced that Rowling has completed work on a previously-unannounced adult novel independent from her wildly successful Harry Potter universe! The book will mark the first time that Rowling has returned to “pen and paper” since the release of the final Harry Potter novel in 2007 and the release of The Tales of Beedle the Bard in 2008.
True to her infamous announcing nature, Rowling has announced little about the upcoming project other than the publisher, the targeted demographic (adults), and a promise to release more information in the future. Her official announcement stated:
“Although I’ve enjoyed writing it every bit as much, my next book will be very different to the Harry Potter series, which has been published so brilliantly by Bloomsbury and my other publishers around the world. The freedom to explore new territory is a gift that Harry’s success has brought me, and with that new territory it seemed a logical progression to have a new publisher. I am delighted to have a second publishing home in Little, Brown, and a publishing team that will be a great partner in this new phase of my writing life.”
Curiously, in a statement to the Associated Press, Rowling’s agent Neil Blair (while discussing the financial aspects of the book deal) hammered home the idea that the book is completely different from anything Rowling has done in the past:
“As her new book is for a different audience, and marks a new literary direction for her, it made sense to separate the two and for her new book to be launched by a different publisher.”
Does this seem to indicate that the book will not be in the realm of fantasy we’ve come to expect from Rowling and her tales? What do YOU think Rowling will do with her newest story? And ultimately, are you excited or apprehensive? Let us know in the comments!