My publicist has read them all, out loud, we should add and, in between secretly wishing she was Hermione, enjoyed all 250 thousand pages. Speaking of wanting to be someone else, I’m sure you heard the latest. J.K., which stands for Joanne and made-up-middle-Initial, recently published “The Cuckoo’s Calling,” a suspenseful detective novel under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.
Her reasoning? She wanted to start a new series free of the Harry Potter hype and she thought readers would take the book more seriously if they thought it was written by a man, especially as her protagonist is male.
The book was going to be marketed to preteen boys so the publishers did not want a female author to deter sales. In real life, she uses the name “Jo,” to which we are partial. 🙂
Jo was just “outed,” so to speak, supposedly by a few linguists poking around with software that matches writing styles to authors, sort of like a literary fingerprint. But recent news declares a partner in the law firm she uses leaked the pseudonym to a friend who tweeted it. Who can you trust?
The birthday girl owned up to the nom de plume, and sales of “The Cuckoo’s Calling” bolted to the top of the NY Times Bestseller list, and Hollywood is on the phone. That is some powerful branding. Jo is generously donating her new legal reward and global net royalties for a spell to The Soldier’s Charity, a British organization that assists former service people and their families.
Jo’s story is pretty well known, but here are a few bullets:
Jo attended St. Michael’s Primary School, which was founded by abolitionist William Wilberforce. Mr. Wilberforce was a British politician who led the movement to abolish slavery, and the complete abolition of slavery from Britain. Abolitionists in the United States were heavily influenced by Mr. Wilberforce.
Despite living in poverty following the divorce of her first husband, Jo cranked out the best-selling book series in world history.
Jo does not have a middle name, nor initial, so the “K” is made up.
Jo was named the most influential woman in Britain
Jo is a renowned philanthropist, helping scores of charitable organizations
Since her marriage to Neil Murray in 2001, Jo goes by Jo Murray for personal correspondence