In anticipation of this week’s release of her new book, The Casual Vacancy, J.K. Rowling has started making the rounds with press from across the globe. In addition to numerous forthcoming television interviews, including ones with Good Morning America, Nightline, and The Daily Show, she has also done interviews with The New Yorker and The Guardian.
In these two interviews we get lots of interesting tidbits about her new book (warning: both articles are full of spoilers) and a great insight into how Rowling has approached publishing her first adult novel. She sounds pretty down to earth and seems prepared for whatever reaction her first post-Potter foray will incite amongst the critics. In The Guardian, she confessed to considering the use of a pseudonym, but decided against it.
I just needed to write this book. I like it a lot, I’m proud of it, and that counts for me…. But in some ways I think it’s braver to do it like this. And, to an extent, you know what? The worst that can happen is that everyone says, ‘Well, that was dreadful, she should have stuck to writing for kids’ and I can take that. So, yeah, I’ll put it out there, and if everyone says, ‘Well, that’s shockingly bad – back to wizards with you’, then obviously I won’t be throwing a party. But I will live. I will live.
The Casual Vacancy comes out this Thursday. Excited? Anxious? Wishing you had a time-turner so that it could be Thursday already? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!
And if you haven’t already, you can still order the book from Amazon and receive it on the release date.