Jul 15, 2013
By Scott Walker
It was a mystery novel by a novice author that debuted to great acclaim.
But the best plot twist came when the author’s true identity was revealed. London’s Sunday Times became suspicious that an unknown, first-time novelist named “Robert Galbraith” could have come out of nowhere to write as finely-crafted a novel as Cuckoo’s Calling.
So it began to do some digging. When the Times got too close for comfort, the author revealed her true identity: J.K. Rowling.
The creator of the Harry Potter series says she wanted to write something under a pseudonym to enjoy the process of writing away from the pressure of being J.K. Rowling. Ironically, in 2001, she told the BBC she’d enjoy writing anonymously, but felt journalists would ferret out the truth.
As soon as the news broke, the book shot right to the top of the Amazon sales chart.
Rowling says “Robert Galbraith” will continue to write mystery novels. But she doubts he’ll be making any public appearances.