J.K. Rowling Will Publish New Novel Under Pseudonym This Summer

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After the success of her first adult-themed book under a different name, J.K. Rowling has decided to publish a new book under her pseudonym. Rowling released her first novel under the name Robert Gailbraith in 2013, and will be publishing its sequel later this year.

J.K. Rowling's last book, The Cuckoo's Calling, is a murder mystery, and the upcoming The Silkworm, will follow the same character in their adventures as a private investigator.

The author of the new book will be listed as Robert Gailbraith, and while her alter-ego was kept a secret from most people, it was finally revealed to the public in July of last year.

She did not want anyone to know, and was crushed when she found out about what happened. In a statement she made at the time, the author said "A tiny number of people knew my pseudonym, and it has not been pleasant to wonder for days how a woman whom I had never heard of prior to Sunday night could have found out something that many of my oldest friends did not know. To say that I am disappointed is an understatement."

However, the book went mostly unnoticed until it was revealed that Robert Gailbraith was in fact J.K. Rowling, which could have been a good thing for her in the long run. The novel became a bestseller instantly when fans learned that Rowling had written it, and it is likely that her next book will be able to do the same immediately.

J.K. Rowling's follow up to The Cuckoo's Calling will be her second book published under the new name. In addition to Harry Potter, she also wrote The Casual Vacancy, which was also a bestseller. Rowling is also working on a play that will serve as a prequel to the events that took place during the Harry Potter books.

The plot will center on novelist Owen Quine, who goes missing, and his wife calls a detective. Detective Cormoran Strike discovers that her husband has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen portraits of almost everyone he knows. Quine is then discovered dead, and the tale turns into a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer.

J.K. Rowling's next novel, The Silkworm, is set to be released in June. It will be published on June 19th in Britain, and will make it to the United States on June 24th.

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