Harry Potter author, J.K. Rowling, is in a lot of heat for writing a new book called, “A Cuckoo’s Calling” under the pseudonym, Robert Galbraith. Rowling was exposed for this by somebody on twitter, and it turns out that one of her law partners was behind the revelation.
More on the story, here.
You see people, this is nothing new with authors in the world of books. Many authors in the past have used pseudonyms (or better known as “pen names”). The most well-known author who have used a “pen name” is Stephen King — which he released a number of books under the name of Richard Bachman. Anne Rice did it too. Stan Lee, the Marvel icon. Even C.S. Lewis, Isaac Asimov and Washington Irving has had pen names.
Why do these authors release books anonymously? Well, they all have different reasons.
Some feel that their work is garbage, and they try to release their work under a different name to try to avoid public humility and embarrassment. They also do it to protect their privacy and all that stuff. Maybe they like their work and was worried it wouldn’t sell well. Too many different reasons. They all have their own feelings on it.
They try to write anonymously the best they can but sure enough, there are going to be people who will find out who they really are? How do they find out? People could tell by their writing styles, I bet.
Stephen King tried to hide with Richard Bachman but up until the book, “Thinner” — that’s when people started to find out who Bachman really was. King has 7 books under the Bachman name.
On top of that, I can’t blame Rowling for going under a different name after all the criticism she got for her non-Harry Potter novel, “The Casual Vacancy” (which I haven’t read yet). She wants to be done with Harry Potter and move on with other stories. She can’t spend her entire life writing Harry Potter. She needs to expand her creativity and try other things, ya know? It’s gotta be hard for her. I love Harry Potter too. Love the movies and the books but I understand how she wants to move on. I understand those Harry Potter fanatics can be a little crazy. I like Harry Potter but I’m not that obsessed with the franchise.