“Harry Potter” author JK Rowling writing adult novel
NEW YORK – British author J.K. Rowling’s best selling “Harry Potter” fantasy book series inspired box-office film hits, made her a household name and turned her into a billionaire.
Now she is writing her first adult novel. But its title and plot are a closely-guarded secret.
“My next book will be very different to the Harry Potter series,” Rowling said in a statement. “The freedom to explore new territory is a gift that Harry’s success has brought me, and with that that new territory it seemed a logical progression to have a new publisher.”
Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series was published by Scholastic in the United States, Bloomsbury in Britain and other publishers around the world.
Her new book will be published in print and e-book form by Little, Brown and Company, which is part of the Hachette Book Group. Its title and publication date will be announced later this year.
This will also be Rowling’s first major novel since the last “Harry Potter” book was published in 2007 and its sequel in 2008, reported Reuters.
“I am delighted to have a second publishing home in Little, Brown, and a publishing team that will be a great partner in this new phase of my writing life,” Rowling said.
Nothing was released about the terms of the deal or whether Rowling planned other adult novels.
The 46-year-old writer published seven volumes in the “Harry Potter” saga between 1997 and 2007, which sold 450 million copies worldwide.
Eight films were made by Warner Bros. studios netting a world record $7.7 billion at global box-offices.
The books about a teenage wizard and his friends battling good and evil in a world of witchcraft also spawned a Pottermania of fan clubs and theme parks around the world.
Last year Rowling announced a plan to launch a website called pottermore.com, allowing fans to interact with the characters and storylines. This has been delayed but its launch will mark a “closure with Harry,” she said, and she has no plans to write another Potter novel.
“Harry Potter” won Rowling many adult fans. But can she achieve the same success with a novel pitched at adults. We’ll have to wait and see.