Thursday, August 23, 2007

What Is J.K.Rowling Working On Next?

Now that the saga of the boy wizard is truly over, here is an interesting snippet on what to expect from J.k.Rowling, the wildly successful author of the Harry Potter series :

The Straits Times 21 Aug 2007
London - Pen and notebook in hand in Edinburgh cafes, Harry Potter author J.K.Rowling has been seen working on her latest work : a crime novel, the Sunday Times reported.

Ian Rankin, a fellow author and neighbour of Rowling, was quoted as telling a reporter at an Edinburgh literary festival : "My wife spotted her writing her Edinburgh criminal detective novel." Famous for his own police novels set in the Scottish city, he said he had not discussed the project with Rowling personally and declined to reveal how he had learnt about her plans. "It is great that she has not abandoned writing or Edinburgh cafes," he said.

When Rowling created her boy wizard story, she was a struggling single mother who wrote in cafes to save on the heating bill at home. Now Britain's richest woman, worth US$1 billion, according to Forbes magazine, her seven Potter books haven sold more than 335 million copies worldwide.

Writing a criminal novel? Let's wait and see if Rowling's next piece of work will be as engrossing and successful as her Potter series. In the mean time, for die-hard fans of J.K.Rowling and Harry Potter, here are some interesting reads :

Conversations With J.K.Rowling by Lindsey Fraser.
In an easy-to-read Q&A format, the author of the Harry Potter books reveals what it was like growing up, school days, her family life as well as her career as a writer. This is the first and only true telling of Ms. Rowling's history from her birth in Chipping Sodbury near Bristol, England, to the stories about her favorite and least favorite teachers in school to the funny misunderstanding in her first fan letter. Conversations With J.K.Rowling available here.

Fact, Fiction and Folklore in Harry Potter's World by George Beahm.
For fans who want to know more about the myths, folklores, legends, and Muggle history embedded in the Harry Potter novels, this book is a treasure trove of fun and tantalizing trivia covering the fabulous beasts, creatures, wizards, magical artifacts and magical places in the Harry Potter world. This fascinating book belongs on the shelf of every Muggle who wants to know about Rowling's inspiration for the wildly successful series. Fact, Fiction and Folklore in Harry Potter's World available here.

Hidden Myths in Harry Potter by David Colbert.
An illustrated map and guide book to the hidden legends behind the Harry Potter series. Together with a beautifully illustrated poster-sized map, it takes readers on a worldwide treasure hunt to uncover those hidden clues and the accompanying Book of Secrets reveals even more incredible facts behind the magical places and people. Hidden Myths available here.

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