JK Rowling became one of the best known authors ever thanks to the huge global success of the Harry Potter books and films. JK has since taken a step away from children’s books to write something a bit more grown up but has now admitted that she is set to return to writing for children.
Rowling explained at the Cheltenham Literature Festival on Saturday, “As the writer of Harry Potter, I’m always nervous of committing myself to another children’s book, but yes, the next thing I write will be for children. I have a lot of things on my laptop currently, including a couple of things for children - for a slightly younger age group than Harry Potter was aimed at - which are nearly done and will, I think, be the next thing I publish. I have run them by my children and they seem to like them which is always a good sign.”
She added, “I also have some ideas for another book for adults but it isn’t too far on [in development].” JK also touched on her battle with depression, stating that he tendencies to go a bit darker with some of her storylines really do affect her in her everyday life.
Rowling said, “I do have a tendency to walk on the dark side sometimes. I have suffered from depression, I know how that feels, I have an innate inclination that way. Writing does help with that [depression].”
If the new children’s book is half as successful as the Harry Potter series then we could have another global phenomenon on our hands.