J.K. Rowling is world-famous for writing the “Harry Potter” series, but it seems she has published a novel under a pen name as well. “Cuckoo’s Calling” was published under the name Robert Galbraith, who supposedly served as a member of the Special Investigative Branch of the Royal Military Police (something we’re certain J.K. Rowling has never done).
Galbraith is described on the publisher’s website as follows: “He left the military in 2003 and has been working since then in the civilian security industry," the publisher's website said. "The idea for (protagonist) Cormoran Strike grew directly out of his own experiences and those of his military friends who returned to the civilian world. Robert Galbraith' is a pseudonym.”
Unfortunately for J.K. Rowling, journalists at “The Sunday Times” became curious and delved into an investigation, as is their job. They quickly realized that J.K. Rowling was behind the critically lauded, but poorly selling novel. Once outed, J.K. Rowling told the press that she’d hoped her identity would remain a secret, as she enjoyed publishing a novel without all of the hype that came with the “Harry Potter” series.
J.K. Rowling intends to continue with the series under the Galbraith pen name. However, one good thing did occur with the revelation of the real author as “Cuckoo’s Calling” sales have skyrocketed overnight. Bookstores around the country sold out of their copies and sales on Amazon increased by over 500,000%.
A spokesperson for Little, Brown and Company said a reprint of the book is underway to meet customer demand.