Harry Potter author JK Rowling has revealed plans to pen many more crime thrillers.
The 48-year-old novelist, who has written two whodunnits under the pen name Robert Galbraith, insists she won't be giving up on the crime genre in the near future.
Speaking at the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, Rowling revealed that she hoped to write “more than” seven books about the detective.
She said: “It’s pretty open ended. I really love writing, so I don’t know that I’ve got an end point in mind.
“One of the things I love about this genre is unlike Harry Potter, where there was a through line, where there was an overarching story, a beginning and end, you are talking about discreet stories. So while a detective lives, you can keep giving him cases.”
When asked why she chose to use a pseudonym for her latest series, she added: “I wanted to prove to myself that I could get a book published on the merits of the book.
“A friend of mine said, ’Why did you need validation?’, and I think possibly you need to be a writer to understand why.
“I had known for a long time that I had this character in my mind, and that I wanted to write a detective series and part of me hoped that I might be able to keep it long enough, kept the story going long enough to establish a series.
“I just wanted something, I suppose, just for me.”