J.K. Rowling Pseudonym Story Takes Sour Turn
Rowling's not amused, she wanted to be unknown for longer!
The news that J.K. Rowling had written a book that sold in its hundreds seemed like a nice quaint story; multi-millionaire author uses a pseudonym to pen a book without pressure – it’s a nice, light-hearted tale. Kind of like the first Harry Potter book.
But now, it appears as though Rowling isn’t best pleased with the law firm that revealed her real identity and caused her book to skyrocket in the sales charts. Pesky kids! Rowling said that “only a tiny number of people knew my pseudonym and it has not been pleasant to wonder for days how a woman whom I had never heard of prior to Sunday night could have found out something that many of my oldest friends did not know.”
“To say that I am disappointed is an understatement,” she added. “I had assumed that I could expect total confidentiality from Russells, a reputable professional firm, and I feel very angry that my trust turned out to be misplaced.” Russells Solicitors said it apologised "unreservedly". The company said it was revealed "during a private conversation" adding "the disclosure was made in confidence to someone he trusted implicitly".
Russells continued: "Whilst accepting [Gossage's] own culpability, the disclosure was made in confidence to someone he trusted implicitly. On becoming aware of the circumstances, we immediately notified JK Rowling's agent." Robert Galbraith’s - aka Rowling – book, The Cuckoo's Calling, was doing okay; reasonable reviews were matched by reasonable sales. As soon as the Harry Potter author’s name was revealed, though, it flew to the top of Amazon’s charts.
Rowling wanted to stay in disguise.