To finish up a week full of interviews and appearances, J.K. Rowling was interviewed by host Jian Ghomeshi on the Canadian radio show Q to talk about her new novel for adults.
During the interview, Rowling was asked if it was a relief to publish the novel, to which she responded, “It was such a relief. It felt very liberating to finally have it publish and to be able to people talk about it… Yeah, I would say my over righting feeling was a sense of relief.”
The author again talked about not feeling the need to publish the novel. “For the first couple of years in the writing of The Casual Vacancy, I kept telling myself you don’t have to publish this…” Rowling elaborated, saying that it was “nice” to think that no one knew what she was doing, and that there was no rush to publish the novel.
Rowling also discussed about accepting the fact that she would never write anything as successful as Harry Potter. She explained that even as early as 2000 she knew that she would never do another Harry Potter because “lightning doesn’t strike twice.” She remarked that it would be wrong for her to try to “duplicate” Harry Potter, or even try to amount to the same success.
Interestingly, Rowling revealed her thoughts on failing, “I honestly do [feel free to fail]… I’m 47 years old… There are worst things in life than writing a book people don’t like.”
In concluding the interview, the two touched on the private author’s relationship with the media. Rowling responded to critics’ claims that she is reclusive saying, “It is absolutely false. I am not remotely reclusive.”
Listen to the whole interesting interview right here.