J.K. Rowling Says She’s Proud of ‘Casual Vacancy’

The “Harry Potter” author expects criticism of her first adult novel

by Lesley Kennedy • MORE.com Reporter

The countdown is on for Thursday’s release of The Casual Vacancy, J.K. Rowling’s much-anticipated first adult novel, and the Harry Potter author is feeling pretty calm about it.

“Of course this might change tomorrow, but I thought I would feel more nervous because it's been five years—and this is a very different kind of book—but actually I feel quite excited,” Rowling tells USA Today. “I don’t think everyone will like the book. But I’m proud of this book. I like this book. It is what it’s meant to be. As an author, you really can’t say more than that. I don’t mean this arrogantly, but if people don’t like it, well, that’s how it should be, isn’t it? That’s art. It's all subjective. And I can live with that.”

We suppose it’s easier to shrug off criticism when you’ve already sold 450 million copies (and that’s not counting e-books). Rowling, 47, tells the newspaper that while the “sheer insanity” of Potter popularity was often fun, she’s happy to switch gears.

“I haven’t published this with any expectation,” she tells USA Today. “I’ve published it because it’s what I really wanted to write. My writing path isn’t dependent on what people expect or say of the work. I will just keep plowing my furrow.”

Think her furrow is lined in gold?

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First Published Tue, 2012-09-25 21:59

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