I was very sad last week when I read that J.K. Rowling’s next book is being written for adults.
It made me think of a conversation that Caroline and I had recently about writing. She told me that she was pretty sure it was harder to write a children’s book than it would be to write a book for grown ups. She continued saying that people assume that children’s books would be easy to write because they are “you know, for kids.”
Sometimes, like this time, Caroline and I will have a conversation and I will forget that I am talking with an eight year old. When I read that Rowling had left the land of children’s literature for the more sophisticated world of adult novels, I wished that she had been with me and Caroline as we chatted. Perhaps if she had listened in, she would have remained where she belongs. She would have continued writing the books that are harder to write.
The children will miss you Ms. Rowling. I hope you’ll be back soon…