'Harry Potter' author JK Rowling has revealed she could write more books in the boy wizard series.
In an interview recorded in Scotland the multi-millionaire told chat show star Oprah Winfrey the characters were still in her head and she “could definitely” write several new books about them.
She said: “I’m not going to say I won’t.”
The interview also covered the writer’s fame and family life.
Asked how many times she was turned down before her first work was published, she said: “My agent knows better than I do. I don’t know but, it was a lot. A lot of people didn’t want it. A lot of people just sent it back, virtually by return of post. It was like boomerang.”
When asked why she kept trying, Rowling said: “I did really believe in it. I just thought ’No, this is a good story’. For some reason, and I wasn’t very resilient at all at that time in my life, I was a wreck in a lot of ways. But for some reason I can even remember being quite pleased with it.
“I know it sounds masochistic but I was even quite pleased with the rejection letters.
“I just had faith in the story.”
She said she remembered one “very low point” when a publisher kept her work for six months but then said they did not want it.
She said that not all of her children had read the Harry Potter books.
She told Winfrey: “I read David the first one, he’s seven, and we’re going to start the second one quite soon. My dread is that they’ll go to someone else’s house and see the films there before I get to read them the books.”
“So I should maybe send a slip round to other parents saying, ’Please do not show Potter films, have not seen yet’,” she joked.
Clips of the interview were released on www.oprah.com.
When asked what it was like to read the first book to her son, Rowling said: “Bizarre, because I hadn’t read Philosopher’s Stone for years, for years. So you see nothing but the flaws and yet I finished the book and I thought, ’Wow, that’s quite a good story. I can see why people like that’.”
She laughed and then said: “It was incredible. It was just incredible and then he wanted me to make him a spell book. But what’s phenomenal is... I think children only semi-get it. In that although he knows I wrote the books. He was asking me to make him a spell book as any child would ask their mother to make them a spell book, you know.
“It wasn’t because I wrote the books that he wanted me to make the spell book. It was just because I was his mother.”
When asked whether he fully understood that she was the author of Harry Potter, she said: “He’s getting there.
“A helpful child walked up to him in the playground and said, ’Your mother’s JK Rowling, she’s famous’, so that was helpful,” she added.
The interview with JK Rowling was for the 'Oprah Winfrey Show'.