JK Rowling’s new book is about a YouTube cartoonist who gets doxxed by online trolls


Many followers of ‘Harry Potter’ author JK Rowling point out that his latest book seems to bear some similarities to his own life, as the plot revolves around an artist doxxed online.

“The Ink Black Heart,” written under Rowling’s pseudonym Robert Galbraith, follows Edie Ledwell, the creator of a popular YouTube cartoon who is “persecuted by a mysterious online figure,” according to Amazon’s description of the book. The novel, which was released on Tuesday, is the sixth book in his “Cormoran Strike” thriller series.

NBC News has not reviewed a copy of the book.

According to Rolling Stone, character Edie Ledwell “is seeing internet trolls and her own fandom turn against her after the cartoon was criticized for being racist and ableist, as well as transphobic for a bit about a hermaphrodite worm.”

Online, some have suggested that life seems to mimic art in Rowling’s latest book.

“From what I’ve seen on Twitter regarding JK Rowling’s new book, someone really shouldn’t have taken ‘write what you know’ half as seriously as she apparently did,” a user wrote.

Rowling first made headlines in 2019 when she publicly supported Maya Forstater, a British tax expert who was fired for tweets deemed anti-trans. Over the years, Rowling has doubled down on her opinions in several blog posts and tweets, which many critics have called transphobic.

A representative for Rowling declined a request for comment on Tuesday and referred NBC News to the Q&A section of the book’s website.

A question in the Q&A asks, “How much of the novel is drawn from your own experience?” Rowling states that the book “isn’t about my experience of – as a creator. My experience – if I was writing about my experience as a creator, it would look very different.”

“I’ve never created a book – and this book is certainly not created from my own experience – you know, for the purpose of talking about my own life,” she said. “That doesn’t mean, of course, that your own life experience isn’t in the book.”

However, because she had been planning “this book for so long”, she said, “some of the things that happen in this book have happened to me since.”

“And so, I would like to be very clear that I didn’t write this book to respond to everything that happened to me,” she said. “Although I have to say when it happened to me, those who had already read the book in manuscript were – are you clairvoyant? I wasn’t clairvoyant, I just – yeah, that was just one of those weird twists and turns. Sometimes life imitates art more than you’d like.”

Jo Yurcaba contributed.


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