On the back of my publishing contract with Random House and film deal with Columbia Pictures, I’m happy to announce that I’ll be taking a brief break from the Rittenhouse books to collaborate with the world’s most significant living author. Mutt and Stray have caught the eye of none other than J.K. Rowling.
Rowling, who needs no introduction, sought an outlet for new young adult fiction ideas after the publication of her first adult novel, The Casual Vacancy, in 2012. Upon discovering Mutt, Rowling contacted me about potentially collaborating on a one-off novel.
The yet-unnamed project deals with young magic-users, but it should be quite different than either Rittenhouse or Harry Potter: set in the 1950’s in Alabama, it addresses themes religion and prejudice in the 20th century American South.
“I’m quite excited to work with Evan,” Rowling said. “The Rittenhouse Saga has renewed my love for young adult literature. I’m presently reading Stray with David [Rowling Murray, her son].”
I’ll be traveling to Edinburgh this summer for a three-month stay to begin writing the book.