08/10/2012 07:39 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

JK Rowling: My Next Book Will Be For Children

JK Rowling tells festival goers that her next book will be for children PA

JK Rowling's latest novel, The Casual Vacancy, was met with mixed reviews in the press - something that could perhaps have made the Harry Potter author think about her long-term writing strategy, as she reveals her next work will again be a children's book.

Speaking at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, the author said that she had a few ideas on the boil for children's stories, and that she had run them past her own kids.

"As the writer of Harry Potter, I'm always nervous of committing myself to another children's book, but yes, the next thing I write will be for children," she said.

"I have a lot of things on my laptop currently, including a couple of things for children - for a slightly younger age group than Harry Potter was aimed at - which are nearly done and will, I think, be the next thing I publish."

The Telegraph report the much-loved writer as admitting she had 'run them by my children' and that it was 'always a good sign' that they seemed to like them.

She also said that she had some ideas for more adult fiction in the 'early stages' of planning.

Despite being branded 'clunkily over descriptive' and 'dull', The Casual Vacancy raced to the top of the best-seller lists, with 2.6 million copies on pre-order.

Have you read The Casual Vacancy?

Do you think JK should stick to kids' books, or did you welcome her foray into adult fiction?