Private: Boy with the thorn in his side

Dan Rhodes, author of Timoleon Vieta Come Home, is interviewed at 3AM Magazine. Among other things, he talks about his decision to stop writing and the disdain he evidently has for Salman Rushdie’s work:

I was deeply unhappy in the biz. I couldn’t see myself writing any more — for a start I was having enough difficulty writing my third book, and couldn’t even think about ever writing a fourth. I just wanted to get away from certain situations, and quitting the biz seemed like the only option. It wasn’t intended as a publicity stunt, although it seems to have worked as one in a roundabout kind of way. I don’t think Granta knew I had dramatically announced my retirement. If they had I don’t think I’d have been on the list — they seem concerned with potential future illustriousness, which is curious. It’s one thing to judge a writer by stuff they’ve written, but to judge them on stuff they’re going to write is lunacy. And anyway, I would hate to end up like some of the writers on previous lists — I would rather die than turn into Salman Rushdie or Maggie Gee.

Also discussed: Rhodes’ love for The Smiths, Chekhov, folk tales and sentimentality.