Open Page with Rodney Hall

Published in June 2011 no. 332

Why do you write?

I write for a reader, any reader – just one – who is willing to participate on a creative level in the experience of my book. I do not plan my novels, and I think if I ever did I would lose interest in finishing them. Nor do I ever alter the order in which the narrative unfolds. Otherwise, how would I keep track of what my reader knows and doesn’t know? I don’t care about plot. Instead, the aim is to transmogrify experience. What drives me is the music of the sentence. It’s all about a shared energy with the reader. That’s what fires me up.

Are you a vivid dreamer?

I dream a great deal, sometimes waking midway through and plunging back in. I am very much against any attempt to interfere or interpret dreams (i.e. strip them of the intangible by imposing logic on what is intrinsically non-logical).

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Published in June 2011 no. 332

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