5 Quotes from Ian Rankin

Ian Rankin is author of 21 Inspector Rebus novels along with 20 others. He’s also written plays, graphic novels, short stories and an opera(!).


"I still think most writers are just kids who refuse to grow up. We’re still playing imaginary games, with our imaginary friends." - Ian Rankin


"I don’t have many friends. It’s not because I’m a misanthrope. It’s because I’m reserved. I’m self-contained. I get all my adventures in my head when I’m writing my books." -Ian Rankin


"I used to think that whenever I heard that someone had taken ten years to write a novel, I’d think it must be a big, serious book. Now I think, ‘No — it took you one year to write, and nine years to sit around eating Kit Kats.’" -Ian Rankin


"I am, of course, a frustrated rock star – I’d much rather be a rock star than a writer. Or own a record shop. Still, it’s not a bad life, is it? You just sit at a computer and make stuff up." - Ian Rankin


"My first novel was turned down by half a dozen publishers. And even after having published five or six books, I wasn’t making enough money to live on, and was beginning to think I’d have to give up the dream of being a full-time writer." -Ian Rankin

Photo credit: Ian Rankin, writer by Tim Duncan licensed under CC BY 3.0 / Expanded widthwise.

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