I’m honored to welcome Sylvian Reynard to Lit, etc! I adored Gabriel’s Inferno when I first read it and really enjoyed Gabriel’s Rapture. I’m really excited to share the interview and hopefully you’ll enjoy getting to know SR a little more.
The info for the tour wide giveaway is located below the interview, but I’m also giving away a print copy of your choice: Gabriel’s Inferno, Gabriel’s Rapture, or Gabriel’s Redemption and it’s international as long as The Book Depository ships to where you live. Just leave a comment telling me who would play you in a film of your life.
Q. Hello and welcome to Lit, etc! I’m thrilled to have you and it feels as a graduation of sorts (I was a member of the Professor’s Graduate seminar). Tell me something about Sylvain Reynard other than the standard bio on your website.
Hello Jessica. It’s a pleasure to be with you and your readers. I’m Sylvain Reynard and I’m afraid of heights …
Q. Are there any occupational hazards to being an author?
One is always vulnerable to the possibility of being stabbed with one’s own pen …
Q. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I pay attention to the meaning of words, of course, but I tend to be an auditory writer – I write listening to the sounds of words as they form a sentence. So I can’t listen to music or anything else when I write, especially when I’m writing dialogue.
Q. Gabriel’s Inferno along with Fifty Shades and several others were originally fan fiction. Some people believe that it’s unethical to pull fan fiction and publish it because you used an established fan base and another author’s characters for profit even if you change items to make your work different from the original. What would you say to the critics?
On any issue there are always diverse opinions. But I think we can all agree that the community pulled together every year in the Fandom Gives Back campaign to raise awareness and donations for Alex’s Lemonade Stand. I was proud to be part of that campaign and was inspired by it to promote charities and fair trade organizations through my social media accounts. I work hard to engender a positive, tolerant attitude in my writing and online.
Q. You value your privacy immensely and it is understandable fans want to put a face to the writer. Do you prefer to let your work speak for itself? And do you ever worry that you might be ousted?
Yes, I prefer to let the work speak for itself and I’d also rather focus attention on the charities and organizations I support, which are in grave need of volunteers and donations.
Q. You often incorporate literature, art, and music in your novels. In the books, the Professor is well known for giving lectures and readers get to experience them (and pretend they’re attending a lecture). Are the lectures you incorporate specially written? Or are they sections of past lectures you’ve attended and written based on your notes? Or might we assume they are former essays? If you write them specifically, how much time do you spend research and writing?
The lectures are written for the novel. I spend a lot of time researching when I’m writing a novel because I want the content to be authentic.
Q. Gabriel’s Redemption is the final book in the series. Do you think we might see the Professor in the future perhaps in the form a novella?
Readers will see him sooner than that. He has a cameo in my next novel, “The Raven.” This book is the first in a new series and it’s a paranormal love story. Readers can find out more about it here: http://www.sylvainreynard.com/2013/11/my-next-novel-revealed.html
Q. Finally, and on an entirely unrelated note, who would play you in a film of your life?
A computer. But it would have to be an (attractive) silver MacBook.
I am honoured to have both of my books appear on the USAToday Bestseller list and the New York Times Bestseller list. I’ve also been a Semifinalist for Best Author in the 2011 and 2012 Goodreads Choice Awards. “Gabriel’s Inferno” was a Semifinalist for Best Romance in 2011 and “Gabriel’s Rapture” was a Finalist for Best Romance in 2012, in the Goodreads Choice Awards, as well.
I’m interested in the way literature can help us explore aspects of the human condition – particularly suffering, sex, love, faith, and redemption. My favourite stories are those in which a character takes a journey, either a physical journey to a new and exciting place, or a personal journey in which he or she learns something about himself/herself.
I’m also interested in how aesthetic elements such as art, architecture, and music can be used to tell a story or to illuminate the traits of a particular character. In my writing, I combine all of these elements with the themes of redemption, forgiveness, and the transformative power of goodness.
I try to use my platform as an author to raise awareness about the following charities: Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Foundation, WorldVision, Alex’s Lemonade Stand, and Covenant House.
Connect With Sylvain
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SR is hosting an international tour wide giveaway! The Louboutin winner will be gifted a Neiman Marcus gift card with shipping included. Good luck!
For your chance to win a print copy of your choice: Gabriel’s Inferno, Gabriel’s Rapture, or Gabriel’s Redemption. Just leave a comment telling me who would play you in a film of your life.