01 Feb Interview with Gabriel's Inferno author Sylvain Reynard

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Two years ago, a good friend of mine introduced me to the novel, Gabriel’s Inferno. It was originally written as a fan fiction, but it has since been updated and published. The book is set at the university in Toronto. The love affair between the brilliant, handsome, yet dark Professor Gabriel Emerson and his sweet, innocent student, Julia Mitchell held my attention from beginning to end. I finished reading the novel on a plane headed to Toronto. During my visit there, we had fun doing the Gabriel’s Inferno tour to see all the different sites. The sequel to Gabriel’s Inferno is Gabriel's Rapture, an equally compelling and captivating story. Its author is now hard at work on continuing the story of Julia and the handsome Professor. We recently caught up with the charming author, Sylvain Reynard and gained insight into both his writing process and his novels.



Hello Everyone. Thanks for the invitation to join you and your readers.


When did your passion for the written word begin? Did you write as a child or start as an adult?

I wrote as a child, mostly about elves and such, but somehow stopped when I became an adult. “Gabriel’s Inferno” is my first novel.


The professor has such a fascination with Dante and his love, Beatrice. Was this something you were fascinated with prior to writing this book?

I’ve always been interested in the story of Dante and Beatrice. You can’t visit the city of Florence without encountering their history. I’ve always wondered what Beatrice’s view of Dante was, since we hear very little from her in his writings. If readers are interested in their love story, they can find it in “La Vita Nuova,” which can be read here: http://www.poetryintranslation.com/PITBR/Italian/TheNewLife.htm


While in Toronto, a friend of mine gave me a tour of the key places in your book. It was great fun seeing the sites where the professor and his love spent their days. Have you gotten feedback from your readers who have done the 'tour'?

Several readers have written to me saying they’ve taken the same tour. Of course, the city changes constantly and so some of the places have changed, but the Royal Ontario Museum is a constant. It will always welcome friends of the Professor.


You have music that accompanies your story on your website. What drew you to the music you listed?

I’m drawn to the melody and lyrics. Sometimes, I’m drawn to the rhythm. In all cases, it’s about expressing the mood of a scene and perhaps offering insight beyond what is expressed on the page. I'm a fan of Mozart, Diana Krall, Dave Matthews and Matthew Barber, and so their music is well represented in the soundtrack.


Do you have other writings in the works?

In addition to finishing the third book in the Gabriel series, I have a contract with Berkley Press for two more novels. Also, Heather Huffman and I are going to write a romantic comedy together and donate the royalties to charity. (Heather is the author of “Throwaway” and is an anti-human trafficking activist.)

I think the readers have come up with some great suggestions and Henry Cavill is among them.

  Sylvain Reynard


How is the third book coming? Can you give us any insights into what we can expect?

The third book is coming along nicely. I hope to have another teaser for you soon. There will be old and new characters, some loved and some hated.


This past weekend, you had a brilliant photo contest with Henry Cavill fans sharing their favorite images of him as the Professor. What do you think of all this attention and devotion by the female readers to both the Professor and their favorite actor?

I have to thank Enn Bocci, my publicist, for organizing the contest and for judging the entries. Readers have been so enthusiastic and I’m grateful for their support.


Have you had a chance to see Henry Cavill in any of his movies or the television series The Tudors?

I haven’t, actually, but I understand he’s playing Superman in the new film and I’ll be seeing that.


What would you think of Henry playing Professor Emerson?

I can’t really comment other than to say that I think the readers have come up with some great suggestions and Henry Cavill is among them.


Twitter Questions


@ElaineAnnD Any advice for someone wanting to try writing fan fic? (Or write their first novel?)

My advice to aspiring writers is twofold. First, write every day. Second, find someone you trust who will read your work and give you constructive feedback. Writing daily will help give you the discipline you need to finish your manuscript. And ever writer needs an editor to help him or her improve.


Henry Cavill as Professor Emerson?What would you think of Henry playing Professor Emerson?

@arlisgreen Will Gabriel's childhood be explored in the third book?

Because I’m still writing, I can’t comment.


@benji_jetsetter If you had a "theme song" that played whenever you walk into a room full of people, what would it be?

This is a very good question. The Theme to Peter Gunn http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dechpnavTyA


@dlpicard99 Knowing he wants to remain anonymous, if he was approached to turn the books into movies, would he?

I wouldn’t have a problem with the books being adapted for film or television. I can always slip into a seat at the back of the theatre with my popcorn and very large drink…


Facebook questions


@LynnetteStallone Would he like to see his series turned into a movie? If so, who does he see playing Gabriel and Julia?

In terms of casting, I’ve tried to stay out of it and allow readers to envision their favourites.


@RosaJostin What was the most romantic thing the author has ever done for their partner?

I could tell you, but then I’d have to kill you.


Our final question for Mr. Reynard - You regularly support many charities. How do you choose the charities you support?

And thank you, especially for asking about my work with charities. I'm glad to have the opportunity to speak about it.


I've been involved in various charitable fundraisers in the past and I also use my Twitter account to highlight the charities I support, in an effort to use social media for good. Some of the charities, such as Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep or WorldVision, are organizations I've supported for some time. Others, such as Not For Sale or Project Liberty, are charities I've recently begun supporting.

In general, I favour charities that fund causes related to the abolition of human trafficking, cancer research, the homeless, the eradication of child poverty, and micro enterprise in the developing world. I try to support a combination of domestic and international organizations.

When it comes to charity, it isn't about the money. Charities need volunteers and goods and services as much as they need monetary donations. I've been blessed to have a readership made up of people who are generous with their time and their money, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to draw awareness to their good work, as well, and to encourage others to join them.

If you’re looking for romance and sophistication with a strong male character, then get yourself a copy of both Gabriel’s Inferno and Gabriel’s Rapture right away. It’s a pleasure to support Mr. Reynard, because he not only writes wonderful books, but he’s a champion for so many charities. I’m sure it comes as no surprise that I envision Henry Cavill as the handsome, dark and mysterious Gabriel Emerson. Please follow Mr. Reynard for all the latest information on his books and charities.

Twitter @SylvainReynard
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AuthorSylvainReynard
Website www.sylvainreynard.com


by Jen F.

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