Sylvain Reynard


Sylvain Reynard
Interview for OMNIFIC

 

Contemporary romance author SYLVAIN REYNARD is proud to have Omnific Publishing offering Gabriel's Inferno. This author writes with a passion, depth, and sophistication not often found in this genre. Here is a glimpse of the author behind the impressive debut novel, Gabriel's Inferno.

 

What is it about literature that most interests you?

 I am interested in the way literature can help us explore important aspects of the human condition, particularly suffering, sex, love, faith and redemption.

 

What kinds of stories do you enjoy reading most?

 My favorite 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.

 

Gabriel's Inferno incorporates an exploration of classical art, literature, and music as it weaves the passionate tale of two forbidden lovers. Why did you add these elements to the story?

 I am very 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 character. In my writing, I combine all of these elements along with the themes of redemption, forgiveness, and the transformative power of goodness.

 

Which writers are some of your favorites?

I'm fond of the works and ideas of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Dorothy L. Sayers, Dante, and Graham Greene.

 What are some of your other interests?

I have a weakness for Italian art and culture, particularly the art of the Renaissance. I also collect patterned socks, especially argyle.


 Where do you find your inspiration and your most interesting story ideas?
 
I’m about to make a confession here—I think human behavior is fascinating, so when I have the opportunity, I like to observe it, quietly.  Airports and railway stations are excellent locations for a writer to dream up a story—there’s a whole cast of interesting characters entering and exiting the scene and their stories are only limited by the author’s imagination.
 
 
What was your inspiration for writing Gabriel’s Inferno?

Dante’s Divine Comedy is the ultimate inspiration for my novel along with a few biographical elements drawn from my family’s history.

 
If you could sum up your book in just a few sentences, what would the main message or theme be?

Human beings are both better and worse than they think they are, but regardless of their past, forgiveness and redemption are possible, especially through the healing power of love.
 
 
Tell us about the humorous, tongue-in-cheek asides to the reader in Gabriel’s Inferno.

Ah, the snarky narrator.  Readers have told me he’s a favorite. The snarky narrator is designed to provide some mild comic relief at key moments.  He also serves the purpose of gently poking fun at some of the characters, at least one of whom takes himself entirely too seriously.
 
 
What is your best advice for aspiring writers?

I’d encourage aspiring writers to write. Find a venue that you’re comfortable with and begin writing. Then, find yourself an editor or pre-reader. Everyone needs an editor, and it can be very helpful to have someone you trust read your words and provide constructive criticism.


Do you have anything else up your creative sleeve?

Currently, I’m penning the sequel to Gabriel’s Inferno.

Thank you so much for being so generous with your time, Sylvain. Everyone is looking forward to reading your novel, Gabriel's Inferno, available now at www.omnificpublishing.com.

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