My interview with Sylvain Reynard (SR)

It’s no secret that I really like Sylvain Reynard and not only for his books but also just him as the person we meet on Twitter. 

So, I asked SR on Twitter if he wanted to do an interview with me and he agreed (this might very well be his first one with a Danish blog – under the English version of the interview, you’ll find the Danish version as well)

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Let’s get started on the interview 🙂 

Hi SR,

One thing I’ve noticed people write on Twitter is how much they love your writing style and the way you describe things and must say I agree, so how would you explain the color blue to a blind person? Because if anyone needed to do that, I think you would be the right man to do so.

SR:Was the blind person blind from birth? If so, explaining colour will be difficult. If not, I’d mention something the person saw before he or she went blind – such as the sea or the sky or a blueberry.

If the person has been blind from birth, I think the best way to explain colour would be to use a comparison to something he or she is familiar with. For example, blue is a cold colour – like snow. Or blue is a colour that represents sadness.

On Twitter you’re always very actively tweeting about charities, why is that?

SR: Being an author gives me a platform and I want to use that platform for good. So I try to draw attention to various causes and organizations such as Covenant House, WorldVision, and The 7 Virtues.

Before I go on with the interview, I’m going to share some links to the mentioned charities:

Covenant House on Twitter: https://twitter.com/CovenantHouse homepage: http://www.covenanthouse.org/

WorldVision (Canada) on Twitter: https://twitter.com/worldvisioncan homepage: http://www.worldvision.ca/   

The 7 Virtues on Twitter: https://twitter.com/the7virtues homepage: http://www.the7virtues.com/

Back to the interview:

And thank you for doing so because so many people out there are in need of a helping hand so always happy to see people reaching out, spreading the word and making awareness. I admire that you’re using your author platform to create awareness.

Is charity something you grew up with, like your parents always did something and made sure you knew the value of helping others or is it something you just started doing?

SR: Charity is something that has always been important to me. I’ve just been more private about it in the past.

I know you first started out writing as a kid, and you wrote about elves and such – is that a genre you want to go back to some day? And do you have something lying around that you never finished but wants to some day when the time is right?

SR: Yes, I have a couple of projects that are either in first draft form or unfinished and I hope to be able to focus on them eventually. “Gabriel’s Redemption” will be released in December. I’m writing a new book for Berkley/Penguin and then I have a contract with them for another book, as well.

Okay surely I can’t interview you without talking about Gabriel or Julia at all! I do need to mention that I love the strength that Julia posses and the way you made it not too obvious from the beginning. I don’t know if any readers see Julia differently but I think she’s truthfully a woman a lot of women can recognize themselves with because strength can be so many things and we should never underestimate the more quiet or shy ones. Often they are the most powerful when needed. Is that how you ‘prefer a woman’ or is it just a quality you wanted to give Julia?

 SR: Julia is a controversial character. Readers have had very strong reactions to her. As an author, those reactions please me because I would prefer that readers weren’t apathetic about my characters. Although she’s an introvert and a pacifist, she isn’t passive. I think people need to open their minds to alternative examples of strength and courage. In India and in America, the passive resistance movements were very powerful tools of social and legal change.

How do you come up with the covers for your books?

SR: I’m chuckling a bit because the answer is “I don’t.” Art departments design the covers. Sometimes I’m consulted; sometimes I’m not. It depends on the publisher. In the case of “Gabriel’s Redemption,” I wanted an image of Gabriel and Julianne in the orchard and I think the art department at Penguin did an excellent job of capturing that moment.

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I just saw today on Twitter that you were asked (by @FSOG_AUSTRALIA) if you have music you like to listen to while writing and you answered that you actually don’t listen to music usually as you can’t hear dialogue then – do you hear music when you know you’re not writing a dialogue or do you generally just write better when it’s quiet around you?

SR: This is part of my eccentricity, I’m afraid. When I write, I need to hear the words. I tend to write for sound first and meaning second. So yes, I need a quiet environment, which means I can’t listen to music while I write. However, I often include references to music in my writing because it sets the stage for certain scenes.

What is the one song that can make you happy instantly?

SR: Pueblo Nuevo performed by Buena Vista Social Club. I find Cuban music to be very cheerful.

(here’s a link to the song SR mentions: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMExC9AaoD0)

You’re a very talented writer (duh like we didn’t know) but is there one word you simply use too much and that you have to really think about not using or you have to delete/change when you edit?

SR: In the first draft of “Gabriel’s Inferno” I over used the word “then.” But my editor seems to have cured me of that.

So many authors have started recording their own voices and reading out loud some excerpts from their work, any chance you would do the same one fine day?

SR: I prefer to listen to others. John Michael Morgan, who is the actor who performed the audio recordings of “Gabriel’s Inferno” and “Gabriel’s Rapture” did such an excellent job I’d be embarrassed to try. I’m fortunate that he’s agreed to record “Gabriel’s Redemption” as well.

Your books are not erotica but romances and you let the readers use their own imagination when it comes to the love life between Julia and Gabriel, is it ever difficult for you NOT to write more explicit or is it not in your nature to write erotica like that?

SR: It isn’t in my nature to be explicit. For me, even the tamest love scene is somewhat challenging because I always feel like a voyeur.

You seem to be quite the gentleman and romantic, so how do you feel about Valentine’s Day?

SR: I’m in favour of it.

A lot of fans see David Gandy as their Professor Emerson, how do you feel about that? And what do you know about David?

SR: I know almost nothing about him except for what readers have told me. But he did a commercial for a shoe company that I thought was very Emersonian.

Note: If you don’t know who David Gandy is, here’s a collage of him. Credits to https://twitter.com/DGandyDK DEmerson

 

What’s the difference between living and existing?

SR: This is a very good question. I wonder if it’s a distinction without a difference, or not?

I’m so thankful that SR took the time to answer these questions and I hope you enjoyed reading it.

I’m going to post all SR related links now and then you’ll find the Danish version of the interview!

XX Maja

Sylvain Reynard’s Social Media:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sylvainreynard

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorSylvainReynard?fref=ts

Official homepage: http://www.sylvainreynard.com/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4562483.Sylvain_Reynard

Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Sylvain-Reynard/e/B007SXMDRK/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1381146375&sr=8-1

Amazon.uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sylvain-Reynard/e/B007SXMDRK/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1381146480&sr=8-1

Thanks for reading 🙂

(The Danish Version)

Mit interview med Sylvain Reynard (SR)

Det er ikke nogen hemmelighed at jeg kan lide Sylvain Reynard og ikke kun for hans bøger men også for hans personlighed på Twitter.

Så jeg spurgte SR på Twitter om jeg måtte lave et interview med ham og det ville han gerne (dette er højest sandsynligt det allerførste han har lavet med en Dansk blog)

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Det jeg har lagt mest mærke til på Twitter er, at folk skriver hvor meget de elsker din skrivestil og måden du bare generelt beskriver ting/situationer på og jeg må sige at jeg er enig med dem, så hvordan ville du beskrive farven blå til en blind person? For hvis nogen var nødt til det, tror jeg at du er den rette til at gøre det.

SR: Var den blinde person blind fra fødsel? Hvis det er tilfældet, ville farver være ret svære at beskrive. Hvis ikke, ville jeg nævne noget som personen har set før han/hun blev blind – såsom himlen eller et blåbær.

Hvis personen har været blind fra fødsel af, tror jeg den bedste måde at beskrive farver på, ville være at lave sammenligninger med noget som han/hun er bekendte med. For eksempel: blå er en kold farve, ligesom sne. Eller blå repræsenterer sorg.

Du er altid meget aktiv på Twitter og tweeter meget om forskellige velgørenhedsorganisationer, hvorfor?

SR: At være forfatter giver mig en platform og jeg vil gerne bruge den platform på en god måde. Så jeg prøver at gøre opmærksom på forskellige organisationer, såsom Covenant House, WordVision og The 7 Virtues.

Før jeg går videre med selve interviewet, vil jeg lige dele links til de velgørenhedsorganisationer som SR nævner.

Covenant House på Twitter: https://twitter.com/CovenantHouse hjemmeside: http://www.covenanthouse.org/

WorldVision (Canada) på Twitter: https://twitter.com/worldvisioncan hjemmeside: http://www.worldvision.ca/   

The 7 Virtues på Twitter: https://twitter.com/the7virtues hjemmeside: http://www.the7virtues.com/

Tilbage til interviewet:

Tak fordi du gør os alle opmærksomme på velgørenhed generelt, for der er så mange mennesker i hele verden som har brug for en hjælpende hånd – så det er altid skønt at se mennesker række ud, sprede budskaber og skabe bevidsthed om dette. Jeg beundrer dig for at bruge din kendte platform på den måde.

Er velgørenhed noget som du er vokset op med, dine forældre har måske altid lavet velgørenhed og lært dig værdien af at hjælpe andre eller er det bare noget du selv er startet på?

SR: Velgørenhed er noget som altid har været vigtigt for mig. Jeg har bare været mere privat omkring det før hen.

Jeg ved at du startede med at skrive da du var barn – dengang skrev du om alfer blandt andet – er det en genre du gerne vil tilbage til en eller anden dag? Og har du noget liggende som du aldrig har færdiggjort men som gerne vil have gjort færdigt når den rette tid kommer?

SR: Ja, jeg har et par projekter som enten er i første udkast eller ufærdiggjort og jeg håber at jeg vil være i stand til at fokusere på dem på et tidspunkt. ”Gabriel’s Redemption” udkommer til december. Jeg er ved at skrive på en ny bog for Berkley/Penguin og jeg har også en kontrakt med dem på en anden bog.

Okay, jeg kan jo selvfølgelig ikke interviewe dig uden at komme ind på Gabriel eller Julia overhovedet! Jeg er nødt til at påpege at jeg virkelig elsker den styrke Julia har og måden du ikke har gjort den styrke alt for tydelig fra starten. Jeg ved ikke om andre læsere ser Julia anderledes men jeg synes i sandhed at hun er en kvinde som mange kan genkende eller spejle sig selv i fordi styrke kan være så mange ting og vi skal aldrig undervurdere de mere stille eller generte mennesker. Ofte er de stærkere når der er brug for det. Er det sådan du ’foretrækker en kvinde’ eller er det bare en kvalitet du ville give Julia?

SR: Julia er en kontroversiel karakter. Læsere har haft mange stærke reaktioner til hende. Som forfatter er det sådanne reaktioner som glæder mig. Jeg foretrækker at læsere ikke er ligeglade med mine karakterer. Selvom hun er indadvendt og en pacifist, så er hun ikke passiv. Jeg synes folk skal åbne deres sind til alternative eksempler af styrke og mod. I Indien og Amerika var de passive modstandsbevægelser meget stærke værktøjer for social og juridisk forandring.

Hvordan kommer du frem til dine bog covers?

SR: Jeg klukker en smule fordi svaret er ”det gør jeg ikke”. Kunstafdelingen designer coverne. Nogen gange bliver jeg spurgt; nogen gange ikke. Det går an på forlaget. Med hensyn til ”Gabriel’s Redemption” ville jeg have et billede af Gabriel og Julianne i plantagen og jeg synes kunstafdelingen hos Penguin har gjort et fantastisk job i at fange det øjeblik.

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I dag så jeg på Twitter at du blev spurgt (af @FSOG_AUSTRALIA) om du havde noget bestemt musik du kan lide at lytte til mens du skriver og du svarede at du faktisk ikke lytter til musik normalt da du ikke kan høre en dialog – hører du musik når du ikke skriver en dialog eller skriver du bare generelt bedre når der er stille omkring dig?

SR: Dette er en del af min excentricitet, er jeg bange for. Når jeg skriver, er jeg nødt til at kunne høre ordene. Jeg har tendens til at skrive for lyd først og så betydning bagefter. Så ja, jeg er nødt til at have et stille miljø omkring mig, hvilket betyder at jeg ikke kan høre musik imens. Dog, inkluderer jeg ofte referencer til musik i mine værker fordi det sætter en bestemt stemning for specifikke scener.

Hvilken sang kan gøre dig øjeblikkeligt glad?

SR: Pueblo Nuevo lavet af Buena Vista Social Club. Jeg synes Cubansk musik er meget muntert.

(her er et link til sangen som SR nævner: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMExC9AaoD0)

Du er en meget dygtig forfatter (som om vi ikke vidste det) men er der et ord som du simpelthen bare skriver for ofte og som du virkelig skal tænke over ikke at bruge eller som du er nødt til at omformulere/slette når du redigerer?

SR: I det første udkast af ”Gabriel’s inferno” brugte jeg ordet ”da” alt for meget. Men det ser ud til at min redaktør har afhjulpet mig med dette.

Dine bøger er ikke erotik men kærlighedsromaner og du lader selv læseren bruge sin egen fantasi når det kommer til kærlighedslivet mellem Julia og Gabriel, er det nogensinde svært for dig IKKE at skrive mere specifikt/detaljeret eller er det bare ikke i din natur at skrive erotik på den måde?

SR: Det er ikke i min natur at skrive specifikt. For mig kan selv den tammeste kærlighedsscene være en smule udfordrende fordi jeg altid føler mig som en ’voyeur’/lurer.

Du virker til at være en gentleman og romantisk, hvordan har du det med Valentines Day?

SR: Jeg er for Valentines Day.

Mange fans ser David Gandy som deres Professor Emerson, hvordan har du det med det? Og hvad ved du om David?

SR: Jeg ved praktisk talt ingenting om ham, andet end det som læsere har fortalt mig. Men han har lavet en reklame for et sko selskab som jeg synes var meget ’Emersonian’.

Note: Hvis du ikke ved hvem David Gandy er så er der lige en lille collage af ham her. Credits til https://twitter.com/DGandyDK DEmerson

Hvad er forskellen på at leve og eksistere?

SR: Det er et meget godt spørgsmål. Jeg spekulerer på om det er en skelnen uden forskel, eller ej?

Jeg er så taknemmelig for at SR tog sig tiden til at besvare mine spørgsmål og jeg håber du nød at læse interviewet.

XX Maja

Sylvain Reynard’s Social Media:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sylvainreynard

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorSylvainReynard?fref=ts

Officiel hjemmeside: http://www.sylvainreynard.com/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4562483.Sylvain_Reynard

Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Sylvain-Reynard/e/B007SXMDRK/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1381146375&sr=8-1

Amazon.uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sylvain-Reynard/e/B007SXMDRK/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1381146480&sr=8-1

Tak fordi du læste med 🙂

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7 Responses to My interview with Sylvain Reynard (SR)

    • majasf says:

      Thank you so much, Ellie! That really means so much to me. It was my very first interview to write and was really nervous because SR is fantastic and had so much I wanted to ask him so it was a little difficult to narrow it down LOL
      xx Maja

  1. phatmacvon says:

    Very nice interview! SR sounds so interesting and very much a gentleman! I love all of the charitable work he’s involved in. Your questions were very thought provoking. Really enjoy his writing. Thanks for such great interview!

    • majasf says:

      Thank you so very much! I’m thankful for your comment, it means a lot to me!
      And I agree, it’s admirable that SR is doing so much in the charity world – wish more people would do so!
      I’m very pleased that you liked the questions!

      XOXO Maja

  2. Hi Maja, I can certainly understand your feelings. His gifted writing, and brilliant mind has a way of intimidating us. I feel that way every time I tweet him. I can feel him rolling his eyes at me. Your questions were somewhat different than most. Kudos, my friend! :)) xo

    • majasf says:

      Hi again, Ellie. You’re so right, he is kinda intimidating actually, but in a very intriguing way 😉

      Thank you so much for liking the questions!

      XOXO

  3. Diane says:

    I enjoyed the interview with SR, it gives us a window into his soul. Thanks. P. S. It also answered some other questions I had re:David Gandy, etc

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