Happy Valentine's Day!
Today, I am thrilled to share with you a very special post from the NYT and USA Today bestseller author, our dear Sylvain Reynard.
I am happy he is my first and so grateful he agreed to be part of this idea. In his readers' group on Facebook, The Fox Den, we started last December a "Mission of Love," inspired by his kindness. It definitely made sense to me to have him as the first author writing a series of guest posts during the year. If you're a fan of SR's writing, you should join his Facebook group!
These days, Sylvain Reynard has been very busy writing the fourth installment in his Gabriel's Series, titled "Gabriel's Promise" that you can already add to your Goodreads' TBR. This best-selling series was opted by Passionflix and will be turned into a series! Filming is expected to start during the fall this year. As you can see, lots of good things are happening in 2019 for SR! But no matter how busy he is, he always tries to find a way to stay close to his readers. And, what a better occasion than Valentine's Day?
Hello BAE. Thanks for inviting me to join your blog and your readers as a guest.
(Long story short, my Twitter name is @BrownAngelEyes_. Almost six years ago, he shortened it and used the acronym, something he usually does with his readers have this kind of Twitter names. I've been BAE since then.)
It is a pleasure to have you as my first. And I got you covered! I brought plenty of coffee and doughnuts for you. I've been thinking about this question a lot lately but decided to wait for this post to ask ... Among all the genres in literature, why you chose the romance genre?
I didn’t intend to write romance when I began writing. But since I was writing a contemporary retelling of the tale of Dante and Beatrice, the themes of love, sex, and redemption were primary.
The core of my writing is the subject of redemption. I don’t write nihilistic stories, where the protagonist ends in despair. Even in the midst of suffering, there has to be meaning and I explore that through my novels.
I am so glad you ended up writing romance. I've always said that no other author writes romance like you. Your stories are meaningful and are so easy to connect with. They change lives.
How the Muse inspires your writing?
Inspiration comes from a variety of sources – art, music, and architecture. I’m very interested in landscapes and how a city is constructed. The city of Florence, for example, is endlessly fascinating. But so are Paris, Rome, London, and Prague, to name just a few.
I will always remember the famous Professor's lecture on Gabriel's Rapture about the four kinds of love. Do the four kinds of love always impact your writing? Do you think they represent a good balance of how love should be lived?
I think so. Friendship is an important subject. In order for a relationship to be stable over time, it has to include friendship and mutual respect.
I can't agree more with you. I think that lovers also have to be each other's best friend and accomplice. And mutual respect is fundamental.
Is there any quote from any of your books that stands to you as a favorite?
“I’m glad I’m your first,” is a quotation from Gabriel’s Inferno. There’s a lot of subtext in that quotation.
I love that quote. Five words with immeasurable meaning. One last question. In your opinion, how do you think we can all celebrate Valentine's Day?
Valentine’s Day has evolved into an exclusive event rather than an inclusive one. So I’d like to see the holiday develop into something more inclusive. There are at least four kinds of love, which means a celebration of love should include friends and family and not just one’s partner.
I know I’m repetitive in posting things online about instances of human beings loving their neighbours. But these stories are noteworthy and inspirational. Instead of reducing love to sex, why don’t we expand the notion of love to include community service, social justice, and charity?
I love your perspective on Valentine's Day. Many feel excluded from this celebration since they aren't in a romantic relationship. If we love and are surrounded by love, there's no reason for us to not celebrate today. Having the opportunity to serve others makes it even more meaningful.
Well, dear Fox, let's raise our cups and make a toast. Anything else you want to say to your readers?
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone. Thank you for reading. As I write “Gabriel’s Promise” I am struck by how grateful I am to have the opportunity to write for you. I’m looking forward to the filming of “Gabriel’s Inferno” in September, and the release of “Gabriel’s Promise” in December.
Thanks, SR, for taking the time to participate in this special guest blog post. If you haven't read SR's books, you are missing an incredibly gifted author. Visit Sylvain Reynard's Amazon page here. You can also follow SR in his different social media accounts.
I want to make a toast, too. May we always remember that we are meant of greatness, may we always treat ourselves and others with kindness and find joy in it. May we always see our beauty within, and may we always remember that our happiness starts with us. Let's give Valentine's Day the right meaning, living all kinds of love. ¡Salud y Feliz día de San Valentín!
Thanks for reading this guest post!
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