Interview with Sylvain Reynard, Part 2….
I decided to publish this last segment of my interview with Sylvain Reynard after The Raven’s release. I’m not a fan of spoilers, and while I don’t think there are spoilers in this interview, I wanted fans to have a chance to meet Raven and the Prince before reading this. So read on for more juicy tidbits from Sylvain Reynard….
(If you haven’t read Part 1 you can find it here)
The novella The Prince is followed by the full-length novel The Raven, in which we meet a young woman who finds herself thrust into the Prince’s world. Raven is a very different character from Julia. Both represent the epitome of goodness, but Raven finds herself with a man who (by all admissions and appearances) embodies darkness and, perhaps, evil. How were you inspired to create her character?
When I began writing The Gabriel Series, there were two scenes that dropped into my head. First, the conflict in the classroom that opens “Gabriel’s Inferno,” and the scene in the orchard, which occurs a few chapters later.
When I began writing “The Raven,” the scene that entered my mind fully formed was the scene in which Raven walks home after a party. I saw what she looked like, how she walked, and her entire history. I knew she was an artist and an art restorer, and that she was extremely intelligent, compassionate, and very creative.
Raven is a very intriguing character. She’s brilliant but her confidence takes a hit from the frustration she feels with her self-image and her physical limitations. The Prince can’t understand why she feels the way she does about herself or her appearance, reflecting an interesting perspective on the changing perception of beauty over the centuries. I’m sure that many readers will relate to her body image issues and appreciate that she’s not perfect. What led to that particular aspect of Raven’s character?
As I mentioned, I saw her in my imagination fully formed, but I also intended her to be an atypical female lead. She doesn’t possess extraordinary physical beauty or bodily perfection and she isn’t thin. She’s an attractive woman but much of her beauty comes from her character and her actions.
What’s next for the Prince and Raven?
Thank you for asking. Readers will have a taste of the sequel to “The Raven” at the end of the book, because I’ve included a teaser.
At the moment, I’m continuing to write the sequel and I can tell you that a lot of danger and adventure are coming their way. Please stay tuned …
To purchase The Prince, click here.
To purchase The Raven, click here.
Many thanks again to Sylvain Reynard for taking the time to do this interview!