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Is millionaire Twilight fan-fiction writer Sylvain Reynard hiding in Toronto?

Last week, Michael Redhill revealed he has been writing detective novels under the pseudonym Inger Ash Wolfe. Now, there’s speculation surrounding the identity of author Sylvain Reynard, who just received a sweet seven-figure deal from Penguin’s Berkley imprint.

Here’s what Quillblog does know: Berkley will publish Reynard’s best-selling novels Gabriel’s Inferno and Gabriel’s Rapture, which were first released as ebooks by Omnific Publishing. Like E.L. James’s Fifty Shades of Grey, the books were adapted from serialized Twilight fan fiction.

Reynard originally wrote the Twilight-inspired story “The University of Edward Masen” under the pen name Sebastien Robichaud, but the story has since disappeared from the Web, as has Robichaud’s website. GalleyCat editor Jason Boog used web tools to pull sample pages.

There are rumours that Reynard (who “self-presents as male”) is a Canadian writer with several non-fiction books under his belt, and certainly the evidence points to this being the case:

  • On his website bio, Reynard says he tries to “use my platform as an author to raise awareness” for charities, including Toronto’s Covenant House.
  • Under a list of locations that appear in the Gabriel series, Reynard includes several Hogtown landmarks and venues, including the University of Toronto and the Manulife Centre.
  • Robichaud posted a note on a fan-fiction website about a CBC program on the Halifax perfume company, the 7 Virtues.

Any guesses as to Reynard’s true identity?

  • K_Everett

    It’s none of our business, enjoy the books leave the author to have a private life.

  • Nell

    Wow. A Canadian author gets a huge American deal and THIS is how you celebrate it?

  • Chris Lites

    Why are fanfic writers getting seven figure deals? Why?

  • http://twitter.com/squalloogal squally

    Sylvain Reynard aka Sebastien Robichaud aka SR… Is a wonderful representation of a Canadian gentleman. He’s very proud of where he lives and is very invested in bettering his community and the world around him. He has stated many times over the last four years that he cares. He’s shown it with grace and more humility than most. He’s done all he can to protect those around him and live a normal life. All he seems to be guilty of is trying to live a private life while writing for readers who truly want to read. The reason any writer gets a deal is because people want to read. The money usually indicates the publishers idea of what they think the success of a novel (in this case a series) may generate. SR has had a strong and extremely loyal fanbase for many years. He continues to woo his public by showing kindness and a good humour under extremely difficult situations. That’s why it is and will continue to be the success it is. It doesn’t matter who he is or where he is for those that enjoy his stories. I don’t care about who crafts the bread I love, I’m just glad I get to devour it. He’s a good man and deserves every success and I hope he continues to live a life he deserves to live. Quiet, peaceful & fruitful. All the best in everything to him. That’s all. A grateful reader.

  • secret teller

    SR IS E.L. JAMES I TELL YOU!! E.L. JAMES!

  • http://twitter.com/LadyFallow Lady Fallow

    As a fellow Canadian, I’m just proud he’s one of us.

    Who cares what his ‘real’ name is.

    All I care about is that he’s a ‘real’ honest to goodness exceptional writer in a class of his own. He has faithful and loyal readers because of that. I’ll take whatever he writes no matter what’s his pen-name.

    He not only wants his anonymity, he needs it, so please be respectful of this just as he has always been towards others.

  • Hazeldene

    Because they are writing the type of books that people want to read right now. These books just happen to have come from the teen Fanfic stable, but the adult books offer much more mature and emotional stories.

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