Indie Spotlight – Robert Redinger

Today I am joined in the Indie Spotlight by Robert Redinger.

Born in New York City, award-winning author Robert Redinger studied theater and film at Hunter College where he received the Bill Sherwood Award for Most Promising Filmmaker. He has been a student of mythology for most of his life. His fascination with trees and the creatures of the wood have led to the creation of his sylvan heroes. His first novel, The Sylvan Horn, is a Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal Winner. He is currently writing Sword of the Sylph: Book Two of The Sylvan Chord.

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Welcome to the Indie Spotlight, Robert.

What made you decide to publish your books independently? What was your path to publication?

I turned to self-publishing because I simply could not get an agent, editor, or publisher to publish my book. Before the Internet, I don’t know how anyone got published. Agents and publishers alike generally frowned on simultaneous submissions, which meant that a writer had to query them one by one. You would send your query letter and wait several weeks for a reply, then get rejected, then rinse and repeat with another agent or publisher. I did this for several years and in all that time only one agent requested the manuscript. I tried every large and small press I could find and then tried every academic press. Finally, I decided to self-publish with iUniverse. Since then my fantasy novel has won a first place Gold Medal in the Readers’ Favorite Book Contest, a second place Runner-Up Award in the Los Angeles Book Festival, and a nomination for a Montaigne Medal for Most Thought Provoking Book in the Eric Hoffer Book Contest. I really can’t complain about all the rejections because they forced me to keep improving the book until it became an award-winning novel.

What made you decide to write in your specific genre rather than other genres? Have you ever written in other genres?

As a teenager, I played Dungeons and Dragons which introduced me to the fantasy genre. It was through that game that I discovered Fritz Leiber and Michael Moorcock. After reading Moorcock’s Elric of Melnibone, I found myself very impressed with his mythical world building and powerful prose. It was like no other book I had read in school. It showed me what a writer can do with words, like the way George Lucas showed us what a filmmaker can accomplish with film. Moorcock and Leiber combine the scholarship of literature with the excitement of comic books. They are my gold standard in fantasy fiction and I strive to produce work of equal merit.

Do you only read the genre that you write?

In fiction I rarely read a novel that is not fantasy. In non-fiction I sometimes read biographies, self-help, and true crime.

What are you currently reading? Watching on TV? Is there a type of music you listen to for inspiration?

I am currently reading Michael Moorcock’s The Champion of Garathorm which follows the adventures of Dorian Hawkmoon, one of his most famous characters. The book is the second one in a trilogy called The Chronicles of Castle Brass. Years ago I read the first Hawkmoon series called The History of the Runestaff. Lately, I haven’y been watching a lot of TV, but it was not long ago that I watched about five hours of shows each day of the week, beginning with prime time at 8 PM and ending with Dave Letterman at 12:35 AM. I mostly watched whatever was on CBS and sometimes CW. I always liked Saturday Night Live. As for music, I still won’t let go of the eighties. But for writing inspiration I’ve heard good things about Baroque classical music. I did some of my best writing with Baroque playing.

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

My advice for aspiring authors is to simply keep writing. Make a schedule and stick to it. Don’t sit around waiting for inspiration to come, go and seek it, make it happen. For myself, I find it inspiring to read the works of great writers. Its like jump starting my creative battery.

What are you working on right now and what can we look forward to seeing from you next?

Currently, I am striving to complete Sword of the Sylph: Book Two of the Sylvan Chord. Some years ago I wrote the first four chapters, then my father passed and life got complicated. I hope to start writing again soon. Meanwhile, you can check out the first four chapters of Sword of the Sylph at this address:

Thank you for joining me today, Robert and I wish you good luck with your books!

The Sylvan Horn

Once immortal, the Braey elves now live the numbered years of men as sorcerous Runes poison the earth. For years men have labored to complete the Runes, and when their work is done a terrible power, the Anarkai, will be unleashed upon the world. Haunted by strange visions, a young Braey, Efkin, is tasked with finding a mystic horn that ages ago summoned the forces that shaped the earth. Only the horn has the power to break the Runes. But he is warned, if he is tainted by the Runes, blowing the horn will sound a ruinous note that could spell the end of the earth.

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