Saturday, September 9, 2017

A Chat With Scott Reintgen, Author of Upcoming Release NYXIA

Scott Reintgen grew up in North Carolina, and took full advantage of the fact that he lived on the same street as fourteen of his cousins. It could be a little crowded, but he threw a few elbows and carved out a space for himself as the family storyteller.

He enjoyed the role so much that he decided to spend most of college and graduate school investing in the world of literature. This led to a career teaching English and Creative Writing in the great state of North Carolina, where he currently lives with his wife and family. To his great delight, the demand for stories and storytellers is alive and well.

As such, he can often be found at local coffee shops laboring over stories that he hopes his family, and fans, will love.
(taken from Reintgen's
Goodreads profile)

Have you always wanted to write a young adult novel?

Not always. Teaching changed that. Most of my early writing focused on writing adult fantasy and science fiction, but every new semester brought me into the lives of amazing students with some really great stories to tell. One great way to fight against bad literacy rates or students who aren't all that interested in more archaic literature? Find brilliant, high-interest books that they can fall in love with. So most of what I write is for my students.

Do you listen to music while you write? If so, what do you listen to?  

Absolutely. I need the noise. Most of the time I listen to Indie compilations that are on YouTube, all put together by someone named Alex Rainbird. Those stations have a lot of music I like, but by artists I really don't know. So it's good noise but I don't get distracted by familiar words. Occasionally, I'll turn to Hozier or Imagine Dragons or the Alabama Shakes for specific scene work. Totally depends on the day.

Are you more of a coffee or a tea person when writing?

Coffee. I'm a walking cliche. I sit down in coffee shops all over the Raleigh area to do my writing. I'm sitting in one right now. I always think of the clip from Family Guy where an author sits down in a coffee shop and talks REALLY loud about the fact that he's writing a novel and wants every one to know what he's doing.

What authors do you think have influenced you the most as a writer?

I'd say the three biggest have been J.K. Rowling (taught me to love reading), George R.R. Martin (made me want to be a writer), and Pierce Brown (a huge stylistic influence). But the list could go on endlessly. Other authors I love: N.K. Jemisin, Nnedi Okorafor, Pat Rothfuss, Marie Lu, Joe Abercrombie, Leigh Bardugo, Samuel R. Delaney, V.E. Schwab, Robin Hobb *TAKES DEEP BREATH* Ok. I'll stop there, but I could go on for a long, long time.

Did you have a writing schedule while you worked on Nyxia? What did your average day of writing look like?  

I was still working at the time as a teacher, so I wrote every single day from 3-5pm.

What is one underrated book you would like to recommend to everyone?

I'm not sure if this is underrated, but I know a lot of people who haven't read or heard about The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race. The book was edited by Jesmyn Ward and includes pieces from a wide variety of modern, black writers. I've gone back and read it three times now. I feel like I learn something new each time, so I'd highly recommend it.

About Reintgen's new release, which hits shelves this Tuesday:

Emmett Atwater isn't just leaving Detroit; he's leaving Earth. Why the Babel Corporation recruited him is a mystery, but the number of zeroes on their contract has him boarding their lightship and hoping to return to Earth with enough money to take care of his family.


Before long, Emmett discovers that he is one of ten recruits, all of whom have troubled pasts and are a long way from home. Now each recruit must earn the right to travel down to the planet of Eden--a planet that Babel has kept hidden--where they will mine a substance called Nyxia that has quietly become the most valuable material in the universe.

But Babel's ship is full of secrets. And Emmett will face the ultimate choice: win the fortune at any cost, or find a way to fight that won't forever compromise what it means to be human. (taken from