Ransom Everglades prepared to welcome author Scott Reintgen a year ago, but COVID-19 forced a cancellation of his highly anticipated visit – the intended centerpiece of the third-annual One Book, One Day, One School (OBODOS). A year later, OBODOS made its return, and RE students were delighted to finally hear from Reintgen, who addressed middle schoolers during a March 15 virtual assembly.
Tuning in from his home in North Carolina, Reintgen shared the joy of writing, explaining how much fun he had authoring the Nyxia triology, as well as Ashlords and Blood Sworn, and how his career represented a dream come true. He described his path to becoming a published author – as a child, he used to visit book stores and imagine the places on the shelves where his books would be sold.
Yet he wrote two books that generated some 175 rejection letters before his career took off. Even the Nyxia triology, he said, required 13 revisions.
“Dream larger than life,” he said. And “get ready to put in the hard work and effort.”
Reintgen also offered students tips on improving their writing, starting with this simple suggestion: Practice.
“It’s more skill than art,” he said. “Skills can be learned. Skills, you practice.”
Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The mission of Ransom Everglades School is to provide an educational environment in which the pursuit of honor, academic excellence and intellectual growth is complemented by concern for the physical, cultural and character development of each student. The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.