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Friday, November 4, 2011

Author Spotlight and Giveaway! Linda Poitevin author of 'Sins of The Angels'


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Linda Poitevin was born and raised in B.C., Canada’s westernmost province. Growing up in an era when writing was “a nice hobby, dear, but what are you going to do for a living?”, Linda worked at a variety of secretarial jobs before applying to be a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). Due to an error in measurement, however, she was turned down when she didn’t meet the height requirement of that time. Undeterred, Linda became a civilian member in the force and was a dispatcher for two and a half years, during which time she met her husband, a police officer...




Tell us 3 random things about yourself.

My favorite color is blue. I played baritone saxophone in my high school band. One day, I want to live beside water.


What is 'A Day in the life of Linda Poitevin' like?

Busy, lol. A rough schedule would look like this:
5:30 Wake, feed dog & cats, make coffee, make daughter’s lunch, make breakfast
6:00 – 6:45 eat, check email, Twitter, & Facebook; get dressed
6:45 Call daughter, take dog for walk
7:30 Start dinner in the crockpot
7:45 Drive daughter to school
9:00 Arrive home again, clean kitchen, start laundry, tidy
10:00 – 1:30 Write
1:30 – 2:30 Marketing, business stuff
2:30 – leave to pick up daughter
4:00 – arrive home, feed dog, finalize dinner,
5:00 – 6:00 dinner
6:30 – 8:00 computer (again)
8:00 – 10:00 collapse with wine and television
10:00 – bed

In and around there, our youngest daughter has Air Cadets twice a week and church once a week, hubby has Tae Kwon Do once a week, and I try to have coffee with at least one friend.


Sins of the Angels has such a unique premise! What came first for you: The idea for the story or the characters?

The characters, I think...though it all kind of just blended together, with the story evolving as I wrote the characters. I like to say that I’m just telling their story as they tell it to me, but my husband says that makes me sound…odd, lol!

What inspired you to make the Grigori series? A song by Sarah McLachlan was the original inspiration. Angel has a line in it, “You’re safe in the arms of the angel, may you find some comfort there,” that made me wonder about whether an angel’s arms really would be safe…or if they might actually be a really scary place to find yourself. J

Alexandra is a bold, independent character. Was she an easy character to write? She really was. I’ve known a lot of female cops over the years, and she’s kind of a blend of many of them. Very professional and with a tough exterior, but still very human on the inside.

Did you come across any challenges while writing Sins of the Angels?

Writing it was a challenge in and of itself, lol. The book took 10 years from start to finish, mostly because life had this habit of getting in the way, *sigh*. I was raising a family, homeschooling my youngest daughter, working at freelance writing…finding the time, let alone the brainpower, to be creative was sometimes just beyond my capacity. But—and this is important!—I never gave up.

What is your ideal writing environment?

I’ve given up on ideals, to be honest. I’ve created more writing corners in my house than I can count, and each time I seem to lose it to other family needs, lol. I did briefly have an office with a door when one daughter moved out, but then she moved back again…now my desk is in the dining room. I’m just happy if I can have the house to myself for a few hours a day!

Do you have any writing must haves? (i.e. music, snacks, etc)

Music, both because it blocks out external noises and keeps me focused, and because I find it a powerful creative tool, helping me to really immerse myself in my characters’ emotions. What authors have been most influential to your writing? I think every author I’ve ever read has influenced me. I’ve read widely in many genres, and I think my subconscious has absorbed lessons (both good and bad) from just about every book.

If you could invite any 5 people to dinner(dead or alive, fact or fiction) who would you invite?

Jane Austen, Albert Einstein, Bill Bryson, Katherine Hepburn, and Michelle Obama. Wow, that would make for an interesting dinner party, wouldn’t it?

Finish this sentence: "I can't live without..."

My family. They keep me going, keep me focused, and keep me grounded.

What book are on your 'To be Read' list that you can't wait to get to?

Right now I have Erin Kellison’s Shadow Fall and Shadowman waiting for me; I just finished Mike Mullin’s Ashfall and can’t wait for Ash Winter to come out; and I am dying for Jim Butcher’s Ghost Story to come out in paperback!

Thank you so much, Linda! It is a pleasure having you.


Cathy, thank you for having me to visit today! I’ve had a wonderful time, and if your readers have anything else they’d like to ask me, I’d be happy to answer.

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Linda Poitevin is giving away one copy of Sins of the Angels to one lucky winner!

To Enter:
  • Must be 13 years of age or older to enter
  • Giveaway open to Canada/US
  • Giveaway ends November 18th, 2011
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