Linda Poitevin lives just outside Canada’s capital, Ottawa, with her husband, three daughters, one very large husky/shepherd/Great Dane-cross dog, two cats, three rabbits, and a bearded dragon lizard. Turned down in her pursuit of a police career after a faulty height measurement, Linda vicariously lives out her dream of being a cop through her characters. When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found in her garden in the summer, hugging the fireplace in the winter, or walking her dog along the river in any season.
You mentioned at the launch how Sins of the Angels started off as a PNR; what made you stray from that path?
At the time I started writing the book, I was writing romance, so it made sense that I’d write a PNR. Unfortunately, lol, the characters didn’t agree. The longer I worked on the story, the clearer it became to me that it wasn’t going to have the necessary HEA ending that a romance required. I made the decision to let the characters tell their own story and see where it led…several drafts later, I had the kick-ass heroine, gritty urban setting, and supernatural element required for an urban fantasy. 🙂
Why did you decide to make your angels bad-ass instead of the customary happy fluffy kind?
I’ve always been a bit of a nonconformist, I’m afraid. It drives my husband nuts. I like to do things differently–not for the sake of being different despite what hubby might say) but because I want to see what’s outside the box. When I started thinking about the world-building in SINS OF THE ANGELS, I really wanted to take my angels in a different direction, and to have people see them in a whole new light.
Why did you choose to draw attention to the obstacles that living with schizophrenia brings? Did it just fit with your plot line or do you have a more personal attachment to the disorder?
I did use schizophrenia to fit with the plot line, but yes, I also have a more personal attachment. The illness isn’t an easy thing to live with for anyone involved…either the sufferer or the family & friends.
Not that I’m complaining about the minimal sizzle factor in book one but can we expect something naughtier out of Sins of the Son?
Mmm…not really, lol. So far, I’m really sticking with the UF elements rather than the romantic ones…should I apologize? 😉
Would you say that being a Canadian author is more of an advantage or a disadvantage? Why?
I really haven’t found it to be an issue as far as finding or working with an agent and editor. With regard to communication, everything is being done electronically these days, so there’s no waiting for edits to get through the border and I can reach my agent and editor at any time via cell phone. Publicity is a little more challenging, however. Because my publisher is based in NY, they really only focus on the US market, so any promotion on our side of the border falls to me. The upside of that is that I’m getting much more confident about the whole marketing end of things, lol.
What type of research did you do before writing Sins of the Angels?
Before? Pretty much none. It wasn’t until I hit about the half-way point that I started wanting to fill in the gaps. I tend to launch myself head-first into most projects, get as far as I can, and then decide I may need more information…which also drives my husband nuts. 🙂 I am trying to change that, however, and am already doing some research for a new series I have in mind.
The blurb for Sins of the Son isn’t available yet; can you give us any hints as to what we expect in the spring?
I was hoping to have the back copy from my editor so I could give you an “exclusive,” but unfortunately it hasn’t been finalized yet. To give you a quick rundown:
When Detective Alexandra Jarvis sees the photo of Seth Benjamin on a police poster, underscored by the words do you know this man, she knows Heaven’s contingency plan for stopping the Apocalypse has gone terribly wrong. As the only human who knows of Seth’s existence, she’s also the only one who stands a chance of putting things right. Aramael, former hunter of Fallen Angels, has been exiled from Heaven because of a traitor. Stripped of his powers and all but a faint memory of his mortal soulmate, Alex, he will stop at nothing to redeem himself. Even if it means murdering Seth in the name of his Creator. With Alex convinced she can save Seth—and through him, the world—and Aramael equally determined to carry out the assassination order he’s been given, the conflict between them could tip the world into the very chaos they’re trying to prevent.
How do you measure your success as a writer? At what point will you feel like you’ve “made it as an author”?
I always thought “making it” would be having a book in stores, on shelves. Now that I’ve attained that goal, however, I must admit that I’ve reevaluated my idea of success. I think I’m like most authors in wanting to see the New York Times Bestseller caption on my books (or even better, International Bestseller, lol). That would definitely make for a “made it” moment. 🙂 On a more practical note, I would really like to have my books generate enough income that I could make them my career, without having to divide my time and attention between stories and freelance work. Oh, and if I could earn enough to pay for a housekeeper, that would be beyond cool… 😀
Who’s responsible for the fab cover art?
Mike Heath at Magnus Creative…he’s amazing, isn’t he?
I have to ask… from one francophone to another… With a name like Poitevin are you French? Ever thought about writing a book in your mother tongue?
Confession time: you’re talking to an Anglophone…sorry! 🙁 Poitevin is my married name, and yes, my husband is Francophone. I do speak French, but only enough to hold down a basic conversation (though all my children are bilingual). So, no French books coming, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed for translation if foreign rights are sold. 🙂
Okay, be honest (I won’t tell!), was your husband really the inspiration behind Aramael’s character (as he’d like to believe)?
I haven’t told him this, but sadly…no. Aramael is purely a creature of fiction, lol!
You’re originally from BC and now living in the Ottawa region so why’d you pick Toronto as the location for Sins of the Angels?
I wanted Sins of the Angels to take place in a very large city, and because of the police procedural aspect, also wanted to keep the setting in Canada so that I could make sure I had my details right. Because Toronto is Canada’s largest city, it kind of won by default.
Carmel, thank you so much for hosting me on your blog! I loved your questions, and if your readers have anything they’d like to ask as well, I’d be happy to answer. 🙂
Penguin USA has offered two physical copies of the book to readers in the US/Canada. International readers are welcome to enter, but must be willing to accept an e-book from NetGalley instead.
If International readers would prefer a physical book, they can indicate so in their comments Linda will collect names for a post-tour International-only draw for three copies.
Please read my Giveaway Policy before entering. Ends November 18th at 11:59 PM.
To Enter: Leave a comment with your e-mail address.
Book Launch in Ottawa
Review: Sins of the Angels
Thanks Linda for stopping by! I hope to see you again in the spring for the release of Sins of the Son! Good Luck to those entering the giveaway!
About the Blogger
I review Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance books with a focus all things werewolf. Based out of Ottawa, Canada