Before we get started talking about your writing, tell us a little about yourself, where you’re from, what you do for a living (if you’re not a full-time writer) what hobbies you have, etc. Whatever you’d like to share to introduce yourself.
Greetings, everyone! And thank you so very much for hosting me here today, Karen! It’s a pleasure to be back. I’m Linda Poitevin, and I hail from Canada’s capital city of Ottawa (or at least, near there ). I’ve published six novels so far, and I’m working hard at making novel-writing my full-time work. I’ve actually been a stay-at-home mom for 24 years, but as my youngest is now 21 and getting ready to leave the nest, I won’t be able to claim that status for much longer *sigh*. I do some corporate writing on the side, and am hugely blessed with a husband who is willing to support me in my dream (I think believes in my writing more than I do some days, to be honest!). In my spare time, I garden, take long walks in the woods with Giant Dog, give belly rubs to the Itty Bitty Kitty, and do reams of crochet while watching television (two birds, one stone, right?).
1. How did you get started writing?
I’ve always loved words. I wrote poems all through elementary and high school, started writing romance stories after reading my first Harlequin at the age of 12, and even wrote fanfic (that will never see the light of day!) at times (I do love a brooding Batman, don’t you?). For me, writing provides the same kind of escape that reading does…except I get to be in control of the story.
2. What genre(s) do you write in and why?
I write both dark urban fantasy and contemporary romance. I tell people it’s because I have a dark side and a light side, lol! In all seriousness, however, I think it’s because I enjoy such a wide range of books myself: suspense, thrillers, romances, dystopians, sci-fi, fantasy, even some horror.
3. What do you think about when you’re alone in your car?
At one time, the car was my very best place for running scenes through my head or coming up with new stories. Probably because I had three kids and that was the only time I had peace and quiet. These days, I do more plotting and story-thinking on my walks with Giant Dog, and I tend to be more focused on the mundane while driving.
4. What is your favorite part of writing?
Believe it or not, the editing stage. I love taking the rough draft and massaging it into a tight, polished story.
5. What is your least favorite part of writing?
The halfway to two-thirds mark of the first draft. That’s where it feels like the entire story is falling apart, and I begin to question (1) the entire storyline, (2) my ability to write, and (3) my sanity for wanting to do so. Fortunately, I’ve learned this is just a part of my process, and I’m getting better at working through it!
6. Pick two celebrities to be your parents. Who would they be and why?
No way. I couldn’t have asked for better parents than the ones I had, and I can’t imagine having grown up with anyone else.
7. Where do you get the ideas for your stories?
Everywhere. Movies, television, books, overheard conversations in coffee shops, watching people on the street…just about anything can spark the ‘what if’ question that heralds the beginning of a story.
8. Tell me about your ideal reader.
For the Grigori Legacy series, it would be someone who loves television series such as Supernatural—if you like the brooding Castiel-type, you’re going to love the Archangel Michael!
9. What is your “go to” routine that helps you get in the mood to write? Special beverage? Music? Etc.
Mornings work best for me creatively, so I start by feeding the cats, walking the dog, making coffee and breakfast, and then checking social media/email while the coffee kicks in. By 7:30 a.m., I’m ready to go, and I’ll write until lunchtime. Unless I’m procrastinating, of course, but I’m getting better at managing that…sometimes…ish.
10. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?
Sins of the Warrior came out September 18th. It’s the fourth and final book in the Grigori Legacy series, and it winds up the story of our very kick-ass heroine, Alexandra Jarvis, who has been caught up in the war between Heaven and Hell. It’s available both as an e-book and in print. You can find links for it and all my other books on my website.
Be sure to come back to read more about LINDA and SINS OF THE WARRIOR, Grigori Legacy Series, Book Four, on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench. Happy Reading!
Links to Linda’s website, blog, books, etc.