**AUTHOR PEEK** Interview with LINDA POITEVIN
Editorial Note to my Readers: I’ve decided to shake up the interview questions a bit for 2014 so you, my reader, can get to know the highlighted author a bit more beyond their genre and book release dates. I’m not even going to run the same questions each week. I hope you have fun reading the author’s answers!
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.
Thank you so much for the invitation to your blog today, Karen—I’m delighted to be here! Let’s see…about me. As much as I would like to be a full-time writer, fiction isn’t quite paying the bills yet, so I also do freelance writing & editing from home. I’ve just refocused my efforts on freelance blogging in particular, so I’m rather immersed in getting that up and running these days. It doesn’t leave a lot of time for hobbies, but I do still fit in my television addiction (we just discovered the series Suits) and some reading…and soon (fingers crossed) it will be spring and I’ll be back out in the garden again, too. 🙂
1. How did you get started writing?
I’ve been writing stories for myself since I read my first romance novel at age 12, but it wasn’t until my husband picked up one of my stories about 15 years ago that I started to think about publication. It’s been a long process of learning the craft interspersed with raising three children to get me to where I am now, lol!
2. What appeals to you about the genre that you write?
I’m currently writing dark urban fantasy (with romantic elements, of course), and I love the idea of making the supernatural ‘real’. There’s so much potential conflict for characters who suddenly discover that angels and Heaven and Hell actually exist, and I love exploring their reactions to the knowledge…and to what happens next.
3. What is your favorite part of writing?
The plotting in my head part, where I’m playing out scenes and conversations like they were movies. It all makes so much sense then…before I try and piece it together into a coherent novel. 😉
4. If you had to give up writing and do something else, what would you do instead?
If I could, I’d go back to police dispatch. That’s what I was doing when I met my husband (he’s a cop), and I absolutely loved that job. Maybe not the shift work so much, though…
5. What’s your favorite meal of the day?
Dinner. I love getting caught up on what happened in my husband’s day, and I love that feeling of the day slowing down.
6. Which are your favorite characters to write, the female characters or the male characters? The heroes and heroines, or the villains?
Ooh. Good question. I’m not sure I actually have a favorite, to be honest. If I’m working with a strong, well fleshed-out character, it doesn’t really matter if it’s a male or female, or even if it’s a hero or villain. All of them have such an integral role in the story, and all of them present their own challenges. I think that’s what I really like…the challenge.
7. Are you an avid reader? When you do read someone else’s writing, what is your favorite genre?
I don’t have nearly enough hours to devote to reading these days, but yes. I’ve always been an avid reader. I’m not picky about genre, though. I’m more interested in a good story than I am a particular shelf in the bookstore, so I read quite eclectically.
8. Many writers dream of having the ideal location to write. If you could live anywhere in the world or live a particular lifestyle, where would you be answering these questions right now?
In a little shed apart from the main house, tucked into the woods at the edge of the garden. It would have to have electrical for my computer, of course, and a wood stove for heat. Also a desk, a comfy reading chair (wingback) with a footrest, a dog bed, a mini fridge, and a coffee pot. But no phones! 😉
9. If you were a color, what color would you be and why?
Right now I would be green, because it’s the end of January here and I would really, really like to see that color again…soon!
10. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?
I’m currently working on the fourth and final book in the Grigori Legacy series—tentatively entitled Sins of the Warrior. No pub date yet, sorry!
Links to Linda’s website, blog, books, etc.
BE SURE TO COME BACK to read more about Linda and her release, SINS OF THE ANGELS, on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench!! Happy Reading!
**SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Linda will give away a signed copy of her book, SINS OF THE ANGELS (available to a winner in Canada or the U.S.) to one of her lucky readers who comments on her Monday Interview or Wednesday Book Bench blogs!! Don’t miss this chance to read this story!! Thanks, Linda, for sharing your stories with us!