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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

“When I’m not writing” with Linda Poitevin

image This week, our featured writer is a fellow Canuck, Linda Poitevin! Though she visited Tynga’s Reviews a couple months ago as part of her blog tour for Sins of the Angels, we just can’t get enough of her. Linda has graciously agreed to return today, this time to talk about her life outside of writing. And while there’s part of me that would prefer to chain Linda to her desk so she’ll write more Gregori Legacy stories, it’s been an absolute delight getting a glimpse into her life off the page. Enjoy!



When Jenn contacted me about participating in Tynga’s “When I’m not writing” event, I immediately thought “Where in heck would I even begin?!?” or something equally borderline-hysterical. Why? Perhaps because, on any given day, my to-do list rivals one of my own books (336 pages) for length…and no matter how hard I try to reverse the trend, it keeps growing. At one point, I even had a list of my lists. That’s just sad, don’t you think?

No matter how hard I try, it seems that I’m one of those people destined to be running after the rest of the world, pleading with it to “Wait for me!” When Christmas is looming, I’m blinking in confusion, wondering what happened to May and the summer I planned to spend in my garden; when June arrives, I remember that I wanted to start my own tomato and cucumber seeds…in March. And so my life goes. *sigh*


On the other hand, if I’m honest, I have to admit that I’m the author of my own failure to succeed in life outside my writing. While I try to maintain a modicum of organization, the truth is that, regardless of the length or importance of my daily to-do list, I am all too willing to be distracted. If a nice day beckons, I would much rather be out walking the trails with my dog than doing laundry; if a friend calls for coffee, I’m in…and the yard-chore list is cheerfully out. And if a story demands my attention? Yeah, not much chance of reality winning out over that one, lol!


So to answer Jenn’s question of what I do when I’m not writing, I juggle the rest of my own life along with those of my husband and my not-quite-yet-entirely independent children. I try to keep myself reasonably organized and not panic when my stack of lists grows tall enough to become a hazard. I try to be the calm in the storm my own life can become on occasion. And I happily wander off the path of good intentions as often as I possibly can, because truthfully? Life is just too darned short to be responsible all the time.

What about you? What do you do when you’re not [insert occupation of choice here]? Are you any better at ignoring the distractions than I am?


Thank you, Linda, for coming back to visit us! Hopefully we’ll see you again soon.

If this isn’t enough Linda for you, you can visit her website or check out her books.



A detective with a secret lineage. An undercover Hunter with a bullet-proof soul. And a world made to pay for the sins of an angel…

Homicide detective Alexandra Jarvis answers to no one. Especially not to the new partner assigned to her in the middle of a gruesome serial killer case-a partner who is obstructive, irritatingly magnetic, and arrogant as hell.

Aramael is a Power—a hunter of the Fallen Angels.  A millennium ago, he sentenced his own brother to eternal exile for crimes against humanity. Now his brother is back and wreaking murderous havoc in the mortal realm. To find him, Aramael must play second to a human police officer who wants nothing to do with him and whose very bloodline threatens both his mission and his soul.

Now, faced with a fallen angel hell-bent on triggering the apocalypse, Alex and Aramael have no choice but to join forces, because only together can they stop the end of days.

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Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository



Coming March 27, 2012!

A detective with a secret…

When homicide detective Alexandra Jarvis sees a photo of Seth Benjamin on a police bulletin, she knows that Heaven’s plan to halt Armageddon has gone terribly wrong. As the only mortal aware of Seth’s true nature, only she can save him.

An exiled angel turned assassin…

Aramael was a hunter of Fallen Angels until a traitor forced him into earthly exile. Now, with no powers and only a faint memory of Alex, his mortal soulmate, he will stop at nothing to redeem himself—even if it means destroying Seth in the name of the Creator.

A world with little chance of redemption…

As Alex’s need to protect Seth sets her on a fiery course with the determined Aramael, the coming conflict between them may push the world over the edge—and into the very chaos they’re trying to prevent.

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Preorder: Amazon | Book Depository


“When I’m not writing” will be taking a break for December since Tynga’s running an amazing event for the holidays. But we’ll be back in January with more authors!


Do you guys have suggestions for who you’d like to see featured on the blog? If so, you can make your suggestions on this page. No guarantees that your favorite authors will be able to participate but we’ll try!

Authors, would you like to participate? We’d love to have you. Please email me at jennblogs (at) gmail (dot) com and we’ll set it up!


Born and raised in the Toronto area, Jenn moved to St. John's, Newfoundland, eight years ago for school. She's still in school (thankfully on another degree!), now trapped in her dissertation. When she's not dissertating, which happens more often than it should, Jenn spends her time reading, watching movies, playing volleyball, travelling, and enjoying the local music scene. Her latest addictions: yoga and Almond Crunch cereal.

5 People left their mark' :

  1. Loved SINS OF THE ANGELS and great interview! It's nice to know that someone gets distracted as easily as I do. :P

  2. Great post Linda. And I agree, life is to short not to enjoy it when you have the opportunity.

  3. @Theresa -- So glad you liked SINS, and also glad I'm not the only distractable one! :)

    @Aurian -- Thank you! :)

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