Parajunkee Author InterviewLinda Pointevin, author of the dark Urban Fantasy Grigori Legacy Series

Linda Pointevin, Urban Fantasy Author

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.

Parajunkee [PJ]: First off Linda I would like to congratulate you on your forth-coming novel SINS OF THE ANGELS, releasing this September from ACE. Can you tell us, in your own words, about SINS OF THE ANGELS?

Linda Pointevin [LP]: Thanks so much, Rachel, and thank you for letting me visit today! I am incredibly excited to be here! SINS OF THE ANGELS is a dark urban fantasy about a homicide detective and an angel from heaven who must work together to hunt a fallen angel turned serial killer. It’s the first book in The Grigori Legacy series, and it crosses several genres, including suspense, police procedural, and paranormal.

PJ: SINS OF THE ANGELS is described as a dark Urban Fantasy. Why did you decide to write in this particular genre?

LP: I’m not sure I chose it as much as it chose me, lol. When I first started writing the story, I thought it was going to be a paranormal romance, but the further I got into it, the more I realized not. I ended up writing the full manuscript and then, when I was getting ready to query agents, I went looking for a genre to describe it. Urban fantasy was the best fit, and the book is definitely dark.

PJ: Can you tell the readers about your particular brand of paranormal and the world they live in?

LP: I pulled heavily from Christian angel mythology for the basic paranormal building blocks, putting my own twist on details as I added them into the book. For instance, I’ve used the actual names of the choirs of angels, but I’ve tweaked the order of their hierarchy somewhat, and put a bit of a spin on what it is they do. Aramael is a Power, for example, which is an angel described on a Catholic site as fighting against evil spirits who try to wreak havoc through human beings—I took that idea a step further and made the Powers hunters of fallen angels that interfere with humanity. For the angel world, I’ve used Heaven—again adding my own interpretation and making it a place of gardens and learning. Oh, and just for the record? God is a woman. 

PJ: Why did you decide to write about Angels?

LP: The first spark of inspiration came from the movie City of Angels. I liked the idea of angels moving unseen among us, but not necessarily the movie’s interpretation of them. The little “what if” process kicked in, and the rest is history. 

PJ: Why should we be scared of your fallen angels?

LP: Ah, now for this I really did turn to Christian mythology. Following the whole idea of Satan, the Fallen Ones in SINS OF THE ANGELS can walk among humanity as one of us, unknown and insidious. They are as powerful as their heavenly counterparts, held back from direct attack on us only by a very shaky agreement with God. In the interim, they have the ability to influence us and to tempt the darker sides of our selves, to lead us to commit unspeakable acts of horror against one another. I can’t think of anything more frightening.

PJ: How has the road to publication been for you?

LP: Long, lol. But that was partly my own fault. I’ve been working toward publication for about ten years, but there have been huge gaps in that time frame when I’ve set aside writing because of various life events. My first published book was actually a contemporary romance through an e-publisher. Long before it even became available, however, I already had SINS OF THE ANGELS polished and out on query to agents, and I knew that I wanted to focus on the urban fantasy genre. I was turned down by several agents before ending up with two offers (and a third request for a full manuscript). It was an exciting time, but also one of the toughest choices I’ve ever had to make, as both agents were SO amazing. Then, once I’d made my decision, my new agent had me do a complete rewrite of the novel…it was a huge lesson for me in learning to view my writing as a professional undertaking as well as a creative one, and the book ended up being much, much stronger. Even then, however, the manuscript was still declined by nine editors before Penguin picked it up. Interestingly, my editor loved all the things about the story that the other editors had considered flaws, namely that it did cross genres…which made me realize just how subjective this industry can be. So the road has certainly been uphill, but I wouldn’t change it for the world, because all along the way I’ve been honing my craft, learning from my mistakes, and just generally becoming a better writer.

PJ: How many books can we expect in the GRIGORI LEGACY series?

LP: There are currently four planned: SINS OF THE ANGELS (available now), SINS OF THE SON (releasing March 27, 2012), SINS OF THE RIGHTEOUS and untitled. I only have a contract for the first two at this point, however, as any future contract will hinge on how well this first book does in sales (no pressure, lol!).

PJ: Anything else in the works for you? Book tours, signings? Anything you would like to let us know about?

LP: There’s no such thing as a travel budget for a debut author, lol, so I’m “touring” virtually until November 12th. I will be doing some signings closer to home…so far just in the Ottawa and Montreal areas, but I’m looking at a possible trip to Toronto as well. My blog tour schedule and signing dates are all listed on the News & Events page of my website.

PJ: What is the scariest story that you heard as a child?

LP: I have the worst memory for childhood details…sigh. I know I absolutely loved the “Scary Tales” and “More Scary Tales” books, but for the life of me can’t remember any of the stories in them. All I know is that they were scary enough to make me sleep with the light on most nights. Having a younger brother with a twisted sense of humor scratching at my door didn’t help! 🙂

Sins of the Angels by Linda Pointevin

SINS OF THE ANGELS: The Grigori Legacy
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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