Linda Poitevin was born and raised in B.C., Canada’s westernmost province. Growing up in an era when writing was “a nice hobby, dear, but what are you going to do for a living?”, Linda worked at a variety of secretarial jobs before applying to be a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). Due to an error in measurement, however, she was turned down when she didn’t meet the height requirement of that time. Undeterred, Linda became a civilian member in the force and was a dispatcher for two and a half years, during which time she met her husband, a police officer.
Following their transfer to Ottawa, Linda went on to become a real estate agent and then a human resources consultant before starting a family. She has been a stay-at-home mom ever since and has homeschooled her youngest daughter for the last nine years. Now that she has realized writing can be more than a nice hobby, she continues to live her dream of being a cop vicariously through her characters.
Linda currently lives near Ottawa with her husband, three daughters, one very large husky/shepherd/Great Dane-cross dog, two cats, three rabbits, and a bearded dragon lizard. When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found in her garden or walking her dog along the river or through the woods.
In addition to her books, Linda also does freelance writing and editing. Information about her services can be found at www.lindapoitevin.ca. Linda is a member of Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, Quebec Writers' Federation, Romance Writers of America, RWA Futuristic Fantasy Paranormal Chapter, and Ottawa Romance Writers' Association.
You can find her on Twitter and at her author website.
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If you Google “angels new trend in literature,” you get a host (no pun intended) of hits. Interestingly, several of them are directly related to the YA (young adult) audience. Even more interestingly, many of the links date back to 2009. It seems that people have been predicting that angels would take over as “the new vampires” for a good couple of years. But have they done so?
Browse the fantasy section of a bookstore and you’ll certainly find a number of angel-themed books, making it clear that authors are at least dabbling in this arena. At least in my local bookstore, however, the vampires and werefolk still heavily outweigh the heavenly. Heck, even the demons seem to be doing better. But why? If predictions of the growing popularity of angels track back two or more years, why haven’t they proved true yet? Why haven’t angels taken over the bookshelves the way vampires once did?
Some time ago, I read a blog/article (I really need to remember to bookmark these things <sigh>) that ventured the opinion that many fiction authors considered angel mythology to be a taboo subject—or at least tended to tiptoe around the idea. While angel mythologies appear in some form or another in nearly all religions around the world, the writer postulated, they figure prominently in the Christian faiths…and for many, there is a certain factor of uneasiness involved in writing about what is commonly seen as a symbol of Christianity (apparently, however, I have no such qualms, lol).
Is the writer of that blog/article right? Maybe, maybe not. I can’t say for sure why the angel theme in fiction is underutilized, but I do think we as authors have barely begun to explore its potential. As for whether or not they’ll be the new vampires, you tell me…what do you think?