Fiction Vixen is pleased to welcome Author Linda Poitevin today.
Because I’m a pantser rather than a plotter, I’m often surprised by what happens in my stories. That was very much the case when I first began writing Sins of the Angels.
Originally entitled “The Tenth Choir,” it was intended to be a single-title paranormal romance, but by the time I got about halfway into the story, it became clear to me that it had grown way beyond a single book…and (spoiler alert!) that the required HEA just wasn’t going to happen (at least, not in the traditional romantic way).
I didn’t have to give the issue of genre much thought until I had a completed manuscript and was ready to query agents, at which point I knew I had to call it something because the publishing industry is very much about labels. But if the story wasn’t a paranormal romance, what was it?
After much deliberation and even more research, I settled on calling the story a dark urban fantasy. Because the series takes place in a modern urban setting and it does have fantastical elements (angels), the UF genre seemed the best fit. It isn’t perfect, however. Sins of the Angels actually crosses many genres—more, even, than I myself had identified. Reviewers have likened it to everything from mystery to urban fantasy to thriller to paranormal romance to, of all things, horror (I must admit, I still don’t get that one, lol). One of my beta readers, an avid reader of detective novels, even considers it a police procedural with a paranormal element.
Personally, if it were left up to me, I would describe Sins of the Angels as a supernatural thriller, a description I think encompasses all—or at least most—of its elements. As that classification doesn’t exist in bookstores, however, urban fantasy remains the closest match . . . so now, when you’re at the bookstore, you know where to find it.
Linda would like to giveaway two copies of Sins of the Angels. Winners may choose either hard copy or Net Galley e-book format.
Open to US and Canadian readers, and to international readers who can accept a Net Galley e-book (in other words, physical books will be shipped only to US/Canada addresses).
International readers who would like to win a hard copy may state so in their comments. Names will be collected for a special International Readers Only draw at the end of the blog tour on November 14th, at which time three names will be drawn from all international entrants over the duration of the tour. (FV giveaway is open until Nov. 4th winner announced soon after)