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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Tuesday Spotlight: Linda Poitevin

This post is part of Linda's Virtual Book Tour celebrating the release of her debut novel A Fairy Tale for Gwyn. Linda will be giving away a pair of artisan-crafted earrings as well as a $10 gift certificate to The Wild Rose Press (a total prize package worth $20) to one lucky commenter.

Her other stops can be found here. Remember, the more you comment, the better your chances of winning.

Warm…warmer…getting hot…Mommy!!!

Ah, the joys of having children. No matter what age they are, it seems that the crises never end. My kids have reached a stage of relative independence, but their personal disasters only seem to have grown along with them. We’ve moved from fights over games to fights over borrowed clothing; from misplaced toys to misplaced bus passes; from being late for school to being late for a university exam or work. Same issues, different manifestations. Because I don’t have an office with a door in my home, those issues invariably end up involving me…or at least interrupting me.

And nowhere are these interruptions more intrusive than when I’m at a critical point in a book. While all writing requires an immense amount of concentration and focus, highly emotional scenes are just that much more intense. Which makes writing them around a family just that much more challenging:

Strong fingers traced her jawline, trailed lower, slipped beneath the edge of – Daughter Number One calls, “Mom, have you seen my umbrella? I left it right here in the front hall and now it’s gone!”

“In the closet where it belongs.”

– her v-neck sweater. Her breath fluttered in the back of her throat like – “It’s not there! Oh, wait, I found it. But I’m going to be late for the bus now!”

“Run for it and call me if you miss it.” Daughter Number One slams out of the house with a mutter I decide I’d rather not hear.

–the wings of a trapped butterfly. “Wait,” she whispered. “What if someone – “

“We’re out of milk,” Daughter Number Two informs me from the kitchen. “And bananas. And – “

“I’m getting groceries today.” I stare grimly at the computer monitor, determined not to lose my focus.

“ – hears us?” Her flutter of breath stopped altogether as he tugged her toward him. Slowly. Inexorably.

“But there’s nothing for my lunch.”

“Take some money out of my wallet.”

“I don’t have time to stop anywhere.”

“And I don’t have a magic wand.” More mutters, more ignoring. I read over what I have so far, trying to catch hold of the moment. Hand slipping lower, breath fluttering, tugging…

Daughter Number Three turns from the desktop computer where she’s been working (blessedly) quietly. Until now. “Hey, Mom, how do you spell penguin?”

Really, it’s a wonder that my characters don’t walk out on one another – or me – in sheer frustration.

Gwyn Jacobs doesn’t believe in happy-ever-after.

Ever since her ex-husband walked out four years ago, abandoning her with a toddler and infant twins, Gwyn has been mother, father, and bread-winner all rolled into one. Her own scarred heart and failed marriage aside, she is determined not to open up her children’s lives to the possibility of another heartbreak...until her very own fairy tale falls into her lap -- and the hero won’t take no for an answer!


Maureen said...

My children are also young adults still living at home and it is amazing to me the silly questions they ask.
mce1011 AT aol DOT com

Linda Poitevin said...

So true, Maureen -- they can be so incredibly astute and independent at times that it takes away my breath, however, so I figure I've done something right! :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Anonymous said...

Hi Linda,

I wish I could say I can't relate to your post! But, sadly, I understand those frustrations only too well. I guess that's why I usually write when no one is at home (and that includes my husband LOL).

Your post made me laugh. Thanks!

Linda Poitevin said...

Lisa -- And why I've given up on writing at home at all and now escape to the coffee shop! :) It's a sad state of affairs when total strangers are more respectful of your space than your family...

Glad I was able to give you a chuckle!


robynl said...

it seems as if mother is the only one who can find things and know where most things are. I remember Mom being able to open a drawer and find something that Dad or one of the kids had been looking for and couldn't find; but Mom found it. LOL.

Linda Poitevin said...

I don't know about you, Robyn, but I keep a running list in my head as I come across things. Drives me nuts sometimes, but I suppose someone has to keep track of things. :)