Joyce Lavene writes bestselling mystery with her husband/partner Jim. They have written and published more than 60 novels for Harlequin,
and Charter Books along with hundreds
of non-fiction articles for national and regional publications. She lives in
rural North Carolina with her family, her cat, Quincy, and her rescue dog,
I had the privilege of interviewing Joyce Lavene and I hope you enjoy the interview as much as I did.
Q. What did you want to be when you grew up?
A. A writer. I wrote my first poem when I was nine and my first novel when I was 14. That was the only thing I wanted to do, much to my mother’s disappointment. She wanted me to be a nurse.
Q. At what point in your life did you decide you wanted to become a published author?
A. I didn’t think about being published until I got married and my husband (now my writing partner) told me I was a great writer. Then he said we should write together and get novels published. I told him he was crazy! After 13 years as a published writer with more than 60 books in print, I guess I was the crazy one!
Q. In what genre do you write? If you were to choose another genre, what would it be and why?
A. I primarily write mystery though I have written about 18 romance novels and was first published in romance. I really like both genres and would like to write romantic suspense when I grow up.
Q. What made you choose to write the particular novel(s) you have written?
A. Because they were something I (and my partner) were interested in. we have written NASCAR mysteries, Renaissance Faire, coastal, mountains, sheriffs, little old ladies.
Q. What is something you wish you could do better?
A. I wish I was a better writer.
Q. Who is one of your favorite authors?
A. Barbara Hambly.
Can you give us a taste of your novel, A Haunting Dream?
The mayor of Duck,
, Dae O’Donnell, is a woman
with a gift for finding lost things. When her boyfriend Kevin’s ex-fiancée
Ann arrives in Duck looking for a second chance, Dae suddenly finds herself
facing certain heartache. And while her romantic life is in shambles, she’s
even more concerned by the sudden change in her gift. After touching a
medallion owned by a local named Chuck Sparks, Dae is shocked when her vision
reveals his murder—and a cry for help. Dae doesn’t know what to make of the
dead man’s plea to “Help her,” until she has another vision about a kidnapped
girl—Chuck’s daughter, Betsy. With a child missing, the FBI steps in to take
over the case. But Dae can’t ignore her visions of Betsy, or the fact that
Kevin’s psychic ex-fiancé might be the only person who can help find her. North Carolina
Where can we find out more about you and your books?
Visit us at www.joyceandjimlavene.com
Where can readers purchase A Haunting Dream?
Win a copy of A Haunting Dream, the fourth book in the Missing Pieces Mysteries, by leaving your name at my blog: http://romanceofmystery.blogspot.com