S.R.Claridge writes Mystery and Romantic Suspense novels. Her work has been said to have the energy of Dan Brown, the mystery of Mary Higgins Clark and the humor of Janet Evanovich. Claridge novels will take you to the edge of your seat, keep you guessing until the very end and ultimately warm your heart. It is on the pages of every S.R.Claridge novel that Mystery and Sensual Suspense collide.

For more information on bookings, interviews and upcoming releases, please visit the author website and Facebook fan page.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Mystery We Write Tour: Joyce Lavene

Joyce Lavene writes bestselling mystery with her husband/partner Jim. They have written and published more than 60 novels for Harlequin, Berkley 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, Rudi.


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, North Carolina, Dae O’Donnell, is a woman with a gift for finding lost things. When her boyfriend Kevin’s ex-fiancĂ©e 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-fiancĂ© might be the only person who can help find her.


Where can we find out more about you and your books?


Twitter: @authorjlavene


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




  1. Joyce, I loved this post. You are one of the few who didn't want to be a writer as a child. Maybe that's the key to success. So fun learning about a writer i don't know but plan to get better acquainted with.

  2. That's an impressive number of books to have written! Congrats!

  3. I agree with Collin, 60 books! You and your husband should be very proud.


  4. Thanks Collin and Madeline! It's been a lot of hard work but it's been fun too!

  5. I'm late in commenting because we're on the road home, but wanted to say that I can't wait to get my hands on your books.

  6. Interesting post. I am so glad your husband convinced you to write!
    W.S. Gager on Writing


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