Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Interview with Joyce and Jim Lavene

Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.

We write in romance, mystery, science fiction, and fantasy. We are a married couple, and have been writing together for 16 years. We also write under the names Elyssa Henry, Joye Ames, J.J. Cook and Ellie Grant.

Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.

Murderous Matrimony is the sixth book in the Renaissance Faire Mysteries. The setting is two weeks before the wedding of Jessie Morton and Chase Manhattan. The couple live at a Ren Faire in Myrtle Beach, SC.  Jessie is being haunted by a blue ghost, and is trying to solve the murder of  Madman Dave. She has many suspects on her list, but it’s hard to focus when so much is going on.

Are you parents?

Yes. We are parents or three grown children, and grandparents of five growing children that we are involved with on a daily basis.

Have you ever based your book or characters on actual events or people from your own life?

Yes! We killed off a few of our daughters’ boyfriends in our books. There was also that annoying neighbor who insisted on cutting his grass at midnight. We took care of him too – in a book, of course!

Is there a theme or message in your work that you would like readers to connect to?

Our theme is always that we should all have a good time and enjoy ourselves. Life is too short for anything else!

What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?

Maybe that Joyce is a pirate at heart, and that Jim is a dragon.

When you’re not writing what do you do? Do you have any hobbies or guilty pleasures?

We love to drive to strange places and take photos. We’re always looking for the odd nook and cranny. Haunted houses are our favorite!

Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why?

Our favorite might be the ghost of Fire Chief Eric Gamlyn in our Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade Mysteries. He’s a handful!

If this book is part of a series…what is the next book? Any details you can share?

The next book in our Renaissance Faire Mysteries is Bewitching Boots, the tale of a boot maker who descends from elves. He opens a shop at the Ren Faire, and murder ensues. But not before Jessie gets a great new pair of magical boots! That book will be out in late 2014.

What is next for you? Do you have any scheduled upcoming releases or works in progress?

The next Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade Mystery, Playing with Fire, will be out January 7th, 2014. Sweet Pepper Fire Chief Stella Griffin is determined to help the ghost of the former fire chief Eric Gamlyn find out who killed him.

Murderous Matrimony
Renaissance Faire Mysteries
Book 6
Joyce and Jim Lavene

Genre: paranormal mystery


Number of pages: 206
Word Count: 55,000

Cover Artist: Emily Andreis

Book Description:

In less than two short weeks, Jessie Morton will marry Chase Manhattan at the Renaissance Faire Village and Marketplace. But so much can go wrong in that short time. A man is murdered in Jessie's new Arts and Crafts Museum and her assistant is being scrutinized for the deed. Chase's brother and parents have arrived and are still against their marriage. Wanda's ghost is busy making Jessie's life miserable. The Ren Faire wedding of her dreams may never take place. Can she talk Chase into eloping before it's too late?

About the Authors:

Joyce and Jim Lavene write award-winning, bestselling paranormal mystery fiction as themselves and J.J. Cook. They have written and published more than 70 novels for Harlequin, Berkley, Amazon, and Gallery Books along with hundreds of non-fiction articles for national and regional publications. They live in rural North Carolina with their family.


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