Joyce and Jim Lavene, mystery authors

Joyce and Jim Lavene, mystery authors

Joyce: Writing with another person isn’t always easy. There’s the decision-making you have to share.

Jim: And the times you have to back down from what YOU want that the other person doesn’t want.

Joyce: Sometimes when you wake up at 2 am and excitedly tell your partner about your great new idea, he (or she) isn’t all that impressed.

Jim: And when you want to write, but your partner has a migraine, you have to wait.

Joyce: There are always characters you’d really like to kill off that your partner loves and wants to carry on to another book.

Jim: And things your partner thinks are important to the story that you’d like to throw in the trash.

Joyce: Book titles! That can be a nightmare. Some people have the worst taste in book titles.

Jim: But you have to tell them nicely that their title isn’t going to work, no matter how much she likes it.

Joyce: Hey! That’s getting personal!

Jim: Writing with another person is personal. It enters into every aspect of your life. You share characters and plot lines and red herrings in every book.

Joyce: And you want to talk about it during dinner parties with non-writers who don’t get it.

Jim: So it’s a good thing we like writing together, right? Otherwise, we’d kill each other instead of the characters we cook up.

Joyce: That’s true. I do like writing with you and sharing our ideas.

Jim: And we have each other to talk to when we’re sitting at a tiny table in a bookstore where everyone is ignoring us and looking for Fifty Shades of Grey books.

Joyce: I can’t think of anyone else I’d like to write with more than you. I love our books and our characters, even the evil ones.

Jim: You mean like the ones in our new book, A Haunting Dream, the fourth Missing Pieces book? We really threw a lot at our protagonist in this book. More than she had to face in the first three books; A Timely Vision, A Touch of Gold, or A Spirited Gift.

Joyce: Yes! Poor Mayor Dae O’Donnell. She really has her hands full in this book. Not only is she dealing with Kevin’s ex-fiancé, Ann Porter, coming to take him away, she has those awful dreams about little Betsy Sparks being kidnapped. And she’s seeing Betsy’s murdered father, Chuck Sparks, everywhere she goes. It can’t be easy with the change in her psychic gift for finding lost things. Now she has to find a lost child, and she’ll have to ask for Ann’s help to do it. That’s a lot of responsibility, especially while you’re trying to run a store AND run for mayor.

Jim: Maybe we shouldn’t be so hard on her in the next book.

A Haunting Dream by Joyce and Jim Lavene, mystery

A Haunting Dream by Joyce and Jim Lavene, mystery

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-fiancé 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.

Joyce and Jim Lavene write bestselling mystery fiction. 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. They live in rural North Carolina with their family, Quincy, their black cat, and their rescue dog, Rudi. Visit them at

Twitter: @authorjlavene

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