5 Questions with Jim Lavene

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Today I am sharing Jim Lavene’s answers to 5 Questions. Mr. Lavene is part of a writing team, with his wife Joyce, that has written numerous mystery series over the past decade and a half. Today he is  at I read What You Write to talk about their book “Those Who Walk In Darkness“. You can click on the link to read our 5 Star Review. 


About The Authors:


Joyce and Jim Lavene write award-winning, bestselling mystery fiction as themselves, J.J. Cook, and Ellie Grant. 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.


A  Few of Their Works:

Christmas Tree Valley Mysteries
Pumpkin Patch Mysteries
Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade Mysteries
Biscuit Bowl Food Truck Mysteries
Pie in the Sky Mysteries

Author Links: Website / Facebook / Amazon / Twitter



5 Questions:

To start with can you tell us a little about yourself and the project we are seeing today?

I’m Jim Lavene and I write cozy mysteries and urban fantasy. I have written more than 80 novels in romance, mystery, and urban fantasy genres.

Those Who Walk In Darkness:
Three years ago in 1867, Julia Jackson was a well to do young woman from Boston whose fiancé, Jonathon, was killed right before her eyes. Obsessed with finding the killer, a man whose face she saw only in a flash as he walked up and shot Jonathon, she leaves her family and her life behind. She starts a new life as ‘Jacks’ Jackson—a cigar smoking, dead eye, female Pinkerton agent…pretending to be a man.

Lian- Welcome to our blog.

What does it mean to you to be called an author?

The only distinction it really gives me is that I’m a published writer.

That is an interesting take on it.

What advice do you have for new authors, like me?

Know what you want to write and pursue it with everything you have. If you want to be successful, don’t give up, just try to be the best writer you can be.

That is great advice.

If you could be friends with a character in one of your stories who would it be and what kinds of things would you do together?

I’d love to be friends with Stella, the fire chief in Sweet Pepper Tennessee. She has a friend that’s a ghost and it would be neat to talk with Eric the ghost.

It could be loads of fun to have a ghost for a friend

Who do your stories appeal to?

I like to think they appeal to people who want to see the bad guys come to justice and enjoy new places and visit with old friends.

All the reasons people read mysteries in the first place!


 Many Thanks to Jim Lavene for his answers. You can see their books at Amazon





Those Who Walk In Darkness (Jacks Jackson Mystery) (Volume 1)




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