August 8, 2015

Give 'Em Pumpkin to Talk About by Joyce and Jime Lavene - Interview and Giveaway

Published: August 4, 2015
Number of pages: 199
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Series: Pumpkin Patch Mystery #1

Richmond attorney Sarah Tucker returns to sell her family’s abandoned farm in Misty River, Virginia despite unanswered questions about her grandparents’ disappearance sixteen years earlier. Sarah was only twelve when she went to visit and found her grandparents had vanished. No amount of searching has brought answers.
Now Sarah is faced with other issues when a man is killed who claimed to have information about what happened to her grandparents. She learns of a Confederate chest of gold that is said to be buried on the property, and treasure hunters who are willing to do anything to get their hands on it.
Were her grandparents murdered for the gold? Sarah can’t sell the land and go back to her life until she has answers. But the cost of the answers may be her life.
Includes farm-fresh recipes!

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.

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1.       Who or what inspired you to start writing?
Joyce: I can’t remember a time that I didn’t write.
Jim: But together, we started writing in the late 80s when we were looking for the next phase of our lives as our kids were growing up. We had run an office supply for 15 years together and wanted to try something else. I didn’t write but I loved to read and I tried to be a fast learner.

2.       What do you do to help you get over writer's block?
Jim: Maybe because there are two of us, we never have writer’s block. I suppose if we did, we’d talk aver the story until we knew what was wrong.

3.       Do you have scheduled writing time or a certain amount of words you write each day?
Joyce: Yes. We write every morning Monday through Friday, about 5,000 words per day. We do revisions and edits in the afternoons with promotion work.

4.       Where do you get your ideas for your books?
Jim: It all depends on the book. Give ‘Em Pumpkin to Talk About came about because we passed an abandoned farm on a back road with a sign that said Pumpkin Patch. It was hanging by one chain and washed out just like in the story. We’re not sure what it was about it but it inspired us.

5.       When you are not writing what do you like to do?
Jim: Tinker with computers, drive on back roads, watch old movies.
Joyce: Photography, watercolor, garden.

6.       What one piece of advice would you like to give to aspiring writers?
Never give up. If you really want to write, WRITE!

7.       Who is your favorite author or book that you would like to recommend to your readers?
Jim: Charlaine Harris.
Joyce: Tanith Lee or Barbara Hambly.

8.       If you could meet any famous person dead or alive who would it be and why?
Joyce: Mary Shelley. She was a genius!
Jim: Andrea Norton. Loved her work!

9.       If you could visit anywhere in the world where would you like to visit?
Jim: Hawaii.
Joyce: Delphi.

10.   5 interesting facts about yourself
We like and wear hats.
We collect T-shirts as souvenirs everywhere we go.
We like to drive a lot.
Our three kids and five grandchildren are the most important things in our lives.
We loved the movie Jupiter Rising.


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  1. Della Synopsis looks really intriguing. Always get a kick out of these titles. They are so punny!

  2. Thanks, Angela! I love these Q&As and learning more about the Lavenes! (I, also, loved Give 'em Pumpkin to Talk About!)

  3. I enjoy your blog; thanks for a great interview. I've this book and authors on my "must read" list!

  4. Love the title of the book. It certainly grabs your attention. Thanks fir the chance

  5. I enjoy finding new to me authors to read .

  6. Thanks for hosting our blog tour here today! I would like to take credit for the title but it was our editor that.came up with it. Nice to meet all of you!

  7. Thanks for hosting our blog tour here today! I would like to take credit for the title but it was our editor that.came up with it. Nice to meet all of you!

  8. I have loved the title is ever since I heard it. Reminds me of the Julia Roberts/Dennis Quaid movie called Give 'em Something to Talk About. When I read the premise I was really hooked.

  9. Fun WandA! I didn't know they have been writing together since the 80s.

  10. Fun WandA! I didn't know they have been writing together since the 80s.