Joyce Lavene Interviews Chuck Sparks

An interview with Chuck Sparks

Q. Tell us about yourself, Chuck?

A. I used to be a real estate salesman. I enjoyed my job until I made the mistake of crossing the line. I didn’t want to try and cheat that old woman out of her house, but the money was too good. I have a daughter, Betsy. She lives with her mother, except for recently when her mother was relocating to Richmond, Virginia. It was a bad time to leave her with me.

Q. Why do you say that, Chuck?

A. Well, I made another mistake. I won’t go into that right now. Times have been tough. I was willing to try anything. I ended up dead. That’s right. Dead as a doornail. I made the mistake. Betsy shouldn’t have to pay for it.

Q. Is that why you contacted Mayor Dae O’Donnell?

A. That’s right. I needed her help. No one realized Betsy was missing. Those scums that killed me took her. Dae is good at finding things. I’m sure she can find Betsy before it’s too late. She found me. Well, she found my body. She’ll help Betsy. I wish I could be more help to her. I just don’t have this whole ghost thing down yet.

Q. What would you tell other wrong-doers who could end up in your place?

A. I’d say, look at what you’ve got. Believe me, it’s better than the alternative. I wish I had it to do over. My little Betsy will grow up now without a daddy. When you know you’re about to cross that line, take a step back. Nothing is worth it.

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.

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. Visit her at, Facebook/ Twitter: @authorjlavene,

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Thank you so much for visiting my blog today, Joyce.
M.M. Gornell said…
Chuck, you sound like an interesting guy, and Joyce, your book sounds very interesting! On my list. And great learning more about you (and Chuck!) on this tour.

Patricia Gligor said…
"A Haunting Dream" has me intrigued. It's going on my TBR list right now!
Jean Henry Mead said…
Yes, an intiguing sounding book that's already on my TBR list. Good interview, Chuck!
marja said…
Going on my list, too, and I agree with everyone who said it sounds intriguing. Best word for it.
Marja McGraw
Joyce Lavene said…
Thanks for having me, Marilyn! I hope you are enjoying the blog tour!
Joyce Lavene said…
You, too, Madeline! (Chuck says thanks)
Joyce Lavene said…
Chuck thinks so, Larissa, but he's a little self-absorbed.
Joyce Lavene said…
Thanks, Jean. I never expected to gain any fame AFTER my death. (Chuck)
Joyce Lavene said…
Thank you, Marja. All kinds of strange things happen in Duck!
Rionna Morgan said…
When you know you’re about to cross that line, take a step back. Nothing is worth it.--great line!!

Thank you for sharing.
Jake said…
Duck sounds like a place I would find enjoyable. Keep up the great writing team.
Collin Kelley said…
I love getting to know the characters this way and what a great way to give them a new voice outside the pages of the book.

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