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Monday, September 14, 2009

Monday Spotlight: Joyce and Jim Lavene

Ren Fests

People ask us why we write a mystery series set in a Renaissance Faire, of all places. The answer is easy; we love the Ren Faires and think they are the best things ever! They are local theme parks for adults where we can get a small taste of what things were like in Renaissance England.

Our series is set in a fictional Renaissance Faire in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina that is open all year. Most Ren Faire sites are only open for a few weeks or months each year. Of course, that leads to all kinds of strange ideas since we visit so many of them. When you’re a mystery writer, your thoughts naturally turn to interesting places for your characters to live and solve crimes. What could be more interesting than a world inside a world? A world of actors playing parts sometimes to the extent of forgetting that they live in the modern world.

We are also history buffs. While Ren Faire history is not always accurate, you can’t help but feel its presence in the story as well as in real life. While we are certainly not within the scope of the Society for Creative Anachronism, the Ren Faire Mysteries: Wicked Weaves and now, Ghastly Glass, are able to offer a glimpse into that time in history as our heroine, Jessie Morton, finds the lord, lady, or serf whodunit.

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