Friday, April 20, 2018

INTERVIEW WITH JANICE CANTORE


A former Long Beach, California, police officer of twenty-two years, Janice Cantore worked a variety of assignments, including patrol, administration, juvenile investigations, and training. She's always enjoyed writing and published two short articles on faith at work for Cop and Christ and Today's Christian Woman before tackling novels. She now lives in a small town in southern Oregon, where she enjoys exploring the forests, rivers, and lakes with her Labrador retrievers, Abbie and Tilly.

Janice writes suspense novels designed to keep readers engrossed and leave them inspired. Crisis Shot is the first title in her latest series. Janice also authored the Cold Case Justice series—Drawing Fire, Burning Proof, and Catching Heat—the Pacific Coast Justice series—Accused, Abducted, and Avenged—and the Brinna Caruso novels, Critical Pursuit and Visible Threat.

Visit Janice's website at www.janicecantore.com and connect with her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/JaniceCantore.

INTERVIEW

If you had to describe yourself in one sentence, what would you say?

Dedicated.

What do you do when you’re not writing?

I love the outdoors, so anything outside, kayaking, hiking, snowshoeing, walking the dogs, stuff like that.

Any interesting hobbies?

Kayaking and snowshoeing

What was your favorite book as a teen or child?

Black Beauty. Really just about any horse book

What genre did you start out writing?

Suspense.

Have you changed course?

Not really, except maybe it’s become more romantic suspense.

What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? 

Was told my writing was ‘clunky’. It was hard because I really didn’t know how to change. Now, my editor, Erin Smith, helps me cut the ‘clunkiness’.

What has been the best compliment?

That one of my books inspired someone to enter law enforcement. And, one mother of a police officer emailed me to say thank you for writing about law enforcement in a positive way, explaining in the process how hard the job is.

Any other genres you’d like to try?

Actually, I’m happy writing what I’m writing.

If you could go back in time and do something differently at the start of your career, what would
it be?

I would have kept a journal of my law enforcement career. So much stuff I’ve forgotten.

What is the most important thing you’d like readers to take away from your books?

I hope they like the story, and I hope that they are inspired and uplifted by the underlying message.

What is the most valuable piece of advice you’d like to give to unpublished authors?

Keep writing, even when rejections pile up. Don’t fall in love with one book or story, keep writing and improving your skills.

 
CRISIS SHOT


Tess O’Rourke dreams of becoming the first female chief of police in Long Beach, California. As commander of the East Division, she
is well on her way . . . until the night she responds to an officer-needs-assistance call and fatally shoots an unarmed teenager. Despite being cleared of wrongdoing by a grand jury, Tess is so hounded by the public that she takes a job in Oregon to escape the bad press.

Winning over the residents of Rogue’s Hollow might be more difficult than adjusting to her new role as police chief in the small, backwater town. Especially when her closest friend, the pastor’s wife, goes missing and the woman’s cousin is found shot. Tess finds an ally in sheriff’s deputy Steve Logan, but as they track down Rogue’s Hollow’s first murderer, she worries that she’s breaking one of her rules and getting too close to him.

Leave a comment for Janice. You could win a $10.00 gift card from Amazon!

51 comments:

  1. Oh wow! Just imagine the story details you would have if you had kept a journal during your law enforcement career! Your book sounds like it'd be a riveting book that you couldn't put down once you start reading! Thanks for sharing your thoughts & your book blurb! rw620 AT aol DOT com

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  2. nice interview

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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    1. Thank you Robin for checking in!
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  3. I have read and thoroughly enjoyed your Pacific Coast series so look forward to reading your other books. Thanks for the interview and chance to win. dawn dot nicol At gmail dot com

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    1. Thank you! Glad you liked the books.
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  4. I have always said the same thing about teaching for 35 years. If I had kept a journal I would have had books worth of material! You think you'll never forget all those details and hilarious things kids do and say, but unfortunately, you do! Would love to read your book.

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    1. Thanks. And so much happens over the years, but the memory does fail us.

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  5. A wonderful interview thank you. BLACK BEAUTY was always a favorite of mine.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Girls and horses, we belong together. Thanks for checking in!

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  6. Thanks for the interview!

    mindyhoungATmsnDOTcom

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  7. I enjoyed reading this interview, and I've loved all the books I've read by Janice Cantore!
    Thanks for the giveaway
    allofakindmom@gmail.com

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  8. I loved your interview. Very encouraging. You are a new author to me, so I look forward to reading your books. Thank you.

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    1. Critical Pursuit and Visible Threat are e-book bargains for the month of April, just to let you know, $2.99 for both. https://www.amazon.com/Brinna-Caruso-Collection-Critical-Pursuit-ebook/dp/B01LE3YKUM/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1524245329&sr=1-4&keywords=critical+threat
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  9. Thank you for sharing your great interview. I have not read Janice's books but I need to remedy that. Thank you for the opportunity. mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks Melanie, check out the above reply, those pair of books are about a k-9 officer and her dog Hero.

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  10. I loved reading Crisis Shot! Can't wait for the next one!

    eclitton@gmail.com

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    1. Thank you, it will be out in October - Lethal Threat

      Blessings, Janice

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  11. You caught my interest, sounds like a good book.

    wfnren at aol dot com

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    1. Good! Hope you pick a copy up!

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  12. You have put my two favorites together in your books, law enforcement and inspration. Love your books!

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    1. Thank you Kim, I really appreciate that.

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  13. Black Beauty was one of my favorite books as a kid!

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    1. Thanks for checking in, Pat! Love your work!

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  14. I loved Black Beuty, such a good book! Thanks for such a good interview. The book looks really good.

    faithdcreech at gmail dot com

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  15. I love Janice's books, and appreciate her viewpoint on law enforcement. I have complete respect for anyone willing to wear a badge!
    smincer10(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Police officers need our support and prayers.

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  16. A new author to me, one I will be reading. Such experience to add to the story and the interview is so positive. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  17. Thanks for the interview and the giveaway. I don't believe I have had the privilege to read any of your books at this time. I look forward to the opportunity.
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    1. Thanks Betti, hope you pick one up and like it!
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  18. WOW! You are a new author to me, but I will definitely get this book and from the looks of this book, I'll start adding you to my list of favorite authors.

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  19. WOW! You are a new author to me, but I will definitely get this book and from the looks of this book, I'll start adding you to my list of favorite authors.

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  20. Janice, I have a copy of Crisis Shot but haven't able to get to it yet. Romantic suspense is one of my favorite genres and I have many authors I love who write them!

    I find it interesting that you write books in your chosen career as a police officer (retired even); those kind of books are always so much more authentic! Love learning that you love in Oregon because I love on the North coast :-) I think Oregon/Washington is the most beautiful area in the world, there's so much of God's beauty here! 😊

    Thank you for a fun interview and giveaway chance! An Amazon card would go a long way for a new book or two, lol!

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    1. Ture, especially with the e-book special going on right now, Critical Pursuit and Visible Threat are on sale, 2.99 for both until the end of April.
      Blessings, Janice

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  21. I have loved your previous books!! Looking forward to this new one!! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. Thanks, good luck on the drawing.

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  22. What type of books do you read? Do you journal now? fishingjanATaolDOTcom

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    1. I love to read suspense novels, all kinds, but those with cops as the main characters are my favorites. I guess you could say that I'm in a rut!

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  23. I love reading your books. They are wonderful.
    Thereadmaster@me.cm

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  24. This sounds like a great read! I enjoy suspense, and I like the fact that you've worked in law enforcement so you know what is true & when an author speculates!

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  25. Enjoyed your interview! I’ve read several of your books and really liked the realism your experiences bring to your stories.
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  26. Carolyn Keene introduced me to mysteries with her Nancy Drew books and I have loved mystery and suspense since then. I look forward to reading your new series.
    Blessings!
    Connie
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  27. I love that you can use your previous job to make the story more authentic.

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  28. Janice is a new author to me. I would love to read this.

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  29. Your book looks and sounds so good. I love a good suspense novel.

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  30. Enjoyed the interview. Always enjoy hearing and reading about new authors especially those who write in a genre I enjoy reading. This sounds like a it is a good book.
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  31. Suspense is one of my favorite genres. I will definitely look up your books. Thanks for the chance to win! paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet

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