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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Author Interview - Janice Cantore

Anne: Good morning Janice Cantore! It's great to have you here with us. Yesterday I reviewed your book, Avenged (Readers: click HERE to read the review), and today we're giving folks a chance to get to know you better.

The first thing I always love to know: What inspired your book?

Janice: Avenged is the third in a series. The first book was inspired by a real life murder where a teenager was the suspect. Events in Avenged are connected to what happened in the first book, Accused. I played the what if game: What if the bad guy weren't caught, and what if he returned to exact revenge?

Anne: What if your book were a movie; would you try out for a part? Which one, or why not?

Janice: No, no, no, I would never ever want to be an actor!

Anne: Oh, all right, we won't give you a part. But again, thinking about a movie and how often essentials seem to be left out between a book and it's "based on the book by..." If a screenwriter were to cut and paste on your writing, which part would you be apt to throw the writer into prison for life if they cut it out?

Janice: The spiritual message. The message in Avenged is that God is in control and He is the one to whom vengeance belongs.

Anne: Speaking of the spiritual message, what do you want people to take away with them after they read the book?

Janice: That God is in control. He sees our life from beginning to end. Our job is to trust Him and be obedient to His word.Anne: Were there any parts that were a real trial to write?

Janice: I always have a hard time writing endings. I usually know where I want to go, but getting there is always difficult.

Anne: Okay, so was there any part that "wrote itself?"

Janice: Not really. I am a seat-of-the-pants writer, so I usually make a lot of work for myself, but I love the process.

Anne: Would you tell us a little about your next book?

Janice: My next book is called Critical Pursuit, and it will be out in the Fall. It's actually a re-release of a book called The Kevlar Heart, which was published by a different publisher. Tyndale bought the book, and we have re-edited and retitled it. and it will be re-released. It's the story of a K-9 officer whose passion is finding missing children.

Anne: Thanks for giving us a glimpse of "the real you," Janice. I hope folks will visit your website and/or a bookseller and pick up lots of your books.
By the way, folks: One or two commenters on either this interview or the one yesterday (the book review) will will a copy of Avenged. US and Canadian commenters only, please--and leave your comment by Sunday, April 7, 2013, 5 p.m. Pacific.

Janice Cantore is a retired Long Beach California police officer of 22 years (16 in uniform and 6 as a non-career officer). She worked a variety of assignments: patrol, administration, juvenile investigations, and training. During the course of her career in uniform Janice found that faith was indispensable to every aspect of the job and published articles on faith at work, one for a quarterly newspaper called Cop and Christ, and another for the monthly magazine Today’s Christian Woman.
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