Janice Cantore is a retired Long Beach police officer who now writes suspense novels to keep readers engrossed and leave them inspired. Her twenty-two years of experience on the force lend authenticity to her stories. She has penned ten romantic suspense novels: the Cold Case Justice series, the Pacific Coast Justice series, Critical Pursuit, and Visible Threat. Crisis Shot and Lethal Target, and Cold Aim make up theLine of Duty series. Breach of Honor is a stand alone novel. Code of Courage releases July 2022.
Interview with Janice
What was your favorite book when you were a kid?
I loved horse books. Black Beauty, My Friend Flicka, those were my favorite books.
Did it play any part in your writing style today?
Not really. I write suspense fiction, not really close to horse books.
What book is currently on your bedside table?
I have several, because they are on my Kindle. Divine Justice by David Baldacci, The Crow Trap, Ann Cleeves, Devoted by Dean Koontz, Heaven by Randy Alcorn.
Have you always wanted to be a writer?
Yes. I did write horse stories when I was a kid. Later, I grew to love mystery novels. I read a book called Deadline by Randy Alcorn. It was an awesome suspense novel with a spiritual message. I decided right then that that was what I wanted to write.
What has been your favorite part of the publishing journey?
The people I’ve met along the way. Lauraine Snelling, DiAnn Mills, Lynette Eason, Wendy Lawton, Fraincine Rivers, I could go on and on.
What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?
Deadline by Randy Alcorn, just about every book by Francince Rivers, I think that they had the biggest impact on me. I also enjoy Michael Connelly, Robert Crais, Dean Koontz, Lisa Gardener, Harlen Coben.
What comes first for you — the plot or the characters — and why?
I’m a pantser, that means that I write by the seat of my pants, I don’t outline. I usually start with two main characters, get their background going, and then I decide on a crime and a spiritual journey. Once I have that set in my mind, I start writing and see where the characters take me.
What were the key challenges you faced when writing this book?
This is in regards to my upcoming release, Code of Courage whch will be released in July 2022. It started as a book about riots. Two years ago every major city was experiencing riots, mostly anti-police riots. It really angers me that when one officer makes the wrong decision, or completely goes off the rails, all officers are painted with a broard brush. At the beginning of my career in law enforcement, I experienced the Rodney King riots. It was the most frightening time of my career. In writing Code of Courage, it was difficult not to go completely negative about riots and rioting. Riots are useless in my opinion, in addition to being unlawful. When the mob takes over, the real reason for the prostest is lost in violent, illegal actions. Riots go beyond a protest and innocent people are often victimized by the mob mentality. I did not want the book to become political, I simply wanted to tell the story of an officer, and a community impacted by riots that erupted because of a lie.
Where can readers find out more about you and your books?
Any current or upcoming projects you’d like to tell us about?
Check out Code of Courage, releasing July 2022.
About The Book
Title: Code of Courage
Author: Janice Cantore
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publication date: July 19, 2022
Back Cover Blurb:
Detective Danni Grace has never met a police officer who wants to face a scenario where pulling the trigger on another person is the only option. When the worst does occur and there’s a police-involved shooting, it leads to riots and calls to disband the entire police force in La Rosa, Danni’s hometown.
After fifteen years on the force, Danni has had enough. Injured in the line of duty when a protester throws a chunk of concrete at her and shaken by the vitriol being shown to the police, Danni realizes for the first time that she’s lost her passion for the job.
While she’s on a leave of absence, though, a community activist in La Rosa is shot and a fellow officer is blamed for his murder. Taking on this case means stepping back into a job Danni’s not sure she can do anymore . . . and working closely with her ex-husband, Gabriel Fox, an investigator for the city prosecutor’s office. Danni will need to tap into her code of courage to uncover the truth, prevent another injustice, and uphold her oath to serve and protect.
Janice has graciously agreed to giveaway one (1) print copies (US only) of Code of Courage and one (1) print copy of Breach of Honor. Comment below to enter.
Giveaway ends July 25, 2022