Janice Lane Palko

Biography

Janice Lane Palko has been a professional writer for nearly 20 years. During her career, she has written everything from greeting cards to web content and has taught several classes at the Allegheny County Community College from Building English skills to creative and memoir writing.

She is currently on the staff of the website Popular Pittsburgh and has been the executive editor of Northern Connection and Pittsburgh 55+ magazines, where she also contributed to the editorial content, writing her own column and numerous features. Palko has also been a columnist with the North Hills News Record.

In addition, she has worked as a freelance writer for Krol Media, which was recently honored for being one of Pittsburgh’s fastest growing businesses. She has written press releases, articles, profiles and marketing literature for a variety of clients from physicians to film producers to non-profits and hotel chains.

Palko has had numerous articles published in publications such as The Reader’s Digest, Guideposts for Teens, Woman’s World, The Christian Science Monitor, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Her works have been featured in the books A Cup of Comfort for Inspiration, A Cup of Comfort for Expectant Mothers, and Chicken Soup for the Single’s Soul.

A graduate of Union Institute & University with a B.A. in Writing & Literature, Palko has won several awards for her writing including the prestigious Amy Foundation Award of Merit. Her writings have also garnered accolades at the The Kent State Writer's Conference, and she has been selected as Writer of the Month by Oatmeal Studio greeting cards.

Her first novel, a romantic dramedy called St. Anne's Day, is set in Pittsburgh can be best described as Cheers meets The Taming of the Shrew.

Her second novel, A Shepherd's Song, is a Christmas story that will fill your heart with Christmas cheer.

Her third novel, Cape Cursed, a romantic suspense, set on the Outer Banks of North Carolina will be released September 1, 2013.

Smashwords Interview

What is your writing process?
My writing process begins with an idea that sparks a question: What if? For St. Anne's Day, it was: What if a girl who has been burned by charming men who flatter women falls for the city's greatest womanizer? For A Shepherd's Song, it was: What if someone who doesn't believe in Christmas and God falls for a girl who has a strong faith and loves Christmas? And for Cape Curse, it was: What if someone who has no real roots and moves things for a living, falls for someone with deep ties to the land and to a landmark like a lighthouse that she is in charge of relocating?

I then go from there. I usually have the climactic scene in my mind, it's getting from the start to the end that takes me the longest.
How do you approach cover design?
I think in pictures, and I usually have an image in mind of how the cover should look. I have a great cover artist and the key is finding someone who can also visualize the image I have in my mind.
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Books

St. Anne's Day
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You set the price! Words: 96,120. Language: English. Published: June 22, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Every girl wants handsome, successful Gerry McMaster, but Anne Lyons, is not every girl. Certainly, Anne is attracted to him. But after being scorched by love, she is wary of men like Gerry who go through lovers faster than a premenstrual woman goes through chocolate. St. Anne's Day tickles the funny bone and touches the heart and is a cross between the Taming of the Shrew and Cheers.

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