Janice Lane Palko


Janice Lane Palko has been a professional writer for 20 years. The author of four novels, she recently released her newest romantic suspense, Most Highly Favored Daughter. 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 and regularly contributes articles to St. Anthony Messenger magazine.

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, is a romantic suspense, set on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

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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Our Lady of the Roses
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 62,440. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Inspirational
(5.00 from 1 review)
Janetta’s a snobby fashionista who thinks Bob’s a gnocchi—a pale, doughy nerd. When they travel to Rome together, what could possibly go wrong?
Most Highly Favored Daughter
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 94,610. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Inspirational
The truth shall set you free . . . Or kill you. Cara Cavanaugh is living the dream. And then it becomes a nightmare. Adored and loved by the public, she has it all—beauty, fame, wealth, and respect. Then she is framed with an unspeakable crime, and her charmed life unravels.
Cape Cursed
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 71,030. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
When an immovable object meets an unstoppable force . . . Bliss Sherman may die. Bliss is determined to make a name for herself and her new engineering firm by accomplishing an incredible feat—moving the Cape Destiny Lighthouse before it's swallowed by the Atlantic Ocean. But when she comes up against an unstoppable force—those opposed to the move--everything is on the line. Including her life.
A Shepherd's Song
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 105,430. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Sometimes heroes aren’t born or made . . . they’re resuscitated. Tom Shepherd, and alienated young man, agrees to sell the Christmas season’s hottest toy for three times its price. A screwup lands him in the middle of a bone marrow drive for a sick little boy named Christo, setting off a chain of events that will force Tom to face his past and what he wants for the future.
St. Anne's Day
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 96,120. Language: English. Published: June 22, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Inspirational
(5.00 from 1 review)
When a saint is your matchmaker, it’d be a sin not to fall in love. Elderly Peg McMaster has been praying for a wife for her handsome, womanizing son, Gerry. When Anne Lyons arrives to take care of Peg on St. Anne’s Day, the octogenarian believes that Anne is the answer to her prayers.