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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Where to find Janice Lane Palko online


Our Lady of the Roses
Pre-release—available November 1, 2019. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 62,440. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Inspirational
Janetta Orlando’s life has been bouncing along the gutter like a Brunswick bowling ball after a series of disastrous relationships. Bob White is headed to Rome and needs someone who speaks Italian. When he offers to pay her way to Rome to serve as his translator, she accepts. But they clash over everything from fashion to food. Laughter, tears, and love flow like the Trevi Fountain!
Most Highly Favored Daughter
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 94,610. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Christian » Suspense
When Pittsburgh heiress and philanthropist Cara Hawthorne Wells is framed with a heinous crime, she must fight to retain her reputation, her marriage, and her life. As she and handsome, brooding private investigator Jake Gold battle to prove her innocence, they uncover shocking revelations about the city she serves, the people she loves, and her beau
Cape Cursed
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 71,030. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Bliss Sherman doesn’t believe in curses—that is until she arrives at Cape Destiny, North Carolina,to move the cape's lighthouse inland before it's swallowed by the Atlantic Ocean. When Bliss is viciously attacked, she begins to wonder if the curse that is rumored to be attached to the lighthouse may be true. Who is trying to harm her? Who wants to kill her?
A Shepherd's Song
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 105,430. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Tom Shepherd arrives to sell the Christmas season’s hottest toy for three times its price to a desperate buyer when a snafu lands him in the middle of a bone marrow drive for a young boy who has leukemia. On Christmas Eve, Tom face choices that will affect not only himself but also whether the boy lives or dies. Not since A Christmas Carol has a tale so captured the spirit of Christmas.
St. Anne's Day
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 96,120. Language: English. Published: June 22, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Christian » Romance
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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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