The Reading Habits of Janice Cantore (with a giveaway)




The Reading Habits


Janice Cantore



Are you a re-reader?

There are a few books that I have reread, but I don’t do it often. Some writing books I have read over and over include The First Five Pages by Noah Lukeman, Story Trumps Structure by Steven James, and Write Away by Elizabeth George.

Some fiction titles I have read and reread are Demolition Angel by Robert Crais, Deadline by Randy Alcorn, all the Narnia books, and The Once and Future King by T. H. White.

Why, or why not?

I reread the writing books because they inspire me, especially when I’m stuck, and I guess the same could be said for the fiction. Great writing inspires me, and my prayer is that each book I write is the best I have written.

When is your optimal time to read – do you prefer to read in one long block, or do you also read for five minutes here or there when you can?

I love to read in the tub. I can soak and read for forty-five minutes and get lost in a book. I try to read a little before I go to bed, but that doesn’t always happen. If I’m between my own book deadlines, I read during the day. And a smartphone is great because I always have a book to read if I’m waiting somewhere.

I’d love your thoughts on novellas. Are you thumbs up or down? Or does it depend?!

Thumbs down. I like to get into a story, so novellas just don’t do it for me.

Are you faithful to a genre, an author, or simply quality writing?

Genre and quality writing. I don’t have time to waste on a poorly written book. If I’m not hooked by the first or second chapter, I won’t keep reading.

Which factors most influence your selection of a book?

Author is the first—like I say, I don’t have time to waste on a bad book, so I gravitate to authors I trust. But occasionally I’ll read a review, or a writing class will use an example from a book, and I’ll pick it up. I found Laura Lippman that way, and I think she is awesome.


Janice’s TBR

Your fiction pet peeve?

Implausibility. I hate that, especially in crime novels. A book where “shots ring out” and the shooter can disappear without a trace in a crowd, or cops written in a way that is so unreal or off base.

What book have you read this year that you could not put down, and why?

Laura Lippman’s What the Dead Know was just great. It surprised me, and I am seldom surprised. (I have to provide a language warning for that book, though.)

How do you mark your spot – folded page corner, bookmark, dollar bill, whatever is at hand?

I use bookmarks.

When reading, what makes or breaks a story for you?

The characters—I must like the main character. And if I’m not invested by the second or third chapter, I put the book down.

What are some of your favourite CF reads from around 10 years ago, or further back?

Anything by Francine Rivers, Terri Blackstock, Randy Alcorn, or Frank Peretti

Snack/drink of choice while reading?

Water or tea

What book do you wish you had written?

Maybe I would say Deadline. Why? It’s a page-turning thriller, and the Christian message is incredibly strong without being preachy.

Thanks Janice!

Be sure to get your hands on Janice’s latest novel…

Crisis Shot

Tess O’Rourke dreams of becoming the first female chief of police in Long Beach, California. As commander of the East Division, she is well on her way . . . until the night she responds to an officer-needs-assistance call and fatally shoots an unarmed teenager. Despite being cleared of wrongdoing by a grand jury, Tess is so hounded by the public that she takes a job in Oregon to escape the bad press.

Winning over the residents of Rogue’s Hollow might be more difficult than adjusting to her new role as police chief in the small, backwater town. Especially when her closest friend, the pastor’s wife, goes missing and the woman’s cousin is found shot. Tess finds an ally in sheriff’s deputy Steve Logan, but as they track down Rogue’s Hollow’s first murderer, she worries that she’s breaking one of her rules and getting too close to him.

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 eight novels: the Pacific Coast Justice series, Critical Pursuit, Visible Threat, and the Cold Case Justice series. Her latest book, Crisis Shot, releases from Tyndale House Publishers in September 2017. Visit Janice’s website at and connect with her on Facebook at

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14 Responses to The Reading Habits of Janice Cantore (with a giveaway)

  1. I enjoyed this interview. I have read other Janice Cantore books and would like to win this one.

  2. Implausibilities in the medical field are my fiction pet peeves, most likely because I’m in the medical field. When a character is a physician but his/her medical speciality doesn’t make sense or the age of the character doesn’t match up with how long he/she should have been in training…. or what he/she ends up doing for work doesn’t match up with what the character’s medical specialty is supposed to be doing….or the hospital scenes (especially in the emergency room) are not plausible…..

  3. My implausibility pet peeve in books or movies is when modern language/attitudes are inserted in a period piece. Where even a non expert (like me) can spot the incongruity.
    Janice is a new-to-me author, I would love to read this! Thanks for the chance to win!

  4. The only specific I can think of at the moment is a book set in the “wild west” in the mid 1800s where they had a bathroom with running water. That may have happened but it would certainly be unusual. I finished Trauma Plan yesterday and loved it!

  5. I can’t think of a specific implausibility in a book at the moment, but when I come across them, it pulls me out of the story. It really distracts me when I feel the author glosses over an explanation of something that sounds unrealistic to me, or when something isn’t historically accurate. Thanks for the fun interview! I enjoyed reading it.

  6. I can’t think of an implausibility in any novel I have read recently. Janice is a new author to me, and I would love to win a copy of her book. It sounds like a great read.

  7. The implausibilities that get to me are when characters argue that something isn’t fair, but the author has already mentioned that the characters agreed to the conditions. Drives me crazy.

  8. I enjoy historical fiction so I hate to read a story that mentions an invention or an event that couldn’t have been during that time period. It is very apparent that the author hasn’t researched the time period throughly! I also enjoy mysteries and suspense and I look forward to reading the book Crisis Shot. Thanks for this giveaway.

  9. I can’t think of a specific implausibility in a book. They are disruptive!

    Thank you for the interview and the opportunity to win a copy of Crisis Shot.

  10. I have no idea what you are talking about.

  11. I’m sure there are some implausibilities that have bothered me in books, but I can’t think of any specific ones right now. Honestly, I often suspend reality and just enjoy situations that seem a little unbelievable. :)

  12. I can’t really think of an implausibility in a novel I’ve read. I’m sure I may have run into a few.

    Thanks for featuring a new-to-me author (I’ve heard of but not read any books by) :-) Fun author interview!

  13. I have noticed anachronisms in some novels . One I can remember was the phrase “off base” when baseball hadn’t even been invented yet! For a TV program: it was clever for a while in the Murdoch Mysteries but then they went too far with the modern politically correct stuff. So we stopped watching it!
    I like well researched novels by people who know what they are writing about. Your novels seem to be spot on! Thanks for the chance to win!

  14. Oh, I dislike implausible events in books! One that I recently read — a woman was stalked by an admirer when she was a teenager, then her family moved to escape the guy. Several years later, he showed up in her new town…and she didn’t recognize him. Of course, she struck up a friendship with him (not realizing who he was.) No way that would happen!

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