Justin Underwood is a modern day knight in shining armor, who fights for the disenfranchised in the court of law. One thing he can’t stand is an argumentative woman. The moment he hears Ashley’s soothing voice and feels her gentle touch, he finds comfort simply by being in her presence. He must have the sexy woman with the bedroom eyes. But Ashley has a family secret that prevents her from totally committing to Justin. After taking Ashley’s case, he watches her turn a blind eye to the gravity of her lawsuit. Can Justin get Ashley to commit to him, and open her eyes to the facts of her lawsuit? Can Ashley overcome her family’s secret that prevents her from committing to Justin?
Justin’s story and character came into sharp focus after Attorney General, Eric Holder went to Ferguson, to help the disenfranchised citizens. I created Justin's character to be a voice for the voiceless in court. In the book, Justin fights for equal pay, sexual harassment and domestic abuse. As a successful civil rights attorney, Justin is a modern day knight in shining armor with characteristics every woman can respect.
Are your books driven by the characters or story line? Why?
My books are character driven because I enjoy falling in love with my characters. I gave all four brother in THE UNDERWOOD'S OF NAPA VALLEY series their personal love story and a defining character trait. Kenton is the “protective one,” in KENTON'S VINTAGE AFFAIR. Justin is the “strong one,” in JUSTIN'S BODY OF WORK. Justin is the strong one because he carries his loved ones and the disenfranchised with his strength in court.
Who are some of the authors that you enjoy reading?
My favorite author is Walter Mosley. I've read just about every one of his books because I love his character Easy Rawlins and his Los Angeles setting during the civil rights era. I love the way Mosley describes L.A., homes down to the Bird of Paradise flowers in the gardens because my aunts had those kinds of flowers in their front yards. His books are stand alone, but you will find his characters in his other books. My favorite romance authors are Jude Devereaux, Francis Ray, and Beverly Jenkins.
What is it that you'd like readers to walk away with after reading Justin's Body of Work?
I want my readers to be aware of legal and political issues facing the average person and that there are strong men and women out there fighting for our rights. I can't reveal what the heroines issues are without revealing the plot.
What is a hidden talent or pastime that you enjoy that would surprise others?
As a former systems analyst, I enjoy teaching our youth technical skills. The students from my chapter of Blacks in Government won the Computer Competition national contest for three years straight.
About Janice L. Dennie
Janice began her her writing career in 1997 with her debut novel, The Lion of Judah. Her second novel, Moon Goddess Queen of Sheba, was published in August 1999.
Janice was born in Denver, Colorado and raised in Northern California. After graduating from college, she began working for a federal agency. However, writing has always been her passion. Janice services her community through various charities, and non-profit organizations. She currently writes full-time and lives in Northern California with her family.