Hello, my name is Jan and I’m a writer. There, I said it.
I’m a native of Nova Scotia, originally the Eastern Shore, then Halifax, now living inland on the shore of a lovely lake in Lunenburg County. My working career was multi-faceted: CBC radio freelancer, executive director of the Nova Scotia Choral Federation, and – decades later – of the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts, skipper of sailing tours on my own gaff-rigged ketch, and employee benefits executive and broker, among many other ventures and adventures.
Who is Jan Fancy Hull?
Fancy was my late mother’s maiden name, and I’ve added it to my nom de plume to honour her. It’s been my lifelong dream to be a writer. So, I write, enter literary competitions, and attend writing workshops. I’ve spent years editing my poetry, short stories, novellas, and novels, and I occasionally submit them to journals, publishing houses, and literary competitions. Some were published in the Chronicle Herald’s NovaScotian, and The Antigonish Review.
Where’s Home? August 2020. Moose House Publications
Gathering In, October 2020. Windywood
The Church of Little Bo Peep and other stories, August 2021. MHP
January: Code, October 2021. MHP
I’m a member of the Writers Council of the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia [WFNS].
You can find me on Facebook as Jan Fancy Hull; you’re reading this on my writing website, www.janfancyhull.ca.
Who’s Jan Hull Stoneist, then?
I also create stories in stone, finding sculpting sandstone and soapstone to be very similar to and very different from writing. My first show was in 2014 in Halifax. My sandstone sculptures have been accepted by a jury for exhibit in Annapolis Royal’s Historic Gardens since 2015. My soapstone sculptures were in the NS Designer Crafts Council’s Craft Year 2015 juried show and many shows and exhibits since then.