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 a novel, and I occasionally submit them to journals, publishing houses, and literary competitions. Some have been published in the Chronicle Herald’s NovaScotian, and The Antigonish Review.
My first book, Where’s Home?, was published in the summer of 2020 by Moose House Publications. Three of my poems are included in an anthology, Gathering In, published October 2020. Two books of fiction are in the works for 2021.
I’m a member 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. In 2015 and 2016 my sandstone sculptures were accepted by a jury for exhibit in Annapolis Royal’s Historic Gardens. My soapstones were in the NS Designer Crafts Council’s Craft Year 2015 juried show.
See my sculptures on Facebook (Jan Hull Stoneist), on my website.