Jane Doucet writes irreverent novels full of humour and heart—the kind of books she likes to read herself.

Jane is a seasoned journalist whose articles have appeared in myriad national magazines and newspapers, including Chatelaine, Canadian Living, The Globe and Mail and the National Post. She never planned to write fiction, but when she looked for a lighthearted novel about motherhood indecision that didn’t end with “She had a baby and lived happily ever after,” she couldn’t find one. That’s when she got the (absurd) idea to try writing one herself! In 2017, Jane self-published her debut novel, The Pregnant Pause. She was thrilled when it was shortlisted for a 2018 Whistler Independent Book Award.

Shortly before launching The Pregnant Pause, an idea for another novel popped into Jane’s head. “Nope,” she told herself sternly. “Writing a book is hard and takes too long.” But it was an itch she couldn’t stop scratching. In June of 2021, Vagrant Press, the fiction imprint of Nimbus Publishing, released her second novel, Fishnets & Fantasies, about a married couple in their late 50s who open a sex shop in their tiny coastal hometown of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, on Canada’s East Coast. 


Jane lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with her husband. She can’t quite believe that she’s working on her third novel, which will combine characters and story lines from her first two books.