Jane Doucet writes irreverent novels full of humour and heart—the kind of books she likes to read herself.
Jane is a journalist whose articles have appeared in myriad Canadian magazines and newspapers, including Chatelaine, Canadian Living andThe Globe and Mail. 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 any. That’s when she got the (absurd!) idea to try writing one. In 2017 Jane self-published her debut novel, The Pregnant Pause, which 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 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 tiny, tourist-friendly Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, on Canada’s scenic East Coast.
Jane lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with her husband. Vagrant Press rereleased The Pregnant Pause in spring 2023, then in fall 2023 published her third novel, Lost & Found in Lunenburg, which combines characters from her first two books.