Janice Ryan Hall
her 23-year Army career, Jan worked primarily in personnel
and public affairs, serving her last four years in the
Washington, D.C. area. Since retiring in
Florida, she has held jobs ranging from a women’s assisted living
facility administrator to ESE teacher and intervention
specialist/behavior coach at two middle schools.
She has served as Chair of the Great
Gulfcoast Arts Festival and currently serves on the Art Show
and Emerging Artists Committees.
credits include articles and photos published in Climate
and Pensacola Today
magazines and the Pensacola
News Journal, including several of its specialty
She has participated in
the “So, You Want to Write for the Pensacola News
Journal” forum at then-Pensacola Junior College, as well
as served as panelist for two sessions of a Gulf Coast
Writers Conference in Panama City, Fla. In 2007 she was a
featured speaker at the Friends of the Pensacola Public
Library Meet the
In 2006 Jan won the
First Annual Florida Noir Festival noir script competition
for The Red Heron,
set in Pensacola in August 1941. In 2008 she won a national
WOW! Women on Writing Honorable Mention for her flash
fiction, Sex and Money,
which also won 1st place in a Gulf Coast Writers
Conference Gulf Coast Idol contest.
Jan's books may be purchased through Amazon or other retailers
or by email. Killing
the Past and Peckerheads
are also available through Pulpwood Press at http://www.pulpwoodpress.com/.
All cover designs,
except Killing the
Past, were designed by Jan’s husband, Ron, an
award-winning digital designer.
Books by Jan Hall:
Killing the Past - Mystery
Pottersville Press’s 2nd Annual Novel Writing
Contest in 2005.
After Maggie O’Brien’s fiancé was killed in Vietnam,
she gets on with her life. His death charts her career path
as an army officer. Twenty-three years later when she’s
assigned to the Pentagon, she discovers he’s not dead. And
he’s not who she thought he was. People he knew begin
dying, and Maggie’s not sure whether he’s the
killer—or will be the next victim.
Art Attack - Mystery
Artists run amok at the 2006 Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival!
The idyllic setting of Seville Square provides a canvas for
murder and mayhem. The trouble starts when an obnoxious
artist, Manolo Friedman, proves to be a pain in the palette.
From there, things go consistently—and literally—down
the Port-a-let. And a killer’s painting the park red.
Blood Ties - Mystery
in the Mystery Category of the Writers’ League of Texas
2008 Manuscript Contest (as Blood Relations).
a brutal rape and beating causes Taylor Walker Campbell to
miscarry, the fictional panhandle town of Walker, Fla.,
rallies around her. She soon discovers her retired judge
father ordered the attack to “protect” her after he
discovered her brief affair with a 14-year-old black
neighbor. Her life begins a downward spiral when those
around her prove to be hiding secrets, some which could
prove to be deadly.
Peckerheads - Slightly
Off-Kilter Love Story, which one reader referred to as a
“trailer trash soap opera” (writing as Erin Jay Lachlan)
Norton comes across a whole passel of peckerheads in the
fictional east Texas town of Sweetbriar. Peckerheads
spans 26 years of Cissy’s life, starting with her marriage
to “worthless as tits on a tomcat” Bobby Ray Riggs to
her best friend LaWanda’s brother, Randy Wilkerson. An
obstacle to her happily ever after with Randy may well be
Cissy’s subject matter in her paintings: naked men.
- Young Adult
(Fantasy) (writing as Jan Hall) (2012):
13, Polly Cates had a hard time adjusting to her father’s
new fiancée; her mother died when she was a baby, and
she’s never had to “share” him before. On her
father’s wedding day, he accidentally turns Polly into a
polliwog. As everyone (except the wicked bride-to-be and her
two brat offspring) searches for Polly, neighbors and
friends rally in a weird and wonderful way. The neighborhood
recluse joins forces with Polly’s artist father and pens The
Polliwog Princess, a fairy tale included in the book.
Ties - Mystery (2014):
This sequel to Blood Ties finds Taylor Walker
awaiting the trial of the nemesis who tried to kill her. Her
love life gets complicated by the arrival of a
Cuban-American architect—who may have strangled his
pregnant fiancée in Miami. A crime wave strikes the tiny
panhandle town of Walker, Fla., where the crimes are somehow
tied to Taylor. One murder mimics the dead socialite’s:
This time the murder weapon is Taylor’s red bra: The work
of the Miami killer or a copycat? Once again Taylor finds
herself in a life-or-death situation with a crazed killer.
and Found - Mystery
A chance encounter at a Pensacola bar starts a deadly chain
of events. As the reclusive Rutherford (Ford) Reilly nears
his 50th birthday—and the 40th
anniversary of the shark attack that cost him a shot as a
child prodigy pianist—he decides to spill his guts to a
stranger, who recognizes him as the “Miracle Kid.” The
life-changing event left Ford with a burden of guilt: His
younger brother was killed by a second shark. His older
brother ran away a year later. His parents piled on money
woes, leading to his father’s suicide on the second
anniversary of the attack. Ford’s naiveté and social
awkwardness expose him to barracudas of the two-legged