Jane was born in Adelaide, went on to Torrens C.A.E. and then taught at Koonibba Aboriginal School, Ceduna Area School, Pt Broughton Area School, Minlaton Primary School and Strathalbyn Primary School. In 1983 she worked as a governess/housekeeper on Commonwealth Hill Station, north-west of Tarcoola.

She is married with a twenty three year-old daughter, three adult step-children, four grand-daughters and two grandsons. She works two days a week in the Resource Centre at Eastern Fleurieu School, teaching creative writing and doing literature studies with classes.

Jane loves gardening and has an organic orchard and vegetable garden. She also loves food…and cooking up a storm! Her favourite food is chocolate.

Jane presents “Meet the Author” talks to R-12 students and brings many props with her, which always leads to the students enjoying a very interactive session. She has copies of drafts of her stories, both published and unpublished and her working notebooks. She also brings with her some of her homemade books, which give students ideas for their own productions.

Coming in 2019 - Star of Anise and Mama Ocean

Published Titles

The Man with Small Hair, 2018, Little Hare Publishing

Illustrated by Andrew Joyner

Papa Sky, 2017, MidnightSun Publishing

Illustrated by Sally Heinrich

Radio Rescue, 2016National Library of Australia

Shortlisted for the 2018 West Australian Young Readers’ Book Awards (WAYRBA)

One Step at a Time, 2015, MidnightSun Publishing

Shortlisted for the 2016 West Australian Young Readers’ Book Award

2016 CBCA Picture Book of the Year Honours Award

Illustrated by Sally Heinrich

Tea and Sugar Christmas, 2014, National Library of Australia

CBCA Honour Information Book

Ali the Bold Heart

CBCA Notable

Glass Tears

CBCA Notable

Limpopo Lullaby

CBCA Notable