At age sixteen Janeen Brian trained as a primary teacher and at 18 stood in front of her first class of Year 5 students. Her teaching career saw her work as in junior primary, primary, drama and as a teacher-librarian. While raising a family, she began a four-year career with a professional children’s theatre company, both acting and writing. She has also been involved in over 100 television and radio commercials as well as dozens of voiceovers for radio and video. She began dabbling in writing in her thirties. Since then she has written over 80 books both in trade and education, and in genres ranging from picture books to poetry, short fiction, nonfiction and novels. Janeen has several awards to her name and many of her books have been translated and published overseas.