Jean’s qualifications are a Science Degree and Diploma of Education. Over the years she has been a teacher, illustrator, book reviewer, author, and blogger.
She aims to give her readers life-changing stories and content for a better life. She enjoys being with friends and family, the beach and bingeing on Bookbub.
She has taught for over 35 years, including drug education for 9 years, and was a teacher librarian for over 29 years. She was a book reviewer for the magazine SCAN, (now online), which is published by the NSW Curriculum and Learning Innovation Centre (CLIC). The reviews explore the use of curriculum resources in the learning environments.
She is a long-term member of the Australian Society of Authors, Omega Writers and the Children’s Book Council of Australia, Northern Sub-branch, (Minutes’ Secretary), and a recent member of SCBWI.
Her novel The Craving has won the 2020 CALEB Award for unpublished YA fiction. It’s a split time, YA book for the inspirational market. It’s a romance with the themes of addiction, brokenness, and transformation.
Other books: Jean is a co-author with best-selling author Ray Brehm for The Happiness Code: How Small Habits Will Change Your Life Starting Today (this book is a No. 1 Best Seller in Parenting Reference and other categories on Amazon) and The Wealth Code: Small Habits to Prosperity. (Due for release July 2021)
Jean is also the author of THE FANGS series which is about the hilarious exploits of a cat, a dog and a rat. At present, the only Fang story is published in an anthology, with others available hopefully soon.
Jean has also illustrated three cookbooks which were published in Australia and internationally: The Breakfast Book, The Lunch Book and The Supper Book. (Editor: Lisa Highton – now in the UK).
Her play, The Girl with No Voice, was performed at the Seymour Centre, Sydney, in 2016 at the Arts’ North Festival.