Born in Melbourne, Australia, Jane Blythe has had a love of reading and writing since she can remember. She is the author of two crime/mystery series, Detective Parker Bell, and the new series, Count to Ten. Jane also has a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and has been working with children for the last fifteen years, primarily as a preschool teacher. As such she wanted to write a series of books for this age group and created the Victoria Ivory Pearl series, written with grade 5/6 classes as she also wanted to imprint on kids a love of writing and a love of sharing their knowledge with others. When she's not writing Jane loves to bake, go to the beach, ski, horse ride, Taekwondo, play with her two Dalmatians, spend time with family and friends, and add to her 200+ collection of teddy bears!