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JC (Jane) Burke was born in Sydney in 1965, the fourth of five sisters. With writers for parents, she grew up in a world of noise, drama and books, but at the age of 19 decided to become a nurse after her mother lost a long battle with cancer.
Since she started writing in 1999, Jane has published a number of acclaimed books for teenagers. Her first novel, White Lies (2003) was mentored by Gary Crew and was named a CBCA Notable Book. Nine Letters Long (2005) was highly commended for the Aurealis Award for best horror novel, The Story of Tom Brennan (2005) was awarded the CBCA Book of the Year for Older Readers in 2006 and Pig Boy was the Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Fiction in 2012.
The Story of Tom Brennan and Pig Boy are confronting, thought-provoking and powerful stories which have gained Jane considerate critical acclaim. Her latest novel is Pretty Girl (2013), a gripping psychological drama - "One girl’s dead. One girl’s in hospital. And one has a secret."
Jane lives in Sydney with her family.
Jane is in-residence at The Literature Centre during Term 4, 2015 and will be presenting to the Talented Young Writers' Programme students in the Pilbara and in Fremantle.