Fascinated by human behaviour, Jane Ireland studied psychology, finding reward in nursing, and teaching students from diverse backgrounds. Niche is the final novel in The Crying Tree Series, her vibrant debut novel Emigree being the first. While she pursues imaginative literature, her writers’ group provides inspiration for honing her craft. She has been awarded Highly Commended, and Runner-up, in writing competitions. Generously, she has been compared to Annie Proulx in her earlier writing days. A proud member of Queensland Writers Centre, Jane lives with her family, and assorted wildlife, on a rugged mountaintop in Brisbane’s outskirts.