Janet Pereira grew up in a big family that loved to camp by the sea. Blackie the Fisher Cat is inspired by memories of these adventures, and also by an old friend who really did discover an extraordinary cat on the doorstep of his caravan. A teacher for many years, she continues to work in education and is passionate about encouraging children to love books. In her spare time she enjoys running, reading, writing and relaxing. Sometimes her best ideas for stories pop into her head as she runs! Janet presently lives in Dunedin, and from her desk she can look out over the harbour and watch the birds and boats pass by. Her stories have been published by Learning Media and Reed Publishing.