Jeanne Bushey moved with her husband Richard and her two daughters to Baffin Island from the U.S.A. in 1974. She taught primary children in Nakasuk Elementary School in Iqaluit and became interested in the language and culture of the Inuit people who lived there. In 1980, she and her family moved to Yellowknife, NT where Jeanne continued teaching, began writing, and started directing children's drama. Some of her writing at this time included a five-year parenting column in the "Yellowknifer" newspaper and several education articles for Parenting Magazine(U.S.) and Today's Parent (Can.) as well as short stories for children. Her experience with children's drama and the establishment of the Mildred Hall Festival of Drama, which ran for seventeen consecutive years at the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre Theatre in Yellowknife, opened the area of script writing as well. Her first illustrated children's book, A SLED DOG FOR MOSHI, illustrated by Inuit print artist Germaine Arnaktauyok, was published in 1994 by Hyperion Press Ltd.
After twenty-five years in the Arctic, Jeanne and her husband left the North and followed their daughters to British Columbia. Currently, Jeanne lives in Richmond, B.C. where she continues to write children's books and is available for author visits and talks about Inuit culture and language in Vancouver area schools.