Jessie Mattis

Why I Started Writing:

When I was thirteen, I read Let the Circle be Unbroken by Mildred D. Taylor. Not wanting the powerful story to conclude, I grabbed my notebook and set to work writing fifteen more pages before I decided it was time to let the story end in my mind. Looking back, this was my first hint that writing was a part of me.

Though I frequently write for various reasons, I never truly considered pursuing publication until I had the idea for my middle grade novel Power Up. Once the idea struck, it flowed quickly from my fingertips onto the computer. With it came an indescribable feeling of passion, fulfillment, and the urge to make Jesus better known through my words. Now that I’ve experienced this “writer’s rush,” it’s hard to imagine turning back!

Authors Who Have Influenced Me:

In middle school, I spent most afternoons on my bed buried in The Babysitters Club series by Ann M. Martin. Recently, I’ve experienced the joy of reading these same books aloud to my own kids. Her writing style is perfect for that age group and has been a great example to me as I’ve tried to re-enter the mind of a tween for my own writing.

Francine Rivers’s books have been a great inspiration to me as well. Authors like Rivers, who are so thoroughly engaging, have shown me what great writing not only looks like, but feels like. The way she weaves the pieces of her stories together and introduces relevant backstory bit by unexpected bit is truly captivating to me as a reader and motivating to me as a writer.

Books I Have Written:

Middle grade fiction book, Power Up, is my debut novel.

What I'm Working On Now:

I am currently working on an adult Christian fiction novel inspired by true events.

I have ideas for future projects but am deliberately focusing on one at a time. Homeschooling and raising three young kids keeps me busy!

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