The Short of It:
Jessie Mattis grew up between cornfields in Potomac, Illinois with an ever changing stack of library books beside her bed. Children, reading, writing, and God have been major parts of life as long as she can remember, so when the idea for her middle grade novel, Power Up, struck, it seemed only natural to run with it. She also enjoys sharing her perspectives on faith and life on her blog.
Jessie graduated from Greenville College (now Greenville University) with a BA in social work and worked several years in the field of foster care and adoption before becoming a full time mom. She lives with her husband, Chip Mattis, and their three amazing kids in Bloomington, Indiana, and immensely enjoys being a wife and mom. While she is often busy homeschooling the kids, you can also find her spending time with friends and family, reading, writing, or sneaking chocolate from the cupboard to go with her black coffee (when the kids aren’t looking, of course).
The Long of It:
Jessie Mattis has enjoyed writing ever since middle school, but really began to focus on writing in 2017. This was when Power Up began to take shape. Since then she has also started a blog, where she writes about faith, health, and life.
Jessie attended Greenville College where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in social work, specializing in child welfare. At this liberal arts college, Jessie received a great deal of education and practice in writing, and even worked for the head professor of the English department.
After graduating and working several years as a foster care and adoption case manager, Jessie married Chip Mattis and soon began her life as a stay-at-home mom to their three amazing kids, Sophie, Olen, and Charlotte. Together they moved from their hometown in Illinois to northwest Indiana where they spent four great, busy years helping plant Rolling Hills Vineyard Church ( http://rollinghillsvineyard.org ). During this time, Jessie co-created their first kids’ church curriculum and was often found teaching one of the children’s classes.
Working with children has been a constant in Jessie’s life, which has led to an understanding of what kids want and need from Christian fiction. She began babysitting friends and cousins at age eleven, studied child welfare in college, worked two summers at a camp for inner-city children, worked in adoption/foster care, volunteers with kids at church, and is raising three of her own. Jessie believes there is no greater calling than to guide her children, and others, to the open arms of Jesus in as many ways as possible, including through the books they so love to read.
Currently, Jessie resides with her family in beautiful Bloomington, Indiana, where she homeschools their kids, volunteers at church, and embraces life as much as possible.