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What motivates you as a writer?

As a writer, I’m motivated by my desire to spread the hope Jesus offers in the midst of hard things. Writing is a way for me to communicate this message in a way that’s accessible to people and to a broader audience than I would otherwise have.

What types of books do you like to read?


I love reading and read a lot of historical/romantic Christian fiction; Francine Rivers is one of my favorite authors. I also like some contemporary fiction, as well as Christian non-fiction on an array of topics (parenting, spiritual growth, personal development).

How has becoming a writer affected your own reading habits?

Since I began writing several years ago, I find that I go through spurts of not reading much while I’m focused on a project, and then I make up for those dry spells by taking a chunk of time to devour a few books before jumping back into whatever project I’m working on. I definitely read differently now that I’m focused in on my own work; I read with an editor’s eye and sometimes have to force myself to stop critiquing and just enjoy whatever book is currently in my hands. I believe all healthy writers need to prioritize reading in their busy schedules.



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PUBLISHER: Elk Lake Publishing, 2019

Eleven-year-old Lexi has learned all there is to know about God … or so she thinks until Miss Kate arrives and shakes up Kids’ Church with her new ideas. As if it’s not enough that Lexi has to get her history grade up or miss out on the class trip with her friends, her new relationship with the Holy Spirit is suddenly put to the test when a family crisis strikes. Can Lexi trust that God is good in the middle of all this pressure?




"What an amazing little book to share with the whole family! This story was a roller coaster ride of excitement after young Lexi learns in a month what most people spend a lifetime trying to understand and usually miss out on. I laughed out loud, I felt the stress and fear that the characters felt and I cried along with them through sad, scary and joyful experiences lived out in this book! This is an amazing book that highlights the simple process of getting to know the Holy Spirit, the most left out and forgotten part of the Trinity. I can’t wait for the rest of my family to read this book! ... I think the author hit it out of the park with this one!"     

-Jared, Amazon reviewer

"Power Up, by Jessie Mattis, is a must read for all ages! Though targeting middle-level kids, the plot twists, adversities, complexities in relationships, tender moments and tearful breakthroughs make this book a great read for anyone. Through engaging dialogue and real life events, the story line of Power Up reveals and explains deep theological concepts about how to live a Christian life that is active and adventuresome through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. Be strengthened and recharged in your Christian Power Up!"

-T Rofo

"Perfectly written chapter book for tweens and young teens but great for the whole family! A superb storyline from the point of view of an eleven year old girl who's new Sunday School teacher helps her unlock understanding of how the Holy Spirit works through believers. This book has powerful potential for helping you and your children understand how the Holy Spirit can empower you in your daily life. I highly recommend this book for your family's library! I'll be buying more copies to send as gifts to friends with children so they can "Power Up"!"  

--Christ Reynolds

"This is such a phenomenal book! If you are worried that the books your kids are reading have little to no substance, then this is a must read! It is a great introduction to the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives, and I would highly recommend it for all ages! It is an engaging, easy read with an interesting plot line. Definitely a book worth keeping on your bookshelf!" 

-Barnes and Noble reviewer

"As a mother, Sunday school teacher, and private school teacher, I thought Power Up was a wonderful book to help kids understand how the Holy Spirit can be invited to work in their lives. In fact, even as an adult, it was a beautiful reminder to be asking the Spirit to help me and to be showing me who to encourage and bless. I loved the setting of the Sunday school room "homework" lessons to encourage the kids to invite the Holy Spirit to work in their daily lives (reminding me to do the same). It is an easy read for a reluctant reader and makes a wonderful read-aloud for families." -AMAZON REVIEW