As the Consortium’s Chief Editor, Jessie brings a dedication to high-quality storytelling to the Consortium’s School of Writing.
I strive to escape the reality of this world while still conveying ultimate truths and passions.
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Jessie doesn’t remember a time when she didn’t answer “an author” to the ceaseless question posed by the adults around her, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” But she figures this dream must have been realized sometime around the age of six or seven, when she wrote her first story. “The White-Pawed Kitten” was five pages long, written in several different colored pencils, and didn’t have a coherent ending, but her family told her that she had a natural talent for writing. Jessie took these words to heart.
Throughout the years, Jessie realized an inner desire to create places that she could never go and become people that she could never be. For Jessie, writing about a rock star brings satisfaction the equivalent of growing up and becoming a rock star, and yet is something far more attainable. Following the steps of most of her family members, Jessie graduated with an English degree from Oklahoma Christian University. There she came to grips with the fact that there were others in this realm who also enjoyed her stories, and she competed in NaNoWriMo 2009 to help re-dedicate herself to her craft.
Jessie realizes the limitations of writing, also choosing to express herself through music. She directed a girl’s choir for two years and played piano competitively for nine years. Even though these things are in her past, she never misses an opportunity to sing loudly to the radio in her car. Her love of music is evident in a quote from her husband, “Every book Jessie writes is named after the title of a song.”
Jessie currently works as a copyeditor for the family-owned Tate Publishing, where she corrects grammar for hours a day and dreams of the time when she can go home and create her own masterpieces. She believes that living art inspires art, that one must read good books to write good books, and that you should experience life fully and expand your base from which to “write what you know.”