Grace Mattioli is the author of Olive Branches Don’t Grow On Trees (2012) and Discovery of an Eagle (2014), which both feature a quirky, dysfunctional, yet highly lovable family named the Grecos. She is currently working on a novel, entitled A Very Wealthy Poor Man, which features the same family. In addition to her three novels, she published a small collection of short stories entitled The Brightness Index (2016).
Her fiction is highly visual and filled with unique, highly dimensional characters. While her stories deal with such serious issues as dysfunctional families and addiction, they’re very humorous. Finding happiness and inner peace are major themes that run throughout all of her work and readers can discover valuable insights that they can apply to their own lives. Grace is passionate about the subject of happiness as she believes that it’s not only important on an individual level, but on a global level as well.
She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and three cats. She has worked as a librarian for over twenty years and has been writing creatively since she was a child. She studied English literature in college and has participated in several writing workshops and classes.
Grace’s favorite book is Alice in Wonderland. Her favorite author is Flannery O’Connor. Her favorite line of literature comes from James Joyce’s novella The Dead: “Better pass boldly into that other world, in the full glory of some passion, than fade and wither dismally with age.”