Grace Mattioli is the author of Olive Branches Don’t Grow On Trees (2012) and Discovery of an Eagle (2014), which both feature the lovable, quirky Greco family. She also published a small collection of short stories entitled The Brightness Index (2016) and plans to release A Very Wealthy Poor Man in 2018. This novel also features the Greco family and is told from the point of view of the family matriarch, Donna.

Her fiction is highly visual and filled with lovable, unforgettable 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.

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.”