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Grace Mattioli is the author of two novels–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. She also 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. She strongly believes that if people were happier, the world would be a better place.

She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and her cats. She worked as a librarian, a food cart owner, a retail clerk, a short order cook and at many other jobs. She’s an avid gardener and makes jewelry and perfume which she sells in various local stores.

She has been writing creatively since she was a child. Her 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.”