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Jess grew up with a love for story telling. From a young age, she was entering writing competitions and filming short videos with friends and family in her hometown of Red Bud, IL. She used her love of story telling as a way to cope with the grief she experienced in her teenage years and early 20s. She began writing as her main form of expression in 2015 with the encouragement of her family and late friend Cloe Beck. After losing Cloe, unexpectedly in 2017, Jess stepped away from her writing to focus on obtaining her graduate degree. 

Following her graduation from DePaul University in 2019, where she completed her Masters in Cinema Post Production, she began using her free time to write again. This was after a professor voiced how much he enjoyed the story ideas she presented in his class. He encouraged her to pick up the pen again and bring them to fruition. One of those ideas was Mercy's Light, which she had been working on since she was 12 years old. In that year Jess completed several projects that she shelved for the future, but in 2020 she decided it was time to follow her childhood dream and publish her work. 

With the support of her friends, family, and the followers of her social media accounts under stressinabox, Jess has found herself ready to take that leap by self-publishing her debut novel Mercy's Light as an indie author. 

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