Jesse graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with dual degrees in English and International Affairs. Before deciding to write for young adults, she worked with them as a high school teacher and academic advisor.Her short stories have appeared in The Saturday Evening Post and Youth Imagination Magazine, among other publications. She has also received honorable mentions for multiple quarters of the Writers of the Future Contest. She is also a graduate of the highly competitive AWP Mentorship program. Jesse lives in Colorado with her husband, daughter, and two fur children. Aside from writing, favorite things include hiking, photography, travel, cooking, and coffee.