Jessica was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. Always a passionate reader, she began writing at the age of fourteen and hasn't stopped! She is currently a senior at the University of Louisville and is working toward her bachelor's degree in marketing. She also started her own publishing business, Owl Griffin Press, at age 22.
Schmidt began writing her debut young-adult fantasy novel, Echoes of Ashes: Ember, at the age of nineteen and has been exploring it and refining it ever since. Schmidt credits her mother with being her biggest inspiration and supporter. After her mother's death, Schmidt decided to publish Echoes of Ashes: Ember in her honor.