Nancy Lynn Jarvis was a Santa Cruz, California, Realtor for twenty-five years but was having so much fun writing that she let her license lapse in May of 2013.
After earning a BA in behavioral science from San Jose State University, she worked in the advertising department of the San Jose Mercury News. A move to Santa Cruz meant a new job as a librarian and later a stint as the business manager of Shakespeare/Santa Cruz. Nancy's work history reflects her philosophy: people should try something radically different every few years.
In the course of writing seven books in the Regan McHenry Real Estate Mysteries series, Nancy took some detours. She wrote "Mags and the AARP Gang," a novel Nancy thinks was channeled through her by an eighty-three-year-old woman with a story to tell, and a little insider's book "The Truth About Hosting Airbnb." She also edited "Cozy Food: 128 Cozy Mystery Writers Share Their Favorite Recipes," and most recently, "Santa Cruz Weird," a short story anthology with contributions from seventeen Santa Cruz writers.