Michael Jarvis was born on an Air Force base and traveled regularly, living as a child in Guam, Georgia, and England. He graduated from Florida International University with degrees in Fine Arts and English and lives in Miami, scouting locations for various film projects and writing fiction.

His short story, American Kestrel, was published in The Secret of Salt: An Indigenous Journal (Key West) in 2008.

He is at work on a novel set in Costa Rica.