J. Michael Jarvis (born April 28, 1962) is an American author of narrative adventure travels, as well as romantic adventure comedies for screen and television. He is best known for writing a true story describing his life during a 1981 roller-skiing adventure across the French Riviera, traveling from Italy to Spain. Rollin’ on the Riviera is the instant classic filled with perilous speed predicaments, unpredictable characters, romantic heartache, and the mental and physical challenges of a 19-year-old boy’s journey to manhood.
Jarvis is a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Aeronautical Science with honors as Class Speaker at commencement ceremonies. Jarvis is a Captain of both air and sea, holding an FAA Air Transport Pilot license to regularly fly private jets, and a US Coast Guard Master License (Yacht Captain), allowing his experiences as Captain of yachts around California, Mexico and extensive Caribbean tours.
Jarvis continues to write about his adventures on the sea and in the sky. In 1985, Jarvis survived an aerobatic biplane crash where, unfortunately, he adapted an old pilot’s adage to “any landing you can crawl away from with broken arms and legs, on fire, is a good one.” His sense of humor is both inspirational and thought-provoking, with an extraordinarily rare insight into the generosity we are given with each extended day of our fragile lives.
With a passion for the sea and sky, Jarvis’ career as a corporate jet pilot enables access to high-profile celebrities to adventures around the world. As a yacht captain, his adventures by sea extend throughout the Caribbean, where high-seas, mechanical failures and pirate encounters nearly ruined a glorious month at sea.
An active member of Southern California Writers Association, Jarvis lives in his birth-town of Newport Beach, California. Jarvis is happily married with four adult children.