Thursday, January 5, 2017

Meet Theresa M. Jarvela

“Life is full of adventures – live them, read them or write them!
You’re never too old to enjoy them”
Theresa M. Jarvela

Imagine spending time on a chilly evening curled up on a couch with a cup of tea and reading an engaging cozy mystery. 

Theresa M. Jarvela, resident of Brainerd, has penned the perfect ‘cozy’ mystery series with her “Tales of a Tenacious Housesitter.” Three novels in the series “Home Sweet Murder,” “Home for the Murder” and “Bring Home the Murder” were published by North Star Press, St. Cloud.
Theresa, an avid reader and a big fan of cozy mysteries, drew upon her life experiences and people she met along the paths of life when creating her series. The setting, an idyllic town Pine Lake in northern Minnesota is where main character, Meggie, a curious adventuresome slightly past middle-aged resident takes on the challenge of house sitting. Shirley, her outspoken, spirited side kick comes along for the ride as they uncover mysteries, family secrets and solve mysteries despite often putting their lives at risk. The characters are relatable in these light, heartwarming and well-paced, stories. Sharp dialogue crafted into conversational tones with humor interspersed and a well thought out mystery, makes for an engaging read.

“Bring Home the Murder,” third book in the series, recently placed as a Semi-Finalist in the 5th Annual 2016 Kindle Book Award.

The idea to write a novel first struck Theresa as a young mother and became one of her lifetime goals despite numerous challenges along the way. Years later with her five children grown, she took an advanced creative writing class and joined Brainerd Writers Alliance. This organization opened the door to her writing world presenting a myriad of opportunities for a writer living in the area as well as finding support for her work. Theresa currently belongs to Great River Writers in Little Falls, MN and in the past was previously affiliated with Twin Cities Sisters in Crime.

Theresa is also a freelance writer and has been published in several regional magazines. Her article, Facebook – Friend or Foe, placed in the 79th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition. Talking to William, a poignant piece about her stillborn grandson was published in "Her Voice." Theresa plans to devote more time in 2017 to freelance writing.

As a writer one of the most satisfying things for Theresa is the knowledge that others enjoy what she has created. She hopes that when readers finish her books they will smile and experience a warm fuzzy feeling as they think about the importance of friendships and look at life as an adventure. Lastly, she hopes that readers will recognize there just might be a little of Meggie and Shirley in all of us.

For more information contact Theresa at or

Article submitted to Lakes Area Living Magazine January issue by Sue Ready

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