Nova Jacobs has an MFA from the USC School of Cinematic Arts and is a recipient of the Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Her debut novel The Last Equation of Isaac Severy, a literary mystery set in the world of mathematics, was named a Best Mystery of 2018 by The Wall Street Journal and was nominated for a 2019 Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America. She is a co-writer with Donnie Eichar on the nonfiction mystery and New York Times best-seller Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Jeremy.