Nancy Marie Mangano (born Nancy Marie Southwell) is an American novelist, feature film screenwriter and fashion/style/beauty blogger. She is the author of the Natalie North private investigator/murder mystery series, set in Los Angeles County. Her novels have won three awards. Her fashion/style/beauty blog, Author Nancy Mangano, is read globally.
Early Life and education
Nancy Mangano was born in Lansing, Michigan to Donald Eugene Southwell, an upper management executive in aerospace, and Annette Louise Southwell (nee Schmetzer), a business owner of a heating and air conditioning company. Her father is of English and German ancestry, and her mother is of predominantly German descent, with English lineage. Her father was attending Michigan State University when Nancy was born, and after his graduation, her parents moved the family to Southern California, where Mangano grew up. She has one older sister, Victoria (Vicki) and was raised in the Roman Catholic religion.
Mangano attended Santa Ana Junior College where she received an Associate in Arts Degree in Criminal Justice. During this time she worked at the Orange County Sheriff – Coroner Department. She transferred to California State University, Fullerton where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications/Broadcast Journalism & Radio/TV/Film. With passions in writing, detective work and fashion, Mangano interned at KCBS-TV with then investigative reporter Harvey Levin (currently of TMZ), KTLA and KNBC-TV. Mangano then worked at NBC-TV, Burbank for two years as a full-time employee, assisting in the KNBC newsroom and working in the Corporate Media Events department and the Movies/Miniseries department.
According to Mangano, while she was working at the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, she decided that it would be “much more fun to play an investigator on TV as opposed to being one in real life”, and consequently changed her major to Communications.
Mangano has always enjoyed writing and fashion. As a young girl she would write stories, even making an About the Author page. By the age of twenty, she had a complete modeling portfolio of herself and she would drive to Hollywood, California, knocking on agents’ doors and being sent on go-sees, where she landed print modeling jobs. She also appeared as an extra in three feature films, Body Shot (1994), Speechless (1994) and Bug Buster (1998) and one made-for-television movie, A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Jealous Jokester (1995). Later she incorporated these interests together in her writing of novels and feature film screenplays.
Full Time Writer
Mangano is the author of two Natalie North murder mystery novels, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. The series stars Natalie North, a twenty-nine-year-old Los Angeles private investigator who busts cheating partners and solves felony crimes, while always maintaining a sense of fashion flair and wearing a great pair of high heels.
Mangano has written two feature film screenplays, Pretties on the Prowl and Fatal Forgiveness. Pretties on the Prowl is a female buddy comedy script starring two unmarried, desperate 30-something women, whom acting on an outrageous bet, scope out the city of Los Angeles in the hopes of hooking fiancé’s in four-weeks time. Fatal Forgiveness is a drama, whereby a close knit family is torn apart after the unexpected tragic death of a relative, and the family is forced to deal through their anger and bitterness as they try to find true forgiveness. Mangano is in the process of writing her screenplay, Fatal Forgiveness, into book format. She is also continuing the writing of her Natalie North mystery novel series.
Global Author of Fashion/Style/Beauty Blog
Mangano writes the global fashion/style/beauty/book blog Author Nancy Mangano, where she incorporates her desire of fashion, style, beauty and books.
Mangano has been married to Dennis Mangano, her high school boyfriend, from 1976 – 1979.
Awards and Notability
Mangano’s novels have won three awards:
A Passion for Prying:
- 2011 Best NEW Mystery Author at Books&Authors 
- 2011 – 2012 Honorable Mention/Mystery Genre at the Los Angeles Book Festival
Murder Can Be Messy:
In 2011, Mangano made a guest author appearance on The Balancing Act, Lifetime Television.
In February 2011, Nancy Mangano was also invited to speak on the Author Talk Radio Show.
She has also been featured in the South Africa Herald.
- A Passion for Prying Published October 2010 (Natalie North series)
- Murder Can Be Messy Published September 2012 (Natalie North series)
- Fatal Forgiveness In progress
- Pretties on the Prowl– Comedy Genre 2010
- Fatal Forgiveness– Drama 2011
- ↑DURHAM, N.C. (17 September 2013). Award-Winning Author Nancy Mangano Presents Murder Can Be Messy.
- ↑ 02.1 2.2 http://www.books-and-authors.net/BooksoftheYear2012.html
- ↑ 03.1 2011-2012 LOS ANGELES BOOK FESTIVAL WINNERS. Retrieved on 7 September 2014.
- ↑Author Information. Retrieved on 7 September 2014.
- ↑Best New Mystery Author Nancy Mangano Sizzles in Her Latest Thrill Novel, Murder Can be Messy (4 January 2013).
- ↑Tina (23 June 2012). The Saturday Spotlight with Nancy Mangano.
- ↑A Passion For Prying. Retrieved on 7 September 2014.
Photo of Nancy Mangano by Rich Hogan
Visit Nancy on her author website http://www.nancymangano.com, her fashion/style/beauty/book blog http://www.passionforprying.wordpress.com, Twitter @nancymangano and her author Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano.