About Isabel


Isabel Sterling is a queer #ownvoices writer of middle grade and young adult novels. Before finding her way to the world of books, Isabel channeled her love of storytelling into a music composition degree. Isabel lives in central NY with her wife and their brood of furry children: cats Oliver and December and a mischievous beagle puppy named Lily.

Her debut YA novel, These Witches Don't Burn, will publish in 2019 from Razorbill. 


bio: The long version

Isabel Sterling hails from two rural towns in Central New York. During summers, she lived near Lake Ontario where she spent most days floating in the bay, dreaming up stories she never quite had the courage to write down. During the academic year, she lived with her mother closer to Cayuga Lake. Despite these different locales, the view outside both her bedroom windows was a cornfield (no joke). Not being a terribly outdoorsy person, Isabel spent most of her childhood and teen years lost the world of books.



After graduating high school, Isabel went off to college to study music. Four years later, her dream of writing music for Disney thoroughly dashed, Isabel went on to get a master's degree in Higher Education Administration. These days, Isabel works as a Community Manager for off-campus student housing.

Isabel started writing fiction in grad school as an escape from the stress of classes. In 2012, she participated in NaNoWriMo on a whim and never looked back. Since then, she has written four young adult novels, one middle grade novel, read countless books and articles about writing craft, and even found her own happily ever after. She lives with her wife, their two cats, and a new puppy, squeezing in writing every chance she gets.


Isabel is represented by Kathleen Rushall at Andrea Brown Literary Agency