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 volunteers as a mentor with Author Mentor Match and provides query and pitch critiques for new #DVpit participants. She lives in central NY with her fiancée and their brood of furry children: cats Oliver and December and a mischievous beagle puppy named Lily.



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 in a good book.


After graduating high school, Isabel went off to college to study music. Four years later, her dreams of a career writing music for Disney films thoroughly dashed, Isabel went on to get a master's degree in Higher Education Administration. A month after graduation, she landed a job as a Residence Director, where she managed a building with 550 college students (and oh, the stories she could tell). These days, Isabel pays the bills as the Leasing and Marketing Manager at an apartment complex for college students.

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


Isabel is represented by Kathleen Rushall at Andrea Brown Literary Agency