About Isabel

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Isabel Sterling is an LGBTQ advocate and educator by day and a YA author by night. When she’s not writing about magic and murder, Isabel can be found lost in a good book, marathoning her favorite shows, or relaxing by the lake. She lives in central NY with her wife and their brood of furry children: cats Oliver and December and a beagle-mix named Lily.

Isabel is the author of These Witches Don’t Burn (out now) and This Coven Won’t Break (coming June 2020 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. After six years working in student housing, Isabel is now the program coordinator for her local LGBTQ Center where she provides LGBTQ educational trainings to her rural community and serves as an advocate and support for LGBTQ children, teens, and adults.

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 five 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 beagle-mix, squeezing in writing every chance she gets.


Isabel is represented by Kathleen Rushall at Andrea Brown Literary Agency