About Isabel

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Isabel Sterling has been dreaming up new worlds since childhood, but she didn’t commit any of them to paper until after college. When she’s not writing about magic and murder, Isabel can be found lost in a good book, binge-watching her favorite shows, or swimming in the lake. She lives in central NY with her wife and their brood of furry children: cats Oliver and December and a mischievous puppy named Lily.

Her debut YA novel, These Witches Don't Burn, will publish in May 28, 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