Hey, there. I’m Izzy and I write love stories. I started out in advertising back in 1994 and decades later, after working at a dot com, a bank, and in entertainment, I remembered a childhood dream. In January of 2020, I sold my first book. Here’s my story.
Isabel Jolie is my pen name. It’s a combination of my daughter’s middle names, and they are everything to me. Why use a pen name? Well, my real name isn’t particularly fab. And I write steamy romance. The kind I love to read and the kind my grandmother would not approve of. And, then there are the parents at the PTA meetings– you never really know which they swing, ya’ know? So, yes, I am closeted.
Romance creates an escape and provides an emotional, heart warming journey. That’s why I love it and that’s why I write it.
“Everything you read should improve your mind.” That’s what my Dad told me. For years, I followed his advice. Aside from the DaVinci Code…
Then I had kids. And I didn’t sleep for ages and at some point, I said fuck it, I’m gonna read for fun. I dreamed of falling through a rock and landing in 17th century Scotland, and I never looked back at business nonfiction again.
In undergrad, I went to Journalism school. I think I always wanted to be a writer. But I’ve also always had a desire to be able to pay my bills. And advertising account execs get paid more than reporters.
Given how little I make as an author, and how much fun I had in all those prior jobs (for real, great people, great times, would do it all over again in a flash), I think I made the right choice for me.
Yes, I’m old as fuck now (or that’s how it feels) but there’s still more life in me.
That’s me in a nutshell. Carolina girl, moved to NYC the day after graduation, lived in Manhattan through her twenties, met her husband, moved to LA. Two baby girls who are now 12 and 14 (how did that happen?). Moved to Charlotte, NC to be closer to family and now I’m pursuing a writing career. It’s an anxiety-provoking, frustrating, and demoralizing-at-times endeavor, but I’m working at it. Each and every day, I’m working at it.