Hi! I'm Isabel.
Born and raised in Boca Raton to a pair of Bolivian immigrants, matured in Orlando and currently living my adult life in Winter Park. I'm an avid movie goer, a giant word nerd, and in the possession of such enviable talents as to mispronounce several basic English words, which is just the beginning of my endearing quirks. I like to doodle, write semi-coherent sentences and I read quite a bit. I freely admit to loving the heck out of Young Adult literature (Potter!) and being a romantic sentimentalist—I adore Austen, James, Hardy and Wharton. I'm big on imagination, traveling, trivia about world history, and getting to the heart of the things. I have a profound fondness for all things Anthropologie + Jcrew.
I studied Creative Writing and History at UCF, finished in 2006 and I thought that was the end of pencils, books and teacher's dirty looks. Not so. I rejoined the academic world some five years later and picked up graphic design in order to become a children's book writer + illustrator. Except somewhere in the beginning of my scholastic pursuit, I bumped into the letterpress world and haven't left yet. Now I get to come up with cute + charming greeting cards, wedding invitation suites and many other things I've been secretly dreaming about. All of this has been a sweet surprise and I've loved every minute of it. I'm so thankful to be lucky enough to do what I love—writing books and designing greeting cards. If you'd like to learn a little bit more about my company, 9th Letter Press, visit here.
A heartfelt thanks to my parents + brother, and to the rest of the Bolivian brigade, for the friends who speak "bumper sticker" and whose encouraging pep talks I receive on a near daily basis. A loud and exuberant shout out to my Nacho Libro ladies—a magical bookclub filled with great friends and delish treats.