First Language(s): Hungarian
Second Language(s): English, Russian, French
Izabelle was born and raised in Hungary. After immigrating to the United States, she graduated with honors from Monroe College in New York, with a Bachelor's in Information Systems in before moving to Chicago, where she earned her MBA from Webster University. Izabelle writes novels, short stories, creative nonfiction, flash fiction, plays, and poetry. She's currently working on a series of children's books with illustrations. Her work appears in several publications in print and online.
What was your favorite book as a child?
My mom would read fairy tales to my sister and me each night, which I loved. Some were original Hungarian tales, and some were translated. My favorite would have to be the Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales.
Do you remember the original reason or motivation why you started writing creatively?
I’ve wanted to write since I was a child. At eight-years-old, I went to the library to research the jungle because, in my book, the plane would crash there, and I wanted to make sure I could describe how the jungle looked. Reading for me has always been an escape, so I believe writing served the same purpose, even in those early years. Our reality was a nightmare.
What was the most adventurous or thrilling thing you ever did/experienced?
I traveled to Morocco in 2018 and visited many wonderful cities there. I rode a camel (for the second time in my life), climbed Mount Agadir, enjoyed the breathtaking mountains of Marrakech, and lost my fear of heights on the castle walls at Essaouira.
Do you listen to music while reading or writing?
Yes. Not all the time, but on average, at least half the time, I have something soothing playing while I write and revise or read. Especially, if I write at the library, or at the college, I like to listen to Enigma or special solfeggio frequencies for creative focus. It helps me relax and drown out background noise.
Issue Spring '20