Izabel lives half the year in the cool, misty west of Scotland with a large, plush tuxedo cat called Sachiko-san. Her favourite author since the age of twelve has been Jane Austen, but she is also partial to the writings of Anthony Trollope, Elizabeth Goudge, Elizabeth Von Armin, and J R R Tolkien. Sachiko-san is partial to a bit of salmon from the Loch Fyne Oyster Bar.
She lives the other half of the year in Verona in the north of Italy and when not writing she makes clothing and accessories from vintage and recycled textiles. Her other interests include women mediaeval mystics, beachcombing, and hand embroidery.