I’m a writer of contemporary fiction. Originally from Salisbury, Wiltshire, I read Modern Languages (French and German) at Oxford before moving to London where I live with my husband and two sons. I have lifelong links with France and am often found on the other side of the Channel.
My first novel Paris Mon Amour was released in June 2016 by digital publisher Canelo (UK, USA and Canada) and as an audio book from Audible (worldwide). It was published in paperback under my own new Literary Sofa imprint on 22 May 2017 – find out more here.
My short fiction has been published in various magazines and anthologies including Rattle Tales 2 and both volumes of Stories for Homes in aid of Shelter, with further publications to follow. I’ve been longlisted in the 2013 Lightship Flash Fiction competition and shortlisted for The Asham Award 2012, Short Fiction Journal Prize 2013 and the inaugural 2014 Room To Write competition. My short story The Word for Freedom lent its name to the Retreat West anthology to mark the centenary of women’s suffrage in autumn 2018. You can hear me read it here.
I really enjoy collaborative approaches to creative writing and exchange critiques with several other writers on an ongoing basis. I’m especially pleased to be part of the WoMentoring Project where I offer support to women writers.
I teach workshops on Resilient Thinking for Writers in partnership with author and psychologist Voula Tsoflias – now booking for 23 March 2019 at London Bridge Hive hosted by Retreat West. Dates elsewhere in the country to be announced soon.
I’ve been part of a stimulating and highly opinionated book group for 16 years. My own taste in novels centres on the crossover territory between literary and commercial fiction (I often think it’s hard to tell the difference). I am very drawn to American writing and I love reading in French.
My background is in marketing and communications but I am also a professionally qualified aromatherapist (Tisserand Institute), now studying perfumery as research for my next novel.
My leisure interests include travel (especially USA and France), foreign language film and TV, art, wine and cooking.
You can get in touch via Twitter @isabelcostello – except August, when I take the month off.
My agent is Diana Beaumont at Marjacq Scripts.
Photos authorised for publicity can be found in the Gallery.
About the Literary Sofa
I started this blog in September 2011, inspired by my love of reading and talking about good novels – it’s what I do all the time in real life. Here you’ll find in-depth reviews, listings, guest author posts and features about fiction from the perspective of both readers and writers. I hope you find something to add to your TBR list and look forward to hearing what excites you in the world of books. I was longlisted for Best Reviewer in the Saboteur Awards 2016.
You can find my guest posts and interviews for other blogs under the ELSEWHERE tab.