Fun Facts


Isabella Velasquez

  1. The inspiration for my first picture book, A Pawsome Nativity Story, came from a 7th-grade language arts writing assignment.
  2. My favorite vacation spot is Torch Lake in Northern Michigan. The inspiration for Winter Running with the Wolves comes from Michigan’s beautiful forests and breathtaking lakes.
  3. Kodiak, a wolf in Winter Running with the Wolves, was named after a wolf from the Michigan Zoo.
  4. For a 4th-grade talent show, my best friends and I wrote and performed a song called Noah’s Puppies, to the tune of Matt Maher’s “Lord I Need You.”
  5. I have been playing volleyball for 9 years and have recently started coaching and refereeing.
  6. I adore dogs! My favorite types are golden retrievers, huskies, German shepherds, Australian shepherds, Alaskan malamutes, border collies, and Great Pyrenees.
  7. Having multiple food sensitivities makes finding yummy treats a challenge for me. One of my favorite desserts is a cookie sammie sandwich from my favorite restaurant, Intentional Foods.
  8. In preparation for writing Winter Running with the Wolves, it was really important to me that the details were authentic and accurate concerning wolf behavior. I conducted a bunch of research and learned a lot of interesting facts about wolves. I hope you learn something you never knew about this amazing species!
  9. My parents love to remind me of how, when I was a toddler, I would talk and talk, but my words didn’t make sense because I had created my own language. I then like to laugh back and tell them, “Jokes on them!” Look at me now!
  10. The inspiration for the main characters in Winter Running with the Wolves comes from my favorite TV shows and movies.

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Isabella is excited about the opportunity to join your school or church and inspire young writers.


Isabella’s journey as an author, intertwined with her devotion to God and her boundless creativity, has been showcased in both The Catholic Sun and The Bishop’s Hour podcast.

She joyfully spreads her enthusiasm for writing, her purpose of motivating fellow young writers to embrace their imaginative pursuits, and above all, her profound affection for Christ and His Church.