Christine Svendsen (writing as Isabella)

Christine Svendsen, also writing as Isabella – Owner and Publisher of Sapphire Books Publishing, LLC.

How it all started — When Christine Svendsen’s first book was turned away by publishers, she launched her own publishing company. Now, eight years later, she’s has a house full of award-winning lesbian authors and her own award-winning books published under the pseudonym Isabella via Sapphire Books. “Believe in yourself. Rejection isn’t the end of a story, it can be a beginning,” Svendsen said. “Looking back, I didn’t think in terms of what if this doesn’t work? I only thought of the possibilities.” Since then Christine has won numerous awards for her books and has signed some pretty awesome and talented award-winning authors, which has moved Sapphire up on the list to be noticed.