Maria Izabel Rose Pacheco Mello was born in a triple-decker duplex house beside the railroad tracks. She started writing in the first grade. A teacher for thirty-eight years, she saw the helplessness of some children, but she also saw the wonder and tried to feed it.
She has taken with her from childhood a deep love of nature. She loves reading biographies and books on history, science (both natural and physical), and fishing. She has studied the violin and the piano, and speaks Portuguese and a trace of Russian. Widowed for over twenty years, she looks back on a happy marriage to a man who encouraged her in all her endeavors. She paints waterclors, gardens, does crosswords and needlepoint, and is always writing. She has been blessed with good friends. She strongly believes in a higher being who goes by many names.
Mello graces her writing with the gifts of careful observation, time spent out-of-doors, and the insights and visions of seventy-five years. Her work has been published in various small presses, and is often read aloud to enthusiastic audiences.