I.S. Berry spent six years as an operations officer for the CIA, including one year in wartime Baghdad. She has lived and worked throughout Europe and the Middle East, and spent two years in Bahrain during the Arab Spring. Her debut spy novel, The Peacock and the Sparrow, was named a "Best Book of 2023" by The New Yorker. Publishers Weekly, in a starred review, calls it "outstanding," and Joseph Weisberg, creator of the TV series The Americans, calls it "the most realistic espionage story I've read." She has been published in Publishers Weekly, CrimeReads, and the war-literature journal Wrath-Bearing Tree.
Ilana is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law and Haverford College, and lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and son. She is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, International Association of Crime Writers, and the Association of Former Intelligence Officers. She serves as a judge for the Killer Nashville International Writers Conference.