The Shorter Version:
Lisa Maxwell is the New York Times Best-Selling author of The Last Magician. Her other critically acclaimed books include Sweet Unrest, Gathering Deep, and Unhooked. She has a PhD in English, and when she's not writing books, she's an English professor at a local college. She grew up in Akron, OH, and has lived in lots of other places: Pennsylvania, Illinois, Alabama, and even a short stint in Italy. Currently makes her home near DC with her very patient husband and two not-so patient boys.
The Longer Version:
Growing up in Northeast Ohio, I spent the summers reading everything I could get my hands on. My mom often told me to put down the books and go play. I rarely listened.
I liked books so much that I decided to give up the rather sensible idea that I should be a lawyer and decided instead to get a not-so-sensible degree in English.
Then I decided that there couldn't be anything better than reading books for a living and forcing other people to talk about them with me. So I got another English degree...and another one.
What can I say? I make awesome life choices.
More years than I want to admit later, my family moved to Birmingham, Alabama for my husband's job. I had two small kids, no local friends, and no full-time job of my own, so I decided to try my hand at writing fiction to fill the hours. I don't think anyone was more surprised than me to discover that I loved it. Maybe even more than just reading books for a living. Go figure.
I no longer live in Alabama, and I currently teach full-time at a local college, but I'm still writing fiction for teens. I like my stories dark and magical with a splash of romance.
After moving from Ohio to Pennsylvania to Illinois to Alabama (with a short stint in Italy thrown in for good measure), I now live with my family in the DC Metro area. I plan to stay indefinitely.
I'm represented by Kathleen Rushall at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency.