Lisa Maxwell
Lisa Maxwell

The Shorter Version:

Cameron Whitman Photography

Cameron Whitman Photography

Lisa Maxwell is the New York Times Best-Selling author of The Last Magician. The book is being translated into six languages and has been sold in eight territories. Her other books include the award-winning Unhooked, as well as the critically acclaimed Sweet Unrest and Gathering Deep.  She has a PhD in English and currently is a professor at a community college outside of D.C.  She has a soft spot for loud music and fast cars, so when she's not teaching or writing, you can probably find her catching a live band or going on adventures with her husband and two boys in the Challenger she named Viola.

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.



Beauty and the Bookshelf-Unhooked Inspiration and World

Unhooked- Source Texts and World Building

Unhooked- Writing a ReTelling

Pandora's Books- Unhooked Research and More

USA Today Happy Ever After Blog

About Balancing My Three Lives

About My Submission Experience

The Author's Voice

Interview with the Fearless Fifteeners

About Writing Sweet Unrest

On the Inspiration for Gathering Deep