Lisa Maxwell
Lisa Maxwell

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Cameron Whitman Photography

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.



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