Author Interview: Lisa Maxwell

We had the chance to interview the fabulous Lisa Maxwell. She is the New York Times Best-Selling author of The Last Magician series. If you haven’t read this series, we highly recommend it. It’s full of both magic and history. Thanks, Lisa! We can’t wait to read more of your books!

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1.) When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? 

I came to it very late, actually. I’ve always been a reader—to the point that I went through a lot of grad school to study literature. But I wasn’t really ever brave enough to think about writing until I fell in love with romance and YA lit. 

2.) What inspired you to write The Last Magician series?

I had an idea for a thief who could see in bullet time, and it took about 4 years but I finally figured out her story.

3.) What are you hoping readers will take away from this series? 

I hope they just have fun reading it, honestly. I know when I write that I’m answering and playing with certain ideas for myself, but I don’t have any real agenda for what readers should get. Once the book is in their hands, it’s theirs. 

4.) What are your favorite YA books? 

I love Laini Taylor’s stuff— STRANGE THE DREAMER and MUSE OF NIGHTMARES was greet. I’m also a big fan of a lot of Maggie Stiefvater’s writing.

5.) What is the best piece of writing/publishing advice that you have received? Any advice for aspiring authors? 

Develop a thick skin and don’t read reviews 🙂  But advice I would give? I think aspiring authors have to just read everything. The more they read, the richer the well they have to draw from.

6.) What comes next for you as you wrap up the Last Magician series? 

A very long nap, lol. But seriously, after TLM is finished, I have a middle grade in the queue and then…I’m actually not sure. My brain has been so tied up with the twists and turns of this series, I really think I might need to take a few months off and just *be* so I can start fresh on something new.

22 thoughts on “Author Interview: Lisa Maxwell”

  1. I don’t blame her for wanting to take a nap after her book is done! I hear book deadlines are crazy!!
    I also like how she describes it as “bullet time.” Makes me think of The Matrix. 😛
    Awesome interview. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Really neat interview. Thanks so much for posting. I love to find new series to check out. I love the Q&A. I will share on my reading group on Pinterest as well. I appreciate you share in the bloggpromoo share as well 🙂

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  3. This is such a nice and motivational interview for aspiring authors like me. She correctly says not to heed on reviews too much and focus on writing and reading stuff. Thank you for the inspiration.

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  4. I have this series on my shelves as well and am looking forward to getting into it this year. I love the covers! Thank you for the interview. It’s encouraging to see her advice to not read reviews, it must be difficult as a writer!

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