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!
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.