• Noha Badawi

The Devil’s Thief by Lisa Maxwell – (Author Interview)

Fan of time/travel, fantasy and magic? This is definitely your place.

You must have come across a book titled “The Last Magician” sometime in the past year. Big book, gorgeous cover and very very attractive synopsis; a book that you must read.

And if you need any more encouragement you can check out all the photos I took for it, the review I wrote and the love I gave it with all my heart because it’s one hell of a badass story.

Stop the Magician. Steal the book. Save the future.

Reading The Last Magician; I was enthralled by the story. It took me by surprise how much I loved it and enjoyed it and of course the sequel was one of my most anticipated releases of all-time. And now I’m #CurrentlyReadingThe Devil’s Thief” and it’s even more amazing.

I’d like to Thank Simon & Schuster for my free advance reader’s copy and for including me in the awesome blog tour to celebrate The Devil’s Thief release.

And to celebrate, I was honored to do a fun interview with Lisa Maxwell to bring you the backstage view of how this amazing world and magical aspects were all built and to get to know this amazing author.

The Devil’s Thief, Lisa Maxwell, Simon Pulse, October 9th 2018, Hardcover, ISBN: 9781481494458, 704 pages

So without further ado, let’s do this; Keep reading because there’s a surprise below.

Hunt the Stones. Beware the Thief. Avenge the Past.

Reading “The Last Magician” synopsis about a year ago, I was entranced by the idea of it taking place in New-York 1902; why time travel?

When I started plotting out Esta’s story, she wasn’t originally going to be a historical character. Even when I decided on 1902, I knew she wasn’t someone who was raised in that time period. I needed her to be more modern feeling and sounding, so I decided that maybe she wasn’t from there…but once I decided that, I had to figure out why she was a time traveler, so it was more than just a plot device.

Magic, time/travel, street gangs, the 1900s… what was your inspiration?

Magic is basically my wheelhouse. I can’t seem to write anything that’s just straight, realistic fiction. But the rest? I have Newsies to thank for that.

“For Harry, who is proof that magic is real; Tell us more about this dedication, is it for Harry Potter like we all guessed?

Lol, no! It’s not Harry Potter at all. The book’s actually dedicated to my youngest son, whose name happens to be Harry and who is definitely not named after Harry Potter.

  I think it’s funny that so many people have thought it’s been Harry Potter I dedicated the book to. I can sort of see it…considering the wording, but nope.

Esta, Dolph, Harte … our three main characters; if you have to describe each with one single word, what would it be?

Badass, Stubborn, Tender in that order

How long did it take you to build and write the Last Magician and It’s quite obvious that the Devil’s Thief is much bigger; tell us about the process.

The Last Magician came out of years of thinking and collecting ideas. I knew I wanted to write a really tough girl thief, but I had no idea what her story was for a really long time. The Devil’s Thiefmight be bigger, but I wrote most of it in a couple of months. For both, it was a lot of desperation, frustration, and tears, lol. I just kept writing—and complaining about writing to anyone who would listen.

Putting the plot, characters, sceneries … etc. together comes from real life sometimes; how did you put it all together? What places did you visit, people you talked to…?

I did a ton of research. I have shelves filled with it. I also did some tours of the lower east side in NYC and took tours at the Lower East Side History Project—those guys are awesome, and I’d highly recommend. I also did some tours and talked to people at the Tenement Museum.

When you were writing did you listen to music, like put together a playlist that fits the book’s mood? What songs would you suggest we readers listen to while reading it?

I don’t usually listen to music when I write, but I listened to Chris Cornell’s Higher Truth album a lot for TLM. I’m terrible at playlists, because my musical tastes tend to run rock, late 90s/2000s, and heavy. But Cage the Elephant’s “Punching Bag” is 100% perfect for Viola if anyone wants to give it a listen. And I always suggest Christ Cornell.

We know that the Last Magician is a duology, any plans to expand it more? Or are there new projects on the horizon?

It’s actually a trilogy! (YAAY, goodreads scared me there for a minute, Lisa) And yes. I have a Middle Grade coming out in 2020 (*throws-confetti*) and two more YAs after that, but I have no idea what they’ll be.

Tell us your favorite quote from the books?

“Liars do make the best magicians, and he happened to be exceptional.” – Too bad I stole half of it from Houdini himself

What about your all-time favorite quote; from anything, books, movies, a song … etc.

Oh, man. That’s a hard one. Maybe Faulkner’s old, “The past isn’t dead. It isn’t even past.

What are you reading now?

Some upcoming 2019 books and a ton of research stuff.

Tell us about a book you read more than twice.

I absolutely love anything by Toni Morrison and The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien. I was convinced that those characters had to be real—actually, I still am, despite him definitely saying otherwise.

Writing and reading are obviously your passion, what else do you enjoy doing?

I really like cooking, driving, and listening to live music.

If not an author, what do you think you’d have aspired to be?

Well, I spent a lot of time becoming a professor, so I’d probably still be one of those.

Let’s play a TOP FIVE game:


Beloved, The Things They Carried, Outlander (I need to read that myself), The Great Gatsby, The Sound and the Fury


Toni Morrison, William Faulkner, Tim O’Brien, F Scott Fitzgerald, Diana Gabaldon

Book characters

Jamie Fraser, the Darkling, Dolph Saunders, Hermione Granger (YAS), Sirius Black (*cries*)


Foo Fighters “Walk,” Green Day “Still Breathing,” Chris Cornell “Before We Disappear,” BB King and Eric Clapton’s “Come Rain or Come Shine,” the Beatles “Let it Be”


French Kiss, Shakespeare in Love, The English Patient, anything Marvel (High-five to that Lisa), Walter Mitty


Foo Fighters, Green Day, the Struts, Pretty Reckless, Highly Suspect

Countries on your bucket list

Italy, Spain, Peru, Greece, Japan

Another game, THIS/THAT

Coffee or Tea?  Coffee

Hardcovers or Paperbacks? Doesn’t matter—I like ebooks

Instagram or Twitter?  Instagram

Binge a show or watch an episode every week? binge

Fantasy or contemporary books? Anything with Romance

Fiction or non-fiction? fiction

Day or Night? day

Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings? Stars Wars, maybe? Star Wars or HP

Winter or Summer? Summer

Spring or fall? Fall

Pumpkin Spice or Toffee-Nut? Toffee-nut

This was amazing and now for the tour contest surprise, check the link to participate and the Grand Prize for the Tour Participants:

Signed copy of The Devil’s Thief – pavé snake bracelet – character art – signed swag

Runners Up (2)

Character art – signed swag pack

The tour entry form: tour contest terms/conditions: @LisaMaxwellYAInstagram: @LisaMaxwell13Main website: www.lisa-maxwell.comSeries website (with BUY LINKSt)



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