Today, The Devil’s Thief author Lisa Maxwell stops by with a guest post about how (and where) she writes — plus keep reading to learn more about the sequel to The Last Magician, and enter to win an amazing prize pack!
One of the questions I get a lot is about my writing process, especially about how and where I write.
When I first started writing, I could write pretty much anywhere. I had two tiny kiddos, a part-time job, and not enough hours in the day, and I was desperate to try to make a run at this writing thing, so I’d squeeze a few minutes in anywhere—pickup lines and coffee shops and on breaks at work.
I can still write anywhere if I’m in the editing or revision stage, but for the actual writing, these days it really depends on the book.
Most of my writing is done in my “office,” which isn’t really an office at all. It’s a living room in my house that isn’t closed off or private in any way. I have a couch, a blanket, my laptop, and usually a cup of coffee at my side. But the book often determines where I write. For The Last Magician, I found that I really could only concentrate when I locked myself away in a dark bedroom. Curtains drawn, shades down, and lights off, it was just me and the glow of my computer screen as I sat in bed to write. This was really not so great for the posture. For The Devil’s Thief, I had a hard time starting while I was at home. I found that I needed to get out into the white noise of a coffee shop to get myself going on certain scenes, especially early on in the book.
I also usually write in the mornings. Since I’m a mom and a full-time professor, if I wait until the end of the day, I’m usually too mentally exhausted and physically drained to concentrate on anything at all. I’m not a morning person—I’d much rather stay up late and sleep in—but I work best in the mornings. When I first started writing, I’d wake up at 5am to get a couple of hours in before the rest of the house woke. These days, I have to remind myself that I write best first. If I get myself up, make some coffee, and then settle in but I don’t start writing, I get derailed pretty fast. Email and promo stuff and dealing with students are really easy ways to distract myself, so it takes a little bit of discipline (okay….a lot of discipline) to get to the book first and keep my focus there.
So that’s basically it: a comfy couch, soft blanket, cup of coffee, and a laptop, and I’m good. One of these days I hope I can get a real office, with a door I can close to block out the rest of the world, but until that happens, I write when I can and however the book demands it.
Thanks so much for hosting me! And thanks so much for reading!
In this spellbinding sequel to the New York Times bestselling The Last Magician, Esta and Harte set off on a cross-country chase through time to steal back the elemental stones they need to save the future of magic.
Hunt the Stones.
Beware the Thief.
Avenge the Past.
Esta’s parents were murdered. Her life was stolen. And everything she knew about magic was a lie. She thought the Book of Mysteries held the key to freeing the Mageus from the Order’s grasp, but the danger within its pages was greater than she ever imagined.
Now the Book’s furious power lives inside Harte. If he can’t control it, it will rip apart the world to get its revenge, and it will use Esta to do it.
To bind the power, Esta and Harte must track down four elemental stones scattered across the continent. But the world outside the city is like nothing they expected. There are Mageus beyond the Brink not willing to live in the shadows—and the Order isn’t alone in its mission to crush them.
In St. Louis, the extravagant World’s Fair hides the first stone, but an old enemy is out for revenge and a new enemy is emerging. And back in New York, Viola and Jianyu must defeat a traitor in a city on the verge of chaos.
As past and future collide, time is running out to rewrite history—even for a time-traveling thief.
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