Hi there.

My name is Eliza, and I write novels. What kind of novels, you might ask?  As often as I’ve heard that question, I’ve never come up with a good answer. They’ve been called brooding, dark.  They’ve been marketed as psychological suspense, as women’s fiction, as mystery. Mostly, they’re human. And that can cover a lot of territory. Because when you flip humans over, there are almost always secrets crawling around under there. That’s where I find my stories, in the places most of us don’t like to peer too closely at. If, like me, you find those wiggly little secrets irresistible, then by all means, welcome.




The Unremembered Girl – Available for Pre-Order Now

Lake Union Publishing
Release Date — November 1, 2017

In the deep woods of East Texas, Henry supports his family by selling bootleg liquor. It’s all he can do to keep his compassionate but ailing mother and his stepfather—a fanatical grassroots minister with a bruising rhetoric—from ruin. But they have no idea they’ve become the obsession of the girl in the woods.

Abandoned and nearly feral, Eve has been watching them, seduced by the notion of family—something she’s known only in the most brutal sense. Soon she can’t resist the temptation to get close. Where Henry’s mother sees a poor girl in need, his father sees only wickedness. When Henry forges an unexpected bond with Eve, he believes he might be able to save her. He doesn’t know how wrong he is.

Eve is about to take charge of her own destiny—and that of Henry’s family. As both their worlds spin violently out of control, Henry must make an impossible choice: protect the broken young woman who’s claimed a piece of his soul, or put everyone he loves at risk in order to do the right thing.

The Unremembered Girl – Book Trailer




The Grave Tender

Lake Union Publishing
Release date — April 11, 2017

A chilling psychological suspense novel, The Grave Tender explores the dark boundaries people cross to save loved ones, and the limits of family bonds tested by the deepest of betrayals.

Endless questions from a shadow-filled East Texas childhood haunt Hadley Dixon. People said her mother, Winnie, was never quite right, but with one single, irreparable act, life as Hadley knew it was shattered. The aftershocks of that moonlit night left her reeling, but the secrets and lies had started long before.

When a widowed and pregnant Hadley returns years later, it’s not the safe harbor she expects. The mysteries surrounding a local boy’s disappearance remain, and the townspeople still whisper about Hadley’s strange and reclusive Uncle Eli—whispers about a monster in their midst.

But Hadley’s father and grandmother, the cornerstones of everything safe in her world, avoid her questions. If Hadley stays here, will she be giving her children the family they need, or putting their lives in danger?

The hunt for answers takes a determined Hadley deep into the pine forests, in search of sunlight that will break through the canopy of lies long enough to reveal the truth.

Revised edition: This edition of The Grave Tender includes editorial revisions.

The Grave Tender – Book Trailer




The Kinfolk

Along the banks of the Neches river, surrounded by the dense piney woods of east Texas, where the humidity makes even the mosquitos go a little soft in the head, there’s a pack of liars and thieves that Mimosa Mabry reluctantly calls family. After a lifetime spent trying to put the place behind her, the kinfolk have come calling, and they want her home.

Against her better judgement, Mo returns, but finds the answer she’s searching for—the truth about a child named Lucy—slipping further from her grasp than ever. Because in deep east Texas, at the mercy of your kin, truth is relative. As enigmatic as a carnival shell game.

And the game is rigged.



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Eliza Maxwell

I live in Texas with a patient man, two impatient children and a bird named Sarah.

There’s also a bird dog. She lives a tortured existence.

A writer, painter, and a British television addict, I love nothing more than the quiet parts of the world, a good cup of coffee, and sitting on the front porch. You can find me there, if you look closely. Drop me a line.



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Katie Shea Boutillier
Donald Maass Literary Agency
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