Victoria J. Hyla (Author)/Victoria Hyla Maldonado (Author/Editor)
Victoria J. Hyla (Author)/Victoria Hyla Maldonado (Author/Editor)

Victoria J. Hyla / Victoria Hyla Maldonado

Victoria J. Hyla (Victoria Hyla Maldonado) is a Chicagoland native who has been writing all her life. She works as a freelance writer and editor as well as an editor for Think Ahead Kids, a new publishing company for great children's books. She also has worked as a high school English and English Language Learner teacher, middle school French teacher, and director of several theatrical productions.



Victorias published novel works include the Hearts Drawn Wyld trilogy. Book 1: In Death We Part, Book 2: Running in the Mists, and Book 3: Awake in Elysian Fields are available for purchase on all major online book retailers as well as multiple digital platforms. The trilogy follows Brianna Wylder and Elyse Brennan Wylder as these women deal with loss and love and the world beyond.


She also is the author of the Hotel Brisas series. Book 1: Rooted Hearts, Book 1. The series is set in Cuernavaca, Mexico, and follows a group of women seeking renovations in life and love as they forge ahead on their paths together. Book 2, Planted Souls, currently is in progress. The third installement, tenatively titled Blooming Rose, will follow after that.



Victoria also is the author of the children's book Bartleby the Brave (and its Spanish translation Miedosin el Valiente), Tears for the Butterly, Monstery Donstery Dock, and Tempest the Turtle, and Hugo the Humble.



Victoria has been dabbling in the art of short stories and has several out and several more to come. The Bridge, is available in the Young Crush anthology. A Stitch in Time is available in the Storybook Pub 2 anthology. Resonance is available in the Tricks, Treats, and Teasers anthology. Victoria's gothic horror romance story Cursed is available in a horror anthology called The Nightmare Collective, Part 2Foxtales 10, a multigenre anthology of local writers features four of her stories that range from family drama (Apparent) to crime suspense (In Memoriam) to post-apocalyptic (Deserted). Navidad Nights is a Mexican-themed short story is available in the Christmas romance anthology Caught Under the Mistletoe. Beyond Existing is available in the single parent romance collection Gaining Ground. By the Book is a quirky tale of online dating that matches users up based on their reading interests available in the romantic comedy anthology Imperfect Date. Femme Façade is a sexy twist on cops and robbers in the police-themed Held Against YouHarmoinc Desinty is a Greek Gods romance in Legend of the Gods.


Coming soon...   


In 2024, Victoria will release a fantasy collaboration with a local author group as well as more short stories in anthologies, including a Paranormal Academy romance, a sports romance, an alien romance, a romantic comedy, an underwater gods romance, a holidy romance, and a scifi romance.



Victoria also is the editor, compiler, organizer, and introduction writer for The Evidence I Have Lived: The Complete Writings of Lisa F. Gullo.



Victoria also contributed a short nonfiction personal essay to the book Life as a Woman by Romelia Lungu and an essay called The Evidence of a Life to a multinational platform.



Victoria also is the typist, compiler, chronicler, and executive assistant to Foo Dog and manages his affairs and blog at

In the Media

Podcasts, Interviews, Radio Shows, and more.

Author Spotlight on Think Ahead Kids

Think Ahead Kids welcomes Victoria as a featured author.

Learn about her children's books: "Bartleby the Brave" and "Tears for the Butterfly."

The Author's Porch Live

Victoria went live with CJ.

We talked about writing, books, and generally being a creative.

Live Author Spotlight with Quinn P. Cummings

Interview Podcasts

Victoria and Quinn talk about "Bartleby the Brave," the new children's book "Tears for the Butterfly," and a little about her novels.

Uncut with Lucia Matuonto

Watch and listen as Lucia interviews Victoria about writing and her books and so much more!

Also available on a variety of platforms:
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Flipboard  Google News App  DailyHunt App (mobile)

Authors & More with Karen Kelly

Karen interviews Victoria about her books and life and contributions to the publishing industry.

Watch the Interview about my, my life in Aurora, and everything that I do!

Good Morning Aurora Noticias y Mimosas at Tavern on Broadway

Victoria was invited in as the special guest for the Sunday edition of Good Morning Aurora called Noticias y Mimosas on 12/5/21.

It was a fun interview and great to have a live crowd!

TeaFairy and Friends Storytime Adventures

TeaFairy and Rex the Dragon read aloud and interview Victoria about her children's books.

Hear Bartleby the Brave and Tears for the Butterfly read aloud. Watch an interview with Victoria (and Joaquin and Mika). Watch videos about how to draw these amazing characters.

Empowered Publicity's Neighborly Reviews Bookcast

Actor David Newell, the Speedy Delivery Man Mr. McFeely from "Mr. Roger's Neighborhood gave a stunning review of "Bartleby the Brave."

The Bartleby segment begins at 18:30

Dine Sherman's Stories and More

Dina Sherman does a read-aloud of "Bartleby the Brave."

And she even dresses up like Bartleby! 

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