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 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 is working on a new romance series called Hotel Brisas, specifically Book 1: Rooted Hearts.



Victoria also is the author of the children's book Bartleby the Brave and its Spanish translation Miedosin el Valiente as well as Tears for the Butterly. Her forthcoming Monstery Donstery Dock (October 2021) and Tempest the Turtle (release TBD) are currently being illustrated.



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 aailable in the Tricks, Treats, and Teasers anthology.


Coming soon...  Victoria's gothic horror romance story "Cursed" will be featured in a horror anthology called The Nightmare Collective, Part 2. She had four short pieces in Foxtales 10, a multigenre anthology of local writers; her stories range from family drama ("Apparent") to crime suspense ("In Memoriam") to post-apocalyptic "Living in Color" and "Deserted." Plus, "Navidad Nights," a Mexican-themed short story will debut in a Christmas anthology called Caught Under the Mistletoe


In 2022, she will also have more short stories coming out in anthologies in 2022, including "By the Book," an imperfect date romantic comedy, and "Beyond Existing," a second-chance romance in the Backbone single-parent romance anthology. Other stories will include a a summer beach romance, a girls three-day getaway, and workplace Christmas 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:
Facebook  LinkedIn  Twitter  Instagram  Book Shoutout on Instagram  
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 on the News

Victoria and her kids infiltrated the new on 6/17/2021 at Good Morning Aurora.

It was chaos, but it was fun, full of juice, hugs, laughs, art, and books. Thanks Curtis.

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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